Around the world 100 million people are displaced, including 27 million who have fled their countries because of conflict, violence, persecution and human rights violations. More than 40% of these refugees are children.
For the most vulnerable among them, resettlement to a safe country is their best hope for finding safety and building a future for their children.
Since CWS began its work responding to the devastation of World War II, we have helped refugee families rebuild their lives in the United States. Through partnership with local communities and congregations we ensure each arriving family is met with a warm welcome and provided with the services they need to thrive and become valued members of their new communities.
Welcoming refugees and helping get a strong start in the United States is good for all of us. Refugees overwhelmingly give back to the communities that welcome them, opening businesses, volunteering and becoming actively engaged citizens.
Building Wellness and Community
Our office, Church World Service (CWS) Harrisburg, which is part of CWS South Central Pennsylvania, has been up and running for about a year and half now. Within that time, we have created strong partnerships and connections to community groups, educational institutions and mental health professionals. Those clients presenting urgent mental health concerns identified during the resettlement period within 90 …
Giving Back and Growing Hope on World Refugee Day: Javid’s Story
This past week ahead of World Refugee Day, I visited our local resettlement office in Harrisonburg, Virginia. While there I got the opportunity to meet with clients and volunteers and hear countless inspiring stories from our refugee clients like Javid from Afghanistan. Javid was born in Kabul, and completed his high school education before receiving a scholarship to study in …
A journey of co-sponsorship with an Afghan family
In a small Connecticut town, a group of five dedicated women came together under the DARA co-sponsorship team in Danbury, Connecticut. Their mission was to support and guide newly arrived refugees in rebuilding their lives in the United States. With each passing day, their workload seemed to multiply, but they embraced the challenge with unwavering commitment. As one of the …