In January 2023, the U.S. Department of State announced the launch of the Welcome Corps, a new program that allows community members to sponsor and welcome refugees to their neighborhoods. Welcome Corps expands the resettlement capacity of the United States and equips sponsors to provide all the services refugee newcomers need in their first few months.
Church World Service is excited to participate in this program as a Private Sponsor Organization (PSO). As a PSO, CWS provides support and technical assistance to the Private Sponsor Groups (PSGs) doing the resettlement work in their communities. Interested in participating in Welcome Corps as a Private Sponsor Group? Fill out the CWS Private Sponsor Group interest form and a staff member will contact you.
Please note that Welcome Corps is currently in Phase 1, which does not have a referral component. Sponsors will not be able to refer particular refugees for resettlement until Phase 2.