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.
Raul’s Silver Lining
Trigger Warning: This story mentions instances of sexual abuse, child abuse, kidnapping and human trafficking. For most people seeking asylum, the journey to a safe home requires an incredible amount of trust and hope. This is especially true for unaccompanied immigrant minors, whose age and lack of companionship make them more vulnerable in an already dangerous situation. For Raul,* trusting …
What a Difference a Year Brings
One year ago, Najiba, a young mother of 6-month and 3-year-old girls, was preparing to leave the mountainous hamlet in Afghanistan, where she’d lived her entire life. Left behind would be her widowed mother and a brother who has a disability. Another brother would soon escape to Iraq. Soon Najiba would be joining her husband, Naser, a security guard for …
Getting Around Greensboro
I remember the first time I used public transportation in Boston. It was a stressful experience. I stared at the touch screen ticket kiosk, not sure where to start as people lined up behind me. Once I got to know how to navigate the system, such as purchasing the ticket and getting off where I wanted, it felt truly liberating …
The Refugee Welcome Collective Launches RefugeeWelcome.org
For Immediate Release: May 26, 2022 The Refugee Welcome Collective Launches RefugeeWelcome.org New site offers robust support and education to expand and improve community sponsorship in the U.S. New York City– CWS today announced the launch of RefugeeWelcome.org, a new website and online community of The Refugee Welcome Collective, created to support community sponsorship of refugee arrivals in the United …
“They Remembered Us”
Around 10 p.m. on a chilly December night in Mayfield, Kentucky, 16-year-old Miguel’s phone began to go off. The words “TORNADO WARNING” lit up on his screen as loud alarms rang from his phone. Soon, the electricity and water went out and Miguel could hear the loud winds and rain outdoors. Miguel, who recently came to the United States from …