Every family has the right to live in safety and dignity.
CWS has been welcoming refugees and asylum seekers to the United States since the 1940s. And the need is greater now than it has been in decades. From the moment refugee families arrive in the United States, we help meet their needs. We also make sure they have the information and skills they need to thrive.
In the halls of the U.S. Capitol, and in cities and towns across the U.S., we're standing for welcome. We're lifting refugee and immigrant voices to call for inclusive, supportive policies.
When a disaster happens, we also focus on supporting our vulnerable neighbors. Our emergency response efforts include immediate aid like CWS Kits and Blankets as well as a focus on long-term recovery.
In communities across the United States, CROP Hunger Walks provide grants to over 1,600 hunger-fighting agencies each year.
Join the movement to ensure that everyone can have food, voice and a safe place to call home.
I Am Because We Are
In 2016, as the war in Syria dominated world headlines, nearly eight million Syrians were internally displaced while hundreds of thousands lived in areas under siege. Millions of Syrian refugees were registered in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt. One of those millions is a Church World Service case manager, Doha, who left Syria in 2013 and arrived in Egypt in …
From Kabul to CWS Paralegal: The Story of Samir.
It was a beautiful spring morning in Greensboro, North Carolina, as we sat in the office of Church World Service. Looking out of the window, the tulip magnolia trees were in bloom, decorating the skyscrapers of Greensboro and roads that stretch as far as our eyes could reach. Sitting with us that day was an Afghan national and a CWS …
CWS Named National VOAD Member of the Year
For Immediate Release: May 4, 2022 CWS Named National VOAD Member of the Year Baltimore, MD– Church World Service has been named the 2022 National VOAD Member of the Year. The honor was announced last night, as part of the National VOAD conference in Baltimore Maryland. National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, or VOAD, is a coalition of 70+ of …
Ramona Finds Her Voice and The Opportunity for a Better Life
Note before reading: This story includes references to sexual assault and kidnapping. Like many Cubans, Ramona lived in her country under constant fear. She worked at a small restaurant to sustain her son and was silenced whenever she tried to express her thoughts about the government. “I was treated badly there because I didn’t agree with how things were done. …
Finding Strength and Pushing Forward: Anna’s Journey
In Cuba, when someone speaks out against the government they risk being ostracized by their neighbors, coworkers and friends. When her neighbors protested against the regime, however, Anna did not look down on them. Instead, she stepped in and defended them at the expense of her ability to live a calm life in Cuba. She shared, “I am seen poorly …