Our Three Service Areas
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.
Refugee and Immigrant Youth Services
The primary goal of World Relief's Refugee and Immigrant Youth Services (RIYS) program is to facilitate healthy integration of immigrant youth into life in the United States. We do this by connecting our youth and their parents, teachers, and administrators with academic support, mental health resources, and community integration opportunities.
Specifically this involves weekly tutoring sessions by volunteers in English with primary language support, case management and advocacy for Durham Public School families, attention to youth mental health needs through assessment and referral, a summer enrichment program to combat summer learning loss, and other services as needs arise.
To address the particular needs of older youth, our Mentorship Program is designed to pair refugee participants (15-24 years old) with mentors from the community who are dedicated to helping them identify and achieve their short-term and long-term goals.
Immigration Legal Services
Our Immigration Legal Services Center is located in Durham and partners with local churches as well as the wider community to provide affordable, high-quality legal services to immigrants throughout the North Carolina area. The goal of the program is to help navigate the complexities of immigration processes by providing these services.
World Relief Durham is recognized by the U.S. Department of Justice and its legal representatives can represent immigrants and their family members before the U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Department of State (DOS).
The services offered include:
DACA & TPS
Lawful Permanent Residence
Victims-based immigration services