Refugee Health Program Voluntary Resettlement Agencies (VOLAGs)

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The U.S. Department of State has cooperative agreements with voluntary resettlement agencies (VOLAGs) to deliver refugee reception and placement services. Thus, all primary refugees will have a sponsoring organization working with them upon arrival to Wisconsin. The local affiliates of national VOLAGs are responsible for refugee resettlement throughout the state as well as assisting refugees in issues such as employment, English-language training, health service referrals, and housing. These agencies are located throughout the state. 

Catholic Charities USA 
Catholic Charities/Diocese of Green Bay
Ted Phernetton
1825 S. Riverside Drive
Green Bay  WI 54305
Phone 920-272-8234

Catholic Charities/Milwaukee
Steven Xiong
3501 S Lake Drive
Milwaukee  WI 53207
Phone 414-771-2881  x4121

International Institute of Wisconsin 
Al Durtka
1110 N Old Third Street
Suite 420
Milwaukee  WI 53203
Phone 414-225-6220

Lutheran Social Services  
Mary Flynn
5300 W Lincoln Avenue
Milwaukee  WI 53219  
Phone 414-325-3117

Pan-African Community Association 
Fessahaye Mebrahtu
4063 N 64th St Unit A
Milwaukee  WI 53216
Phone 414-442-5864

World Relief Fox Valley
Kathy Schultz
115 Washington Avenue
Suite 400
Oshkosh  WI 54901
Phone 920-891-7961


Wisconsin Local Health Departments - Regional offices - Tribal agencies

Respiratory Diseases and International Health Unit

      Savitri Tsering - Refugee Health Coordinator 
      Norma Denbrook - Dispensary and interjurisdictional transfers
      Jo Mercurio - Office operations
      Pa Vang - TB nurse consultant 
      Philip Wegner - TB nurse consultant

Last Revised: February 24, 2015