Our Work

Creating a more welcoming North Carolina where refugees and immigrants enjoy the resources, freedom, and opportunity to thrive

| Direct Service

CWS Durham offers a variety of services to support refugees and immigrants build their lives in the Triangle. These include

| Advocacy and Organizing

CWS has long been invested in advocacy work in support of refugee and immigrant communities. But in 2017, CWS Durham hired our first community organizer Kokou Nayo. Since then, Nayo has worked with refugee community members and leaders to facilitate relationship-building, amplify their voices, and equip refugee communities to engage in and influence both the democratic process and the institutions and public narratives that impact them.

| Welcoming Communities

Community members play an integral part of the mission of welcoming refugees and immigrants to the Triangle. All of us together determine whether our cities are kind, just, and hospitable to newcomers.  Here are a few concrete ways we nurture meaningful and transformational relationships between neighbors so that together, we create a more welcoming North Carolina:

  • Disaster Preparedness and Response: collaborating with grassroots immigrant groups as well as disaster preparedness and response organizations to create inclusive and accessible disaster resources for immigrant populations who are often excluded when disaster strike,
  • Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers help newcomers practice English and fill out job applications. They set up apartments and form cosponsor teams. And they host educational, advocacy, and fundraising events within their networks.
  • Events: Join CWS for the Together We Welcome conference or stay-tuned for news about Durham Refugee Day 2022 in July!