Welcome a Refugee

Two young men becoming friends

CWS Durham seeks ways for community members and refugee clients to interact. Photo: Kate Roberts

Welcome Teams

Welcome teams accompany refugees in their first months in the US. In partnership with a local CWS affiliate refugee resettlement office, prepare an apartment, greet the family at the airport and assist with activities such as school registration and grocery shopping. Your encouragement, time, and financial support during a family’s first months will make an impact in their lives – and in the lives of your Welcome Team members.

Reach out to your local office. Welcome team activities vary depending on that affiliate and community needs. Families arrive every month; please contact your local CWS refugee resettlement office today.

Welcome Home Kits

Refugee families arrive with ample hope and determination, but with few material possessions to make a home. By collecting blankets, dishes, and household essentials you contribute a small piece of restoration to a family who has faced unimaginable circumstances. See this list of items in a welcome kit.

Contact Brianne Casey for more information and before starting a collection. When your Welcome Home Kit is ready, CWS will provide you the shipping address for the CWS affiliate office that is most in need of the welcome kit. Please note, we ask that donors pay all shipping costs. CWS is not able to accept incomplete kits.


Live the call to justice and hospitality while creating welcoming communities; volunteer at your local CWS affiliate refugee resettlement office. Volunteer opportunities may include assisting with initial appointments, serving as an English partner, or coordinating donations. Opportunities vary according to your community, but all connect your talents, time and energy with our newest neighbors. Contact the CWS refugee resettlement office in your community for current volunteer opportunities.