Volunteers and Office for New American Staff Assist with Citizenship Process

Poughkeepsie, NY – Catholic Charities Community Services of Dutchess County and the Office for New Americans are proud to celebrate the accomplishments of Highland resident Mohammed Chlih as he recently became a United States citizen. Chlih, originally from Morocco, utilized the services of Catholic Charities Office for New American’s immigration program to help him along the rigorous path to citizenship.

In addition to having experienced naturalization attorneys and paralegals available to help individuals work through the complex application process of becoming a US citizen, Catholic Charities’ volunteers provide tutoring and studying assistance to help applicants prepare for the citizenship exam and interview process.

“As a retired educator, it gives me great pleasure to work with our neighbors in the community who are going through the citizenship application process,” said Catholic Charities volunteer Dorothy Milliot. “They are eager to learn and grateful for the study and practice time as they prepare for the citizenship exam and interview. I am so proud of Mohammed; all of his hard work has paid off.”

“Mohammed, like many of our clients, had been putting off the citizenship application for years because of financial and educational obstacles, but our team of legal counselors and educators were able to remove every barrier in his way. I couldn’t be more proud of Mohammed’s accomplishment and the work of our team,” said Dan Buzi, Program and Volunteer Coordinator, Catholic Charities Community Services Office for New Americans.

For questions regarding an immigration matter, please call the New York State New Americans Hotline at 1-800-566-7636.  The Hotline is open from 9 am to 8 pm, Monday through Friday, and operators speak many languages.

Catholic Charities Community Services of Dutchess County is dedicated to helping solve the problems of New Yorkers in need – both Catholic and non-Catholic, day in and day out,

and always with compassion and dignity. Some of the ways that Catholic Charities provides help and creates hope are protecting and nurturing children and youth, feeding the hungry and sheltering the homeless, strengthening families and resolving crises, supporting the physically and emotionally challenged, and welcoming and integrating immigrants and refugees.

Cutline: Dorothy Milliot, a volunteer with Catholic Charities Community Services of Dutchess County, and Dan Buzi (right), program and volunteer coordinator for Catholic Charities Office for New Americans, pose with new US citizen Mohammed Chlih (center), originally from Morocco, as he shows off his American citizenship certificate.