Protecting Welcome, Restoring Hope

Churches launch national movement to safeguard our welcome of refugees.

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Transforming communities around the globe.

CWS has worked for seven decades with one goal: building a world where there is enough for all. We affirm the power of individuals and communities to take ownership of their future. We meet them right where they are, helping them create solutions they can maintain – and build on. That means a refugee family who is able to start a new life. Or someone rebuilding after disaster finds safety with dignity.

Saad Omar Adam, who fled violence and turmoil in Sudan and Libya, is making a new life in the U.S.

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Pich Khorn's used a small cash grant to start a garden and a small grocery shop, saving her family from disaster.

Photo: Sok Touch

Amal found psychosocial support and education services - and new hope - in Cairo, her family's new home.

Photo: Kirsten Fryer

Marta Gutierrez, a community leader in Carazo, Nicaragua, is pioneering innovative agricultural techniques.

Photo: Amber Blake

We are making an impact. Together.

We believe that there is enough food, water and justice for everyone in our world. Our work to build alliances among faith groups, civil society, advocates and those in need, and provide programs and services that are impactful, is as critical now as it ever has been. In the past year alone, we've been able to make differences in tens of thousands of lives in more than 30 countries.

Over 28,000
people in Vietnam benefited from WASH, education and hygiene programs.

14,388 refugees
from sub-Saharan Africa resettled to the United States in FY 2015.

More than 10,000
families in Central America are more food secure and resilient to climate change.

Latest Updates and Action Alerts

Tell the White House & Congress that you OPPOSE Trump’s Announcement to Grind Refugee Resettlement To a Halt and Bar Refugees from Certain Countries

President Donald Trump announced in January that the U.S. government will ban travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries for 90 days; suspend refugee resettlement for 120 days; preference religious minorities; and drastically reduce the number of refugees the United States welcomes from 110,000 to 50,000, a historic low. This announcement flies in the face of our best values of compassion, hospitality, and welcome. With more than 65 million forcibly displaced in the world–the worst in our global history–it is more important than ever to take action by condemning this new policy. CALL NOW!

CWS Statement Following U.S. Airstrikes in Syria

April 7, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 7, 2017 CONTACT: | 718-300-1597 CWS STATEMENT FOLLOWING U.S. AIRSTRIKES IN SYRIA Following the first direct U.S. airstrikes against the Assad regime in Syria, Church World Service issued this statement: “CWS is devastated by the chemical attacks and heartbreaking deaths of innocent children and adults in Syria. These horrors and the subsequent U.S. military […]

CWS Statement on “Energy Independence” Executive Order

March 28, 2017

CWS is deeply disturbed by the new Executive Order signed today by President Trump, which effectively dismantles work painstakingly undertaken over many decades to protect the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people. By cutting back programs specifically designed to reduce carbon emissions, further damage — potentially irreparable — will be done to God’s Earth; this […]


CWS has launched a new campaign to stand in solidarity with those who have been displaced. Find out more. Visit

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