Assisting refugees - Our approach

A refugee woman carries supplies
A refugee woman carries supplies to her new thatch home on a steep hillside in the Mae Ra Ma Luang camp. She says she fled Myanmar one month earlier after the Burmese army destroyed her village.
Photo: UNHCR/J. Redfern

The Church World Service Immigration and Refugee Program was created by several Protestant denominations that came together at the end of World War II to respond to the needs of refugees in Europe. Since 1946, CWS has helped 500,000 refugees begin new lives in the United States, and continues to resettle about 8,000 more refugees and Cuban and Haitian entrants each year.

CWS, seven participating denominations and their congregations, and 36 CWS local offices and affiliates in 21 states work together to meet the needs of refugees upon their arrival to the United States, assisting them as they strive to attain self-sufficiency. A growing number of local affiliates provide immigration legal services along with refugee resettlement services.

The Church World Service Immigration and Refugee Program also: