Below you can find links to a number of resources that will help you learn more about a refugee's cultural and religious backgrounds, as well as ways to serve despite cultural barriers that may exist.
This page includes biographical data and other information for countries from which we receive refugees. It also includes several books, documentaries, and movies that are relevant to refugees.
Click the above link to read a few tips that may help volunteers and clients get to know one another better.
Refugees often experience culture shock and it may last for years after a refugee arrives. This page provides some perspectives to help volunteers understand the phases of culture shock a newly arrived refugee may experience.
What do foreign cultures think of America? Click the link above to find what some people have thought about America.
This is the booklet that WRD staff reviews with newly-arrived refugees during Cultural Orientation classes. This booklet can help volunteer teams understand what refugees are learning about the U.S. -- it also answers many volunteers' questions about refugees.
This page provides some practical tips for how to communicate with refugees.
Here is a list of numerous ethnic restaurants that are great for either welcome meals, or places for volunteers to eat with their partnered refugees.
A list of ideas for things to do with partnered refugees. Many of the activities are for practical purposes of readjustment, while others are simply for fun.
This page has detailed information on the religious backgrounds of many of our arriving refugees.
What happens when a refugee and their family reaches sustainability?