Rotary DTLA - Catholic Charities

Join us for our next meeting on Thursday, January 18, where our speaker will be Shahrokh Samadi, who will speak about the Refugee Resettlement Program of Catholic Charities and the refugee population in Southern California. He was resettled in 1985 through Catholic Charities ( and has worked for the organization since 1988.

Catholic Charities began providing immigration assistance during World War II, when refugees sought safety on American shores. Today, most clients seeking immigration services are coming from Afghanistan, Central America, Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Mexico.

Services are structured to assist newly-arrived immigrants in learning English, obtaining education, navigating legal matters, and training for jobs that will provide at least a living wage. American social norms are taught, as well. These programs have a proven track record of helping immigrants transition and contribute to society.

Join us for happy hour/dinner 6-7pm at the 3F Invention Bar, followed by our meeting at 7:15pm.

Guests and visiting Rotarians welcome!

RSVP to William Baxley at