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.
The Welcome Corps Will Bring New Communities into the Joy of Sponsoring Refugee Arrivals
New York City–CWS today applauds the launch of The Welcome Corps– a new program that will increase the capacity of U.S. refugee resettlement by giving everyday Americans the opportunity to sponsor refugees from around the world. The Welcome Corps is an important evolution to expand refugee resettlement, building upon 40 years of public-private partnership in the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program …
Sarla’s Right to Learn
In mid-October 2022, our staff at the CWS National Call Center received a call from a single mother in Alabama looking for help enrolling her daughter in public school. Norma Angelica and her 8-year-old daughter, Sarla, arrived in the United States this past summer looking for a safe place to live. When it was time to enroll in school, Sarla …
The Arrival That Brought Back Memories
The long-awaited day was here for the Eritrean family. Our CWS team gathered at the curb of a small airport in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. We scanned the horizon for a van that would be bringing our newly arrived clients, who had landed in Washington D.C. just a few hours earlier. I have not had the opportunity to welcome newly arrived refugees …