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Greensboro: opening new computer center
Rev. Paul Davis (left) joined CWS-Greensboro staff, clients and volunteers for the opening of the new computer center. Photo: Sarah Ivory/CWS

Learn what you can do to help welcome refugees in your community!  Individuals and organizations, such as faith groups, local voluntary organizations and student bodies, can volunteer to assist newly arriving refugees with basic services and to extend social and emotional support.

Together with the local resettlement office, they can ensure that new arrivals have decent, safe, and sanitary housing; essential furnishings; food or a food allowance and other basic necessities; necessary clothing; referral to appropriate health programs and screening; assistance in applying for social security cards and in registering children for school, and transport to job interviews and job training.

Other typical needs include English tutoring, mentoring, interpretation, help navigating the health care system, and employment advocacy. Emphasis is placed on transitioning refugees to economic independence and social integration as quickly as possible after their arrival to the United States.


How can your congregation help welcome refugees in your community? Engage your congregation in active hospitality! >>


Explore the many ways you and your community can assist refugees as they resettle in this country. >>


Expand your global engagement at home! Gain hands on experience with refugees from around the world through this rewarding work. >>


Organize a community event to help welcome refugees! Get your faith community, school, community organization, business, friends and family involved! >>


Please join us in prayer for refugees and all those forcibly displaced with members of faith communities around the world. >>


Let Congress know that you care about refugees. Urge your elected officials to improve refugee protection and the U.S. refugee resettlement program. >>

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