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Welcoming Afghans

Following the fall of Kabul and the evacuation of Afghan friends and allies, an estimated 75,000 Afghans are arriving in the United States to rebuild their lives. They are fleeing retribution or persecution from the Taliban and have one goal: to live in safety. It is in our power to help them meet it.

CWS Durham has already begun welcoming dozens of families to the Triangle area and surrounding communities. Over the coming months, we expect to welcome hundreds more across North Carolina.  These families need support with housing, legal assistance, case management, mental health support, medical care, employment and school enrollment. We cannot do this work alone.

Sign up to sponsor a family and make a gift today as we welcome these newcomers home.

Here are a few ways your support could help a newly-arrived Afghan family


can provide a welcome meal for a family


can fill a pantry with groceries


can provide beds and bedding for a family of four


can provide a month's rent for a family

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Afghan Placement and Assistance (APA) Program

The Afghan Placement and Assistance (APA) Program was put into motion in late August by the State Department and launched on September 1st. Most Afghan nationals will be paroled into the United States through the APA program. This program will offer temporary legal status in the United States and expedited work authorization. Individuals will be resettled with existing refugee resettlement agencies and connected to various means of support for a 30 to 90-day service period. During this program period, resettlement agencies will provide basic core services that are similar to core services under the United States Refugee Admissions Program. This includes, but is not limited to, airport reception, accessing safe and appropriate housing, providing adequate food supplies, accessing seasonal clothing, accessing health care and other public benefits, as eligible, assistance with school enrollment for minors, cultural orientation and limited financial assistance. The APA program is expected to serve over 50,000 Afghan parolees across the United States.

Buy a Visa Gift Card for a Refugee Family

Visa Gift Cards allow families to buy urgent supplies, including food, work clothes, winter clothes, and toiletries. Consider supporting families in this way.

Check out our Amazon Wishlist, buy a card, and have it shipped directly to our office!