Every year, over 27 million people are forced to flee their homes because of persecution and conflict or a very present fear of it. Most of these people will spend the remainder of their lives in refugee camps around the world without the hope of ever returning back to their homes. However, every year the U.S. invites up to 70,000 of these refugees to make a home and seek a new life here through a process called resettlement. Every year, World Relief’s network of regional offices and partner churches resettle approximately 10% of all refugees entering the United States, providing language skills, job training and spiritual support for our new community members.
At World Relief Atlanta, we consider the refugees in our community some of the most vulnerable among us. We work to meet their need by providing compassionate and holistic care from the moment they arrive at the airport through their journey to self-sufficiency. We provide vital services that include but are not limited to preparing their new home with furniture and basic household items, arranging medical visits, assisting in the acquisition of refugee benefits, enrolling in ESL classes, providing a thorough orientation to life in America, and providing job skills training and employment services.
We hope to engage refugees with the local Church by connecting refugee families to American friends through our volunteer services. Our volunteers are a vital component of the resettlement process as they provide ongoing cultural orientation to America, transportation for various needs, but most importantly, friendship. If you are interested in learning about how to become a volunteer with a refugee family, click here.