CWS Virginia

Virginia - Members of the Rasheed Qambari family
Members of the Rasheed Qambari family, Kurdish refugees resettled to Harrisonburg, Va., in the late 1990s. Photo: Julienne Jones

CWS began resettlement in Virginia in 1962 in response to the needs of refugees fleeing Cuba in the aftermath of the revolution.  Those first refugees were welcomed to the Richmond area through the hospitality of the Virginia Council of Churches and local religious communities. 

Over the past 50 years, the Commonwealth of Virginia has provided a hospitable and supportive atmosphere for refugees and immigrants as they arrive to their new homes.

Resettlement offices in Harrisonburg, Richmond and Newport News, in partnership with local communities of faith, welcome approximately 350 people each year.  In Virginia, CWS is currently resettling refugees from Burma, Iraq, Eritrea, the former Soviet Union, Cuba, Bhutan, Iran, Iraq and Somalia.

Through CWS Virginia the following services are offered to assist newcomers as they begin their lives in Virginia:

  • Resettlement services
  • Cultural and community orientation
  • Nominal fee immigration services
  • Naturalization preparation
  • Employment and English Language Training for up to 600 people annually

An experienced multi-cultural, multi-lingual staff is ready to work with those who are eligible for these services and assist refugees and immigrants in securing the tools necessary for self-sufficiency.

Contact CWS Virginia:

Viktor Sokolyuk, Virginia Director
vsokolyuk@churchworldservice.org
250 East Elizabeth Street, Suite 109
Harrisonburg, VA 22802-4159
(540) 433-7942 phone
(540) 432-0238 fax

Jim Hershberger, Harrisonburg Office Director
jhershberger@churchworldservice.org
250 East Elizabeth Street, Suite 109
Harrisonburg, VA 22802-4159
(540) 433-7942 phone
(540) 432-0238 fax

Paul Steele, Richmond Office Director
psteele@churchworldservice.org
3314 N. Parham Road
Richmond, VA 23294
(804) 658-5279 or 5311 phone
(804) 658-5371 fax

Read more about the work of CWS Virginia at http://harrisonburgrefugees.com.  Richmond and Tidewater pages coming soon!


CWS is an equal opportunity employer / program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.