Some refugees are invited by the U.S. government to make another life-changing move: to rebuild their lives in the U.S. World Relief works with local church and wider community partners to resettle these new arrivals, assisting them as they learn a new language, adjust to a new culture, and pursue employment, education and other opportunities in our community.
Once refugees have been offered the chance to start their lives over here in the U.S., local agencies like World Relief prepare themselves and their community to welcome these new neighbors. Even before a new family or individual arrives, World Relief is already working to anticipate major health needs, locate an apartment, and start building community support for the new family. When refugees step off the plane, we want people at the airport to greet them, letting them know from the very beginning that they are not unwanted but valued and loved members of this community.
For the next six months, World Relief caseworkers provide extensive case management to help refugees build stable, flourishing lives here in the United States. Our work focuses on addressing nine key stability factors: housing, health, employment, finances, legal status, language, education, and community connection. Essential to our work, volunteers partner with refugees to cultivate friendship, welcome, and community connection. Moving beyond "self-sufficiency," World Relief fosters integration in refugee communities.