Refugee Resettlement and Integration

We partner with the local church and hundreds of individual volunteers to assist families who have fled war, torture, and persecution to achieve stability and healthy integration as they replant their lives in the United States. Since 1979, we have come alongside refugee families to provide a variety of supporting programs during their first months and years of transition.

How We Help

Prior to a refugee family's arrival in the U.S.:

  • Secure permanent housing

  • Furnish their home and provide basic necessities like cleaning products, dishes, and linens

  • Organize a culturally appropriate meal to welcome new arrivals

In the first month after meeting a refugee family at the airport:

  • Ensure they have access to basic necessities, including food, clothing, and transportation

  • Help them apply for Social Security cards

  • Enroll children in school and educate parents on the school system in the U.S.

  • Schedule and provide transportation to initial health screenings and ongoing health services

  • Begin English or Job Readiness English classes

In the first 3-6 months, refugees:

  • Attend Driver’s Education class and apply for a driver’s permit

  • Get their first job

  • Receive regular visits from World Relief staff

  • Have access to mental health counseling services

  • May be connected to volunteers through our various programs

  • May attend an afterschool homework club

  • Attend orientations and training on various topics related to life in the U.S.