What is a Welcome Team (WT)?
Refugees' last stop on their journey is the RDU airport. Many of them have waited several years for this opportunity, and stepping off the plane is, in many ways, the culmination of this wait. The Welcome Team, or two to eight people, and an interpreter have the honor of being the first to welcome partnered refugees with open arms to North Carolina. After greeting them, the Welcome Team assists with refugees' luggage, transport them to their new home, go over a brief housing/safety checklist, and leave them with a culturally appropriate meal you have purchased. Welcome Teams even create “Welcome to the U.S.” signs and provide a small welcome gift! They then say goodbye to their new friends, and hopefully will meet up with them again to continue a friendship.