For over 40 years, World Relief Seattle has been equipping local churches around the world to walk alongside hurting people. We believe that something wholly unique and special happens when the Church unites to stand with people in vulnerable situations—offering its talents, resources and time to the transforming work God is doing throughout the world.
Refugees and Asylees often flee their homes at a moment’s notice. They arrive here with few belongings, and high hopes for the future. Welcome Kits provide the basic need items they need as they begin their journey in a community. You can rally your church, small group, school, workplace, etc. to host a Welcome Kit drive.
World Relief provides refugees and asylees with resettlement assistance that includes housing, employment services, community orientation, and immigration services. But we cannot do it alone. We depend heavily on volunteer and church support, both financially and in practical ways. Churches and small groups around the country are mobilizing into Good Neighbor Teams and on-call hosting teams to serve newly arriving refugee families for a period of six months—supplying material needs like food, clothing, and transportation, and tangible services like school registration, community orientation, job preparation and English tutoring. Alternately, If you are part of a group looking for a one-time volunteer opportunity, please contact us.
Individuals and small groups can dive deeper into issues affecting refugees and immigrants through this recommended reading list. Several of our World Relief produced books have accompanying small group study guides available for download.
World Relief Seattle staff and participants are available to come and present on God’s heart for refugees, asylees and immigrants, current refugee issues, and the response of the Church to newcomers in our community. Our speakers are available for adult ed classes and sharing sermons in front of the whole congregation as well. We also invite groups to come to our office and spaces for site visits to see the work we are doing in the community.