CWS Affiliate Offices

Refugee Resettlement

Welcome a Refugee Family!

The U.S. State Department requests that churches working with refugees be located within 50 miles of a refugee resettlement office. Our Disciples denomination partners with the resettlement agency of Church World Service. Their affiliate offices are located in the areas listed here.  Maps of these refugee resettlement offices are listed here.

Refugee Story

Hussam Alroustom, a Syrian Refugee, fled Syria on March 23rd, 2013. After his house was shelled by a missile from the Syrian Army.  Read his story.

Welcoming Refugees Through Ecumenical Partnership

RefugeeChicagoCWSpartner1Churches are now asked to consider helping with at least THREE of the following types of welcoming activities, according to the church’s choice: setting up an apartment for a new refugee or family, providing a contribution for rent, gathering furniture and household items, stocking the pantry with culturally appropriate groceries, meeting the refugee/s at the airport, providing a welcoming meal, accompanying the refugee/s to a medical appointment, teaching basic English or financial literacy education, assisting the refugees to prepare for a job, offering transportation assistance, and creatively “touring” the refugees throughout your neighborhood!  Click here to download the “Co-Sponsorship” form.

There are more refugees in the world now than SINCE World War II.  Please contact Sharon at our Refugee & Immigration Ministries office at or 202-957-7826 for more information about refugee engagement options in your area!

“I was a stranger and you welcomed me…” View a video about Refugee Resettlement.

Statement in Support of Just, Humane, and Compassionate Immigration Reform

RIM’s Washington, D.C., office works regularly to help ensure refugee needs and supports are strongly maintained. This includes working to include and reinforce refugee specific language as a priority in Congress’ current immigration reform discussions. See our Disciples “Statement in Support of Just, Compassionate Immigration Reform” which highlights the need to improve protection for refugees and asylees in our legal system.

Office of Refugee Resettlement: Expanding Mandate, Insufficient Funding

ORR chartEach year, millions of refugees around the world are forced to flee their homes due to violence and persecution. While less than one percent of refugees will ever be resettled to a third country, the U.S. has a long and proud tradition of offering life-saving protection to refugees who cannot return home safely or remain where they are.  Formally established in 1980, the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program welcomed 58,238 refugees in FY12 and in FY13 refugee arrivals are expected to reach 70,000. Read more.

Refugee Resettlement Myths Busted

This Refugee Myth Buster Poster is a resource from the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services.

Refugee Related Legislation/Policies to Watch and Track

Read more.

May 10, 2013
A Real Opportunity to Improve Protections for the Persecuted

At a time when the Senate is considering the modernization of our immigration laws, they should also take measures to ensure the U.S. strengthens protections for those fleeing persecution. Christians and other faith groups are being targeted in many places around the world. Ethnic and political persecution is a significant problem as well.

The Senate immigration bill that is being marked up this week, S.744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act, includes several provisions to increase the efficiency and improve protections for refugees, asylum seekers and stateless people.  Read more.

May 5, 2013
Statement on Refugee and Asylum Provisions

At a time when the Senate is considering the modernization of our immigration laws, we also have the opportunity to ensure that the United States strengthens protections for those fleeing persecution, including the many Christians facing religious persecution around the world.

The bipartisan Senate immigration bill being marked up this week includes several important provisions that increase program efficiency and improve protection of refugees, asylum seekers and stateless people. For example, it eliminates the arbitrary one-year filing deadline so that those who have a valid persecution claim are not turned away because they did not file their claims within a year. This often happens due to challenges understanding our system, navigating the asylum system in English and completing the extensive work involved in preparing an asylum application. Read the article.

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