Who We Serve

In seeking to serve the most vulnerable, World Relief DuPage/Aurora serves specific groups in our local communities.  Among these groups are:

The Local Church
The local Church is best represented by the Biblical term, “Body of Christ.” This includes institutional congregations and also refers more broadly to the people of God. While there may be many “congregations” in one area, there is truly only one “Church.”
 
Immigrants
An immigrant is a foreigner coming into a country for the purpose of permanent residence.  Immigration is for many reasons including: political realities, economic factors, family reunification, natural disasters, and the hope of opportunity and a new life
 
Refugees
A refugee is a person who is unable or unwilling to return to his or her country of nationality due to persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, social group or political opinion.
 
Asylees
An immigrant in the United Stateswho is unable or unwilling to return to his or her country of nationality, or to seek the protection of that country because of a well-founded fear of persecution based on race,  religion,  nationality, social group, or political opinion.
 
Victims of Human Trafficking
Human trafficking is modern-day slavery.  As defined under U.S. federal law, victims of human trafficking include children involved in the sex trade, adults age 18 or over who are coerced or deceived into commercial sex acts, and anyone forced into different forms of “labor or services,” such as domestic workers held in a home, or farm-workers forced to labor against their will.  While at present WRDA does not currently have a specific outreach program for victims of human trafficking, as these individuals are identified by law enforcement, those who are foreign-born have access to the services WRDA provides for refugees and asylees.