CWS-RDU Immigration and Refugee Program
CWS-RDU opened its doors in 2009. We welcome refugees and immigrants from around the world into lives of freedom, hope, and opportunity in the Triangle, connecting them with community resources in order to meet their immediate needs and to promote long-term self-sufficiency. CWS-RDU provides clients with case management services, immigration legal services, English classes, and assistance with employment. CWS-RDU made a total of 245 refugee job placements within the past year. We always welcome volunteers and community partners to assist us in welcoming refugees and immigrants to the Triangle.
CWS is an equal opportunity employer and program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.
Our office is made up of:
Case Managers: Welcome arriving refugees, ensure food, shelter, and access to community services
Employment Specialists: Equip refugees to find and keep jobs, search the community for job opportunities, and network with current and potential employers
Community Resource Coordinator: Recruits and manages volunteers, manages web and social media presence, coordinates fundraising and awareness events
Immigration Counselors: Provide Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) accredited legal services to refugees seeking permanent residency, family reunification, and naturalization
ESL Instructor: Teaches English classes for refugees living in Durham, Chapel Hill, and Carrboro, supervises volunteer English teachers
School Impact Coordinator: Assists refugee families with understanding American school systems and accessing academic resources
AmeriCorps Members: Expand services, build capacity, raise funds, develop new partnerships, and create innovative, sustainable programs
Director: Oversees, undergirds, keeps the lights on
Nearly 44 million people around the world are uprooted from their homes and communities by persecution and armed conflict. The Immigration and Refugee Program of Church World Service (CWS/IRP) is an ecumenical family empowering congregations and community groups to show hospitality to immigrants, refugees, asylum seekers and other uprooted people in the United States and around the world.
The work begins overseas. Through its Resettlement Support Center in Nairobi, Kenya, CWS prepares case files for U.S. Refugee Admissions Program candidates in sub-Saharan Africa, and helps those whom the U.S. government approves for resettlement with departure arrangements. Then CWS is one of the U.S. voluntary agencies that helps newly arrived refugees become self sufficient in this country. CWS, participating denominations and a network of local affiliates resettle about 8,000 refugees and entrants in the United States each year. Many affiliates also provide immigration legal services to immigrants and refugees. For more on how the refugee resettlement process works, click here for a detailed explanation.
CWS also extends assistance and protection to other refugees and displaced persons around the world, including refugees returning home. For more information on CWS around the globe, please visit www.cwsglobal.org .