Basic Needs Support
CWS partners with the community to ensure every newly arrived refugee 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.
Newcomers arrive with steep financial, language, and cultural barriers and need help navigating unfamiliar systems and accessing local resources and opportunities. CWS Case Managers serve as navigators, connectors, and advocates, assisting newly arrived refugees as they rebuild their lives. 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 short- and long-term goals for self-sufficiency in the US.
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. We partner with Cone Health’s Congregational Nurse program to create access to healthcare for newly-arrived refugees. Our Preferred Communities program works with newly arrived families to assess and address their health needs and help them begin on a path for a healthy future.
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. Annually, CWS Employment Specialists assist over 100 refugees find new employment. Refugees typically initially work in hospitality, manufacturing, food production, sewing/upholstery, and construction for their first jobs in the United States, although many come with specialized skills and advanced degrees. Employment Specialists work with employers and clients long after job placement and provide technical support when necessary to ensure successful partnerships for all involved.
Immigration Legal Services
Our licensed attorney provides low-cost, comprehensive immigration legal services to refugees and immigrants in the Triad, including green card and citizenship application preparation and family reunification petitions. Call the legal office to schedule a consultation at 336.676.4223.
All meetings are by appointment only.
Refugee Community Organizing
Community organizing builds leadership, capacity, and power within the refugee community so that refugees themselves are confident and ready to advocate and support the well-being of refugees. If you are a refugee interested in developing leadership skills or working with other refugees for the advancement of the refugee community in Greensboro, reach out to CWSG Refugee Organizer Dosse Amedin or call the office at 336.617.0381.