Our Approach


Empower the local Church to serve the most vulnerable.


In community with the local Church, World Relief Seattle envisions the most vulnerable people transformed economically, socially, and spiritually.

World Relief recognizes that one of the most vulnerable populations in Seattle are refugees and immigrants, and envisions them
...in long-term, mutually transformative relationships with volunteer or church companions
...equipped to face the many hurdles along the path to self-sufficiency
...becoming fully functioning and vibrant participants in our community

History and Values

World Relief Seattle has worked since 1979 to empower the local Church to serve refugees and immigrants in the Greater Seattle Area. Originally founded to care for those fleeing war in Southeast Asia, we have since grown to resettle refugees from almost 50 countries. We are encouraged by the many businesses, service agencies, and individuals who use their resources and ingenuity to enhance the lives of refugees throughout Western Washington.
World Relief Seattle strives to be a sustainable, holistic ministry of compassion and practical support. We look to the example of Jesus as we serve those who are suffering from injustice and poverty, regardless of color, belief or gender. We value empowerment, cultural diversity and integrity.