Partner Spotlight: World Relief

Erick Widman

World Relief is an international Christian humanitarian organization that has been providing aid to refugees and immigrants since 1944. Founded as the War Relief Commission by the National Association of Evangelicals, World Relief has been working to empower communities, transform lives, and advocate for justice around the world. In this article, we’ll explore the history of World Relief and their work with refugees and immigrants.

History of World Relief

World Relief was founded in 1944 in response to the needs of people who were suffering from the effects of World War II. Originally called the War Relief Commission, the organization was formed by the National Association of Evangelicals and was tasked with providing assistance to war-torn countries in Europe and Asia.

Over the years, World Relief expanded its mission to include long-term development and humanitarian aid programs. In the 1970s, the organization began to focus on helping refugees who were fleeing persecution and conflict in their home countries.

In the 1980s, World Relief began to work more closely with the U.S. government to resettle refugees in the United States. Today, World Relief is one of nine national organizations that partner with the U.S. government to provide refugee resettlement services.

Work with Refugees and Immigrants

World Relief’s work with refugees and immigrants is rooted in their Christian faith and the belief that every human being is created in the image of God and deserves dignity and respect. Their programs focus on providing refugees and immigrants with the tools and resources they need to rebuild their lives in their new communities.

World Relief’s programs for refugees and immigrants include:

  1. Refugee Resettlement: World Relief works with the U.S. government to provide resettlement services to refugees arriving in the United States. These services include everything from airport pick-up to housing assistance, language classes, and job training.
  2. Immigration Legal Services: World Relief provides legal services to immigrants who are seeking asylum, applying for citizenship, or facing deportation.
  3. Employment Services: World Relief helps refugees and immigrants find jobs and provides job training and career development services.
  4. Youth Programs: World Relief provides programs and services for refugee and immigrant youth, including mentoring, tutoring, and leadership development.
  5. Community Development: World Relief works with local communities to provide education and training programs that promote economic development and help refugees and immigrants become self-sufficient.

World Relief has been working to provide aid to refugees and immigrants for over 75 years. Their programs are designed to empower individuals and communities, transform lives, and advocate for justice around the world. If you’re interested in supporting World Relief’s work, you can donate to their organization or volunteer with one of their local offices.

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