World Relief operates through 20 offices across the United States. For nearly 40 years, we have been working in partnership with the U.S. Department of State, along with our our extensive network of local church partners, to welcome and resettle thousands of refugees referred by the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to the United States each year.
The World Relief Difference
We have seen with joy hundreds of thousands of lives transformed, as we help refugees move from dependence to independence and dignity in the U.S. Our local offices continue to help refugees secure housing, employment and education. In addition, refugees and others who have immigrated to the U.S. are provided immigration legal services—legal clinics and counseling to guide them along the path toward U.S. citizenship.
At World Relief, we work to meet the needs of refugees by providing compassionate and holistic care from the moment they arrive at the airport through their journey to self-sufficiency. We provide vital services that include preparing their new home with furniture and basic household items, arranging medical visits, assisting in the acquisition of refugee benefits, enrolling in ESL classes, providing a thorough orientation to life in America, and providing job skills and employment services.
Immigration Legal Services
Maneuvering through the United States immigration system is a complicated and long-term process. Refugees can jump through a number of legal hoops to ensure they maintain their legal status here in the United States, can reunite with family members left behind, and gain access to economic and educational opportunities. World Relief offers legal support to refugees to help them through this process.
The Scriptures are replete with God’s commands to his people to love, welcome, and seek justice for refugees and other immigrants. Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan is our standard. The story goes that the man, whom Jesus presents as the model of neighborly love, provides assistance to a person in need, who was of a different religious tradition.
The American tradition of welcoming families who come to the United States to start their lives again in safety and dignity is our heritage. The American people—most of whom can trace their own families’ stories through a similar immigrant journey in search of freedom—are a hospitable people.
It’s World Relief.
When you help us, you are empowering local churches to stand with refugees. By ministering across cultural, linguistic and religious lines, the American church grows and people’s lives are transformed, moving from dependence to independent.