CWS was founded in 1946 because American congregations felt called to welcome the stranger due to the immense international need for refuge after World War II. American communities are still at the heart of refugee resettlement and immigrant support; our office is blessed every day by faith communities who organize donation drives, furnish apartments, host fundraisers, and offer friendship and support for refugees from around the world who have made their home in Durham.
There are so many ways to concretely support refugees in our community, and we would love to help you and your congregation get involved with welcoming your new neighbors!
Read on to learn what you can do to choose welcome with your congregation.
CWS Durham partners with local congregations and community groups to set up apartments for newly-arrived refugees.
Welcome Teams are a hugely important part of welcoming new neighbors to the U.S. - also there is nothing quite so rewarding as creating someone's first home!
This is a great project to get everyone in your group in on the action. Tasks include: coordinating logistics with CWS; collecting furniture like a kitchen table and beds; buying culturally-appropriate groceries for a families' first week in the U.S.; and finding some strong teenagers to lift the heavy stuff on move-in day!
If you want to learn more about this opportunity, head to our Welcome Team page to learn more about this great opportunity to welcome a refugee family home!
Teams can also sign up directly by filling out this form: Welcome Team Form
Partners in Mission
Community support is key to providing essential services to the refugee and immigrant community. We welcome faith partners who want to put their hands and hearts into the work of welcoming refugees to the Triangle!
You can join our mission of welcome by:
-Adding CWS Durham to your annual budget
-Hosting a spaghetti dinner or BBQ fundraiser with your small group or congregation to benefit local refugees through CWS
-Holding a special offering during a service
Contact our office at 919.680.4310 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about how to partner with CWS financially to support local refugees.
Faith traditions from around the world find experiences of migration and responsive hospitality throughout their sacred stories and practices. Some of us have experiences of migration and displacement in our own lives - for others, we learn solidarity and empathy for refugees through the holy stories and practices of our faith.
CWS Durham works closely with Triangle Interfaith Advocates for Refugees and Immigrants (www.tiari.org) to draw on the diverse traditions of hospitality in our community and advocate together for the shared values that sit at the root of our faith traditions.
Join TIARI and CWS Durham for an advocacy event, and commit your congregation to advocating for welcoming policies on the state and federal level
A Note on Financial Partnerships:
It means so much to us to have our community participating in the work of welcome alongside us. We are in need of congregations who are willing to invest in the lives of refugees for the long-term – supporting our efforts to provide comprehensive services from the day someone arrives at RDU to their citizenship ceremony five years later.
Your financial partnership has a tangible impact on our clients: giving just $150 covers the cost of one refugee child’s citizenship application, taking a burden off of large families. Giving $1,000 funds one of our Americorps ACCESS members for one month of intensive refugee support services – providing refugees with employment support, cultural orientation, and more!
We could not do this work without faithful congregations who put their time and money into the work of welcome. Thank you!