Even casual readers of the news are well aware of the plights of refugees around the world. We know that they need escape horrible conditions and be given safe haven. However, we often don’t think about the next steps. How do we provide for those who have lost everything?

Church World Service Durham, which was founded in 2009, works to assist refugees and immigrants from around the world in the Triangle area. Refugees arrive in our community at the end of a long journey, with the opportunity to begin a new life here. The resettlement process is long, includes rigorous security screenings and background checks, and can take decades.

Church World Service Durham connects new arrivals with community resources and social services in order to meet their immediate needs and to assist clients in gaining the skills and tools they need to achieve long-term self-sufficiency. It provides clients with case management services, immigration legal services, English classes, and assistance with employment. In addition volunteers work to connect with those who have suffered and to dispel misperceptions of refugees.

For more information, visit Church World Service Durham. You can also volunteer at CWSD and/or donate to CWSD.