CWS Affiliate Offices

Refugee Resettlement

The U.S. government anticipates resettlement of 40,000 Afghan allies into U.S. communities by Thanksgiving, with an additional 30,000 likely by Christmas, and every possible congregation is needed to welcome!  Contact Disciples Refugee & Immigration Ministries’ (RIM) Director, Rev. Dr. Sharon Stanley-Rea, to speak, preach, or present a program about Refugee Resettlement with your congregation:, go here for information, and consider applying for a Week of Compassion mini-grant to assist your welcoming work.



RIM offers these resources for congregations to encourage awareness, worship, and resettlement interest:

Resettlement Resources by Region here.

Worship Resources:

* Contact RIM’s Director, Rev. Dr. Sharon Stanley-Rea, to speak, preach, or present a program about Refugee Resettlement with your congregation!: or 202-957-7826

*Download a Faith Prayer Toolkit at:

*Find another Prayer for Afghanistan at:

*Share and Sing this hymn, “We Pray for Afghanistan’s People Today” by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette:

*Music Video from beloved Afghan composer, who dedicates his song “Salaam Afghanistan” to Afghan refugees and others praying still to escape:

*Engage your congregation to advocate for protection of Afghans here.

Afghan Cultural Information:

*Useful tips and links to cultural backgrounders and “Dos and Don’ts” from CWS:

*Learn insights into Afghan Culture through this informative Peace Corps Community Webinar.

Toolkit on Afghanistan:  Stories, Recipes, Music & more, released in 2020 by LIRS:

Recommended Books: 

*For Younger Children: Four Feet, Two Sandals by Karen Lynn Williams and Khadra Mohammed

*For Elementary & Middle School Students: We Are Displaced by Malala Yousafzai (2019) & The Lines We Cross by Randa Abdel-Fattah (2017)

*For Adults: Multiple best books, such as The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns, Earth and Ashes, and more reviewed here:

Welcome a Refugee Family!

The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) has had a long and close refugee resettlement partnership with Church World Service. Their affiliate offices are located in the areas listed here.  and find specific information below about each office.  However, if your congregation is not near to a CWS office, RIM can guide you about how to connect with the offices closest to you to offer refugee resettlement!

How to Help With Resettlement

This resource from Church World Service details how you can assist with Refugee Resettlement.

Bethany Christian Services
1050 36th St., Suite 400
Grand Rapids, MI 49508

3 Ways You Can Help refugees in this area:

  • Welcome and assist an arriving family as a co-sponsor or be part of a move-in team to help set up an apartment for a newly arriving family
  • Transportation assistance
  • Donations.

Refugee Services of Texas – Dallas
9696 Skillman St., Suite 320
Dallas, TX 75243

3 Ways You Can Help refugees in this area:

  • Form or join a Welcome Team to set-up apartments for new arriving refugees – collect, set-up and/or decorate homes for refugees, pick up the family from the airport and introduce them to their new home in Dallas!
  • Mentorship – Mentor a family or an individual to help adjusting to the US by spending time together for a minimum of 3 months for 8 h per month
  • Donation Drives – Collect hygiene articles, school supplies, TV’s, Laptops (in good condition) for refugees in need and deliver those items to our office or directly to families in need.

Kentucky Refugee Ministries Louisville
969-B Cherokee R.
Louisville, KY 40204

3 Ways You Can Help refugees in this area:

  • Community co-sponsorship / volunteering with one family
  • Financial contributions
  • Partner by hiring a refugee or renting an apartment or home to a refugee.

Kentucky Refugee Ministries Lexington
1710 Alexiandria Dr., Suite 2
Lexington, KY 40504

3 Ways You Can Help refugees in this area:

  • Co-Sponsorship
  • In-Kind and Financial Donations
  • ESL Tutors.

Community Refugee and Immigration Services
1925 E. Dublin Granville Rd. 102
Columbus, OH 43229

3 Ways You Can Help refugees in this area:

  • Welcome Teams
  • Advocacy
  • Financial Donations for supporting programs and emergency needs.

Opening Doors
1111 Howe Ave. Suite 124
Sacramento, CA 95825

3 Ways You Can Help refugees in this area:

  • Co-Sponsorship
  • Mentoring/In-home ESL tutors
  • Welcome kit donations.

Refugee Services of Texas – Amarillo
1101 Fritch Highway
Amarillo, TX 79108

  • Volunteer to join a welcome team to assist newly-arrived refugees
  • Financial Support
  • Host a Salaam Supper and gather friends, family, colleagues and/or members of your community for a meal to learn more about refugees and to raise awareness and funding to support welcome.

Lutheran Family Services Nebraska
2301 O St.
Lincoln, NE 68510

3 Ways You Can Help refugees in this area:

  • Co-Sponsorship
  • Volunteers and Mentors
  • Donation Drives.

CWS South Florida
1924 NW 84th Ave
Doral, FL 33126

3 Ways You Can Help refugees in this area:

  • Welcome Team Volunteers – Create a group to aid in welcoming a newcomer family
  • Welcome Home Kits – Kit Information can be found on our website
  • Sponsorships.

4753 N. Broadway Ste 401
Chicago, IL 60640

3 Ways You Can Help refugees in this area:

  • Volunteer to help newly-arrived refugees as they adjust to life in Chicago
  • Make a donation to help refugees already living in Chicago  build new lives of opportunity and self-reliance
  • Advocate for refugees who are still hoping to find safety  here in the United States.

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO)/Sponsors Organized to Assist Refugees
7931 NE Halsey St., Ste 314
Portland, OR 97213

3 Ways You Can Help refugees in this area:

  • Assistance with transportation for refugees
  • Collecting furniture and household items to donate to refugees
  • Emergency financial assistance.

Journey’s End Refugee Services
2495 Main St., Suite 530
Buffalo, NY 14214

3 Ways You Can Help refugees in this area:

  • Home Again Program/Co-Sponsorship
  • Donation Drives: We often need specific items to support our new families, such as furniture, winter clothes, or school supplies. You would work with our staff to identify the current needs and then gather the items. Great for groups and teens
  • ELL Tutors: A home tutor visits a refugee individual in their home once a week to teach them English.

CWS Jersey City
26  Journal Square, Suite 600
Jersey City, NJ 07306

3 Ways You Can Help refugees in this area:

  • Rental Assistance for asylees released from immigration detention
  • Co-sponsorship of asylee cases
  • Job search coaching.

CWS Lancaster
308 E. King St.
Lancaster, PA 17602

3 Ways You Can Help refugees in this area:

  • Volunteer as a Transportation Assistant and transport recently arrived refugees to and from appointments
  • Hold a donation drive of in-kind items or a fundraiser to support CWS Lancaster programs
  • Create a welcome team to accompany a recently arrived refugee family in their transition to the Lancaster community.

CWS Greensboro
122 N. Elm St., Suite 607
Greensboro, NC 27401

3 Ways You Can Help refugees in this area:

  • Join a Welcome Team to set-up an apartment
  • Create a Match Team of 5-7 people who commit to 6 months of volunteer support for a refugee family
  • Throw a donation drive of in-kind items or a fundraiser to support CWS Greensboro programs.

New American Pathways
2300 Henderson Mill Rd. NE, Suite 100
Atlanta, GA 30345

3 Ways You Can Help refugees in this area:

  • Apartment Set-Ups
  • After school volunteering (Sep-May then summer camp June-July)
  • Civic Engagement and Advocacy.

Exodus Refugee Immigration
2457 E. Washington St., Suite A
Indianapolis, IN 46201

  • Become a Welcome Team for a newly arrived refugee family
  • Tutor/Teach English to refugees after they arrive
  • Organize a donation drive.

CWS Harrisonburg
250 E. Elizabeth St., Suite 215
Harrisonburg, VA 22802

3 Ways You Can Help refugees in this area:

  • Create a Linking Communities Team who can connect to newly arrived refugee family and walk with them through their transition.
  • Commit to an ongoing financial gift to support CWS Harrisburg’s work with refugees in our community during uncertain times
  • Sign up to offer emergency housing to refugee families who have nowhere else to go.

CWS Durham
112 S Duke St., #4B
Durham, NC 27701

3 Ways You Can Help refugees in this area:

  • Form a Welcome Team and help collect and furnish an arriving families home
  • Hold a fundraiser drive to support CWS Durham programs
  • Volunteer to provide one on one support to newcomers, assist our teachers in classes, or provide support in our office.

261 Sheep Davis Rd., A-1
Concord, NH 03301

3 Ways You Can Help refugees in this area:

  • Donate items or coordinate a drive to collect basic necessities
  • Co-Sponsor a newly arrived family
  • ESL Tutor

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

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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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Washington, D.C., June 13, 2018 — Speaker Paul Ryan has promised his caucus they will vote on at least two anti-immigrant bills next week, as…

Faith Leaders Statement on Family Separations

The Rev. Teresa Hord Owens, General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) along with other faith leaders released a statement today…

Five Ways to Help Migrant Dads on Father’s Day

See here for ways you can learn about and help migrant dads who are in detention, are farmworkers, have DACA and TPS, hold H1B Visas,…

National Day of Action for Children

Friday, June 1, please join with faith and human rights partners around the country for a National Day of Action for Children to stop family…

Festival Clergy Hit the Hill to Protect Children!

Some 45 plus clergy participated in the Festival of Homiletics 2018, in Washington, D.C., on May 23. Organizers trained and organized the participation of conference…

Disciples Respond to Anti-Immigrant Comments from President and White House Chief of Staff

In recent days, deeply offensive rhetoric has again been issued against immigrant communities by President Trump and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly. Disciples…

Family Belongs Together

RIM Director joins with faith partners in Baltimore to assist Honduran woman in avoiding detention. Marta Rodriguez walked out the front door of the Baltimore…

Disciples GMP on a National Mother’s Day Press Call

The Rev. Terri Hord Owens, General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada, spoke on a…

GMP Responds to Session’s Comments at Border

“The comments by Attorney General Sessions at the border yesterday, which conflated the actions of Central American parents–who are openly presenting themselves to seek safety…

Month of Ramadan

Month of Ramadan resource provides ways that congregations can link with Muslim communities in their areas to engage in Interfaith Iftars. Click here for devotion,…

Pentecost People Called to be Advocates

This Pentecost resource connects the giving of the Advocate spirit with immigrant stories and our calling to serve as an advocate to support families at…

This Mother’s Day, Honor Immigrant Mothers

More immigrant Moms than ever are now in detention & separated from their families. As we gratefully celebrate all MOTHERS, this year we pay special…

Background Handout Resource on TPS

Temporary Protected Status: A Faithful Response to Humanitarian Crises What is TPS (Temporary Protected Status)? Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, is a life-saving immigration program…

Refugee Asks Update

URGE CONGRESS: Ensure the U.S. Resettles at Least 45,000 Refugees in FY2018! Call your senators and representatives today! Host a #WhereRtheRefugees Public Witness Event Plan…

More than 600 Interfaith Leaders and Organizations Fight Together for Honduran TPS Holders

In a letter delivered to the administration on April 27, 2018, 122 faith-based organizations and 518 faith leaders from across traditions stand united in calling…

Stories from People Prohibited by Refugee Bans

Read these stories of individuals and families from the various countries prohibited to enter the US under recent Muslim/Refugee Bans.

Disciples Statement Against End of TPS for Nepalese

“With timing that has painfully come the very day following the devastating earthquakes in Nepal three years ago, we stand as faith partners together with…

Disciples Join Faith Partners in Refugee Foot Washing to Hold Administration Accountable for Record Low Refugee Arrivals

Washington, D.C. – Faith leaders held a footwashing service in the shadow of the White House this afternoon.The biblical practice of footwashing is part of…

Disciples of Christ Respond to Announced End of Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for Liberians

“I continue to be deeply disturbed by the random choices that this administration makes in removing TPS and other protected statuses. Last night’s decision to…

Liberian “Deferred Enforced Departure” (DED) Resources

The current designation of “Deferred Enforced Departure” (DED) that is currently protecting nearly 4,000 Liberians in the U.S. is set to expire on MARCH 31st…

4 Urgent Ways to Support Refugees Now

1)  REFUGEE ARRIVALS TO THE U.S. IN THIS FISCAL YEAR HAVE BEEN STAGGERINGLY LOW!  Please help us circulate the below faith leader & faith-based organization…

New RIM Resources

Now Available!  Disciples Black Immigrant and Refugee Toolkit!  For a compilation of resources to help your congregation build awareness of and assist Black refugees and…

Indianapolis Disciples of Christ Clergy Join with Other Faith Leaders in Vigil & Civil Disobedience in Support of Dreamers & Immigrant Families

Today, seven Disciples affiliated clergy, Rev. Linda McCrae, Rev. Carolyn Higginbotham, Rev. Jim Higginbotham, Rev. Jon Barnes, Rev. Dawn Barnes, Rev. Sandra Gourdet, and Rev….

Disciples GMP Urges a Solution for Dreamers Who Remain in Limbo

On this day when the President proclaimed DACA protections would end unless a Congressional decision was reached, dreamers remain insecure in the absence of a…

Ash Wednesday Service with Dreamers

Faith Leaders Performed Ash Wednesday Service with Dreamers in Front of Senator McConnell’s and Schumer’s Office to Demand Passage of Dream Act Washington, D.C. (February…

RIM Lenten Resources

Nine Immigration Themed Resources for Lent Encouraging Faith Commitments in Solidarity with Refugees & Immigrants. Go to 2018 Lenten Devotions.

Disciples & Interfaith Toolkit: Top 5 Ways to Take Action NOW in 2018

On Jan. 8, 2018, DHS terminated TPS for El Salvador, effective Sept. 9, 2019. As communities of faith, we urge the administration to reinstate TPS…

Week of Action – Jan. 27 to Feb. 3, 2018

One Year of Muslim & Refugee Bans: Showing Up Against Discrimination. toolkit and resources

Clergy, Impacted Immigrants, Faith & Labor Leaders Demand that DHS Extends TPS for 200K Salvadoran Immigrants

Rev. Sharon Stanley-Rea, was among the participants on a press call January 4, to urge the Department of Homeland Security to extend Temporary Protected Status…

Thank You for 2017 & Join Us to Act for Refugees and Immigrants in 2018!

Thank you for your partnership in acting to support refugees and immigrants in 2017–and join us in ongoing actions for justice in 2018!!  Sign up…

Epiphany Devotions for Jan. 4-6

          Join in a 3-part Epiphany devotional series and actions in support of Temporary Protected Status populations for Jan. 4-6.

Advent Devotions

“Welcome to the Manger” is the theme for the 2017 Advent Devotions. Available for download on the Refugee & Immigration website.  Week one: Angels Week…

Who Grows Food for our Feasts?

These resources provide education and links that help families and congregations build awareness of our dependence upon the gifts and energies of farmworkers; especially as…

Dreamers Welcome At the Table

As we prepare soon to gather around tables again and again during the holiday season, Disciples Refugee & Immigration Ministries invites your congregation and members…

Haitian TPS Alert

Dear Disciples Friend, Right now, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is considering whether or not to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians in…

Christian Leaders Arrested for Peaceful Capitol Hill Protest in Support of Dream Act

Disciples are among Christian leaders and activists who held hands and sang in an unlawful demonstration inside of the Russell Senate office building in Washington,…

Praying with Dreamers Week #Faith4Dream Oct. 29 – Nov. 4

Prepare now to plan Dream Sabbath Events! Check out these resources for ways you can participate.

Rev. Sharon Stanley-Rea Among DC-Area Clergy to Hold White House Rally to Save TPS ​​

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, October 17th at 11 a.m., local interfaith clergy will host a rally to call on the Trump administration to preserve Temporary…

Reflections from Conference on Migration, Borders & Reception

The Rev. Sharon Stanley-Rea traveled to Italy to participate in “Living and Witnessing the Border.” An International Conference on Migration, Borders and Reception, September 29…

Join October 2nd Immigration & Refugee Webinar and participate in Dream Sabbath

Join the Interfaith Immigration Coalition for this webinar to learn how communities of faith can participate in “Dream Sabbath” events that lift up the stories,…

RIM Wrap: Sept. 28 Refugee Program

Please Help Stop the Dismantling of the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program and Share Your Heart to Welcome Refugees A Refugee Admissions Goal of 45,000 Is…

Sept. 27 CWS Press Release on Refugee Resettlement Program


Sharon Stanley-Rea on DACA Decision

Hear from Rev. Sharon Stanley-Rea in an interview with Sojourners on September 5, decision about DACA.

General Minister and President offers thoughts about DACA

On Tuesday, Sept. 5, the U.S. administration announced an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that has protected children brought to…

Urgent: DACA & TPS Recipients at Great Risk: Ways Disciples Can Help!

Please sign the faith letter & call your leaders today & tomorrow to urge DACA not to be ended, join our DACA & TPS Emergency…

“Immigrant Welcoming” Resolution Passes at General Assembly

On Monday, July 10th, Disciples Refugee & Immigration Ministries’ Director joined with Immigration Legal Counsel, the National Benevolent Association, the Central Pastoral Office office of…

Webinars on July 10th & 13th

Join the webinar on July 10th and 13th to help immigrants and learn about sanctuary. July 10 Interfaith Immigration Coalition Webinar “5 Ways We Can…

General Assembly Alerts

Go here for Summer Recess Toolkit and Alerts for Refugees, Immigrants, Farmworkers, and TPS Recipients. Summer Action Grassroots Toolkit Disciples: Call to Support Refugees Now!…

Families Rally in Front of White House to Protest Trump Administration’s Aggressive Tactics to Deport Loved Ones to Cambodia

RIM’s Director (a board member with Southeast Asian Resource Action Center) was grateful to join this a.m. in speaking at Press Conference outside the White…

Faith Leaders Stand Against Scotus Ruling on Refugee and Muslim Ban Executive Order


Disciples Statement in Response to Supreme Court Ruling re: Refugee and Muslim Bans

Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins, General Minister and President, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and Rev. Dr. Ronald Degges, President, Disciples Home Missions “Disciples are a…

From Student Visa to Green Card

From Student Visa to Green Card is now scheduled for Monday, July 10 at 5:00 p.m.— Calling all seminary students! Please join Disciples Immigration Legal…

CWS Statement on 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Ruling Against President Trump’s Rewritten Refugee Ban ​

“The courts have spoken yet again in favor of justice and humanity. As CWS has maintained since January, President Trump’s ill-advised travel ban should never…

4th Circuit Federal Appeals Court Upholds Block on Trump’s Travel Ban

The Disciples RIM Staff celebrates the 4th Circuit Appeals Court ruling in Richmond, Va. on May 25 that upheld a lower court ruling which had…


Join the new #ToImmigrantsWithLove letter writing campaign, sponsored by Define American and I Am An Immigrant.  Through it, you can write an electronic letter that…

New! Refugees Welcome Summer Legislator Postcard!!

Please deliver to, scan and email, or mail your national, state, and local legislators these postcards that indicate your support for refugees, and share how…

More Than 400 Faith Leaders & Organizations Nationwide Urge Support for Haitians at Risk for Deportation

Call on DHS Secretary Kelly to extend Temporary Protected Status for Haiti for another 18 months WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 2, 2017) — CWS and Catholic…

Stop DHS From Deporting Somalis

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has recently apprehended, detained and deported Somali individuals back to their home country. These Somalis are asylum seekers, asylees,…

Disciples and United Church of Christ Holy Season Statement on Violence in the Middle East and Refugees

In the beginning of Holy Week, marking the entry of Jesus to Jerusalem, his suffering and his death, we watch with sadness and grief the…

Disciples Rally 4 Family Justice

Join us in unity at the start of General Assembly in Indianapolis on Saturday, July 8, 2017, from 3 to 5 p.m., for a Disciples…

Statement on Violence in the Middle East and Refugees

Disciples and United Church of Christ Holy Season Statement on Violence in the Middle East and Refugees In the beginning of Holy Week, marking the…