SMC-Connect Logo

Find community services in San Mateo County

Refugee and Immigrant Services (RIS)

Human Services

Refugee and Immigrant Services (RIS)

Catholic Charities CYO

Provides support and sponsorship to legal status refugees.


Sponsors refugees. Service includes an assessment of individual needs, family reunification, employment counseling, and case management follow-up on refugees' progress towards cultural and economic assimilation and self-reliance. Most immigration issues are covered. Holds consultations for current clients on Thursdays at St. Francis Center, 151 Buckingham Avenue, Redwood City 94063, and Fridays at St. Matthew, 1 Notre Dame Avenue, San Mateo 94402. Call ahead for appointments. Workshops for new clients are held Mondays at 1pm. No appointment is necessary. There is a consultation fee. Formerly known as Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, Family and Immigrant Services.


Public Transit:

MUNI - J Church. BART - Glen Park Station.
180 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94105 37.7907667 -122.3933562 Human Services

Service Options

Languages Spoken:

  • Cantonese
  • Lao
  • Mandarin
  • Polish
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog
  • Vietnamese

Accessibility Options:

  • Elevator
  • Wheelchair



None for most services. Varies according to income for immigration services.


Refugees and immigrants


Legal refugee status, humanitarian parolee, asylum seeker or immigrant

How to Apply:

Call for information.

Service Wait Estimate:

Varies according to program.

Service Areas:

  • Marin County
  • San Francisco County
  • San Mateo County