Church World Service of Greensboro
Welcoming refugees to the Triad with the support and services they need to build lives in peace and dignity.
Following in a more than 30 year tradition of hospitality in the Triad, Church World Service (CWS) established its Greensboro Immigration and Refugee Program in early 2009, partnering with the local community to provide comprehensive resettlement services to newly arrived refugees through the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program. With more than 150 individual volunteers, faith community partners, and donors supporting our work each year, CWS is proud to be able to offer the support and services that refugees need to succeed in their new lives in the United States.
Refugee Resettlement in the United States began in the 1940s in response to Europeans fleeing persecution during WWII. Individuals and faith communities across the US rose to aid and protect these refugees in the beginning of what would eventually become a federal resettlement program under the U.S. Department of State.
Today there are more than 15 million refugees world wide who have been forced from their homelands for fear of persecution on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, political opinion or social group. Of these 15 million, the United Statesoffers permanent resettlement and an opportunity to live lives in safety to approximately 80,000 each year – about half of 1% of the total refugee population.
CWS of Greensboro provides comprehensive case management and employment services aimed at empowering newly arrived refugees to build a foundation for long term self-sufficiency and success in the United States.
Our services include:
Basic Needs Support – CWS partners with the community to ensure every new arrival has safe and affordable housing, basic home furnishings and household supplies, utility connections and access to a phone, culturally appropriate food, and sufficient clothing to begin their new in Greensboro.
Case Management – CWS Case Managers assist new arrivals with accessing the information and services they need to succeed. Their services include airport reception, home and community orientation, application assistance for public benefits including social security cards, food stamps, and Medicaid, short and long term case planning support, and ongoing one-on-one follow up to help refugees meet their goals for self-sufficiency in the US.
Health - The majority of refugees currently being resettled in Greensboro by CWS are coming from long term human warehousing conditions in refugee camps and urban environments where they were unable to access adequate health care. A full time Health Care Coordinator through the AmeriCorps ACCESS program works with newly arrived families to assess and address their health needs and help them begin on a path for a healthy future.
Job Preparation – Our employment team and volunteers help to prepare new arrivals for the American workplace with through employment classes, resume building, mock interviews, online bios, and in the field practice. Their efforts provide clients with the skills and confidence they need to not only obtain their first jobs in America, but to be successful in their positions long term.
Job Placement and Follow Up – Employment is the key to establishing long term self-sufficiency and is an important avenue for new arrivals not only to earn income but also to practice their English language skills and learn about the culture of their new community. In 2010, CWS Employment Specialists made 64 job placements for refugees in a variety of industries including hospitality, manufacturing, food production, sewing/tailoring, and heating and air. Employment Specialists work with employers and clients long after job placement and provide technical support when neccessary to ensure successful partnerships for all involved.
Emergency Assistance – Church World Service offers emergency housing assistance to refugees facing crisis post arrival. This service is available to recently arrived refugees who are unable to make their housing or utility payments due to short term emergency conditions (job loss, health crisis, etc). This program is made possible by individual contributions and the generous support of the Tannenbaum-Sternberger Foundation.