Press Releases

CWS to Open New Offices and Programs to Welcome Refugees and Afghan Evacuees Across Nation

October 28, 2021

New York City—Church World Service today announced that it will open new offices and programs in 10 sites across the nation to welcome Afghan evacuees and refugees rebuilding their lives in the United States via the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. As one of the nine U.S. resettlement agencies, CWS is expanding its capacity for welcome, responding to the worst displacement …

Church World Service Celebrates 75th Anniversary with Renowned Travel Author and Television Host Rick Steves

October 27, 2021

Washington, D.C.—Church World Service today will celebrate its 75th anniversary at a virtual event with renowned travel author and television host Rick Steves. Through a conversation with CWS President and CEO Rick Santos, the two will honor the organization’s historic and ground-breaking work and its hopes for the future. For 75 years, CWS’s mission has remained the same by transforming …

CWS Applauds Biden on New Refugee Admissions Goal, but More to be Done

October 8, 2021

Washington, D.C.—CWS today commended the new FY 2022 Presidential Determination from the Biden administration to welcome 125,000 refugees next year and urged the administration to meaningfully rebuild and strengthen the resettlement program to expand our nation’s capacity to welcome. The organization notes that while compensating for the failures of the past four years, more needs to be done to address …

United Methodist Committee Relief Grant Helps Church World Service Support Afghan Allies

Magnitude of Work Calls for Denominational Engagement Akin to that Needed for CWS’s Creation in 1945, Leaders Say Atlanta, GA–Following the fall of Kabul in August, tens of thousands of vulnerable Afghans were evacuated to U.S. military bases.  An estimated 50,000 are scheduled to arrive in the United States, seeking to rebuild their lives. Thanks to a new $100,000 grant from …

New CWS Program Will Promote Safety, Well-Being of Unaccompanied Children Arriving in United States

Washington, D.C.—CWS today announced the launch of the new Home Study and Post Release Service Program to promote the safety and well-being of unaccompanied children arriving in the United States. The program will aid those children released from the care of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) as they reunite with family members or sponsors. Through this initiative, children and …