Our Good Neighbor Teams are groups of 10-15 committed volunteers from the local Church partner trained to walk alongside one refugee/asylee family or group of indivduals for 6 months, backed by the prayers & support of their congregation, and motivated by God’s heart to serve vulnerable newcomers in our neighborhoods.
Good Neighbor Team involvement is a high-responsibility partnership between the local church and World Relief Seattle staff. With that foundation in place, WRS staff provide intensive training to those considering GNT involvement. What is a refugee? How will our group work with World Relief staff? What responsibilities will our group have? What tasks are the responsibility of WRS? These important issues will be discussed indepth during the training various group trainings and one-on-one meetings with World Relief staff. Applications and background checks will also be completed for all team members during this time.
Once trained, in partnership with our Good Neighbor Team Coordinator and other World Relief staff, the group will be assigned an arriving refugee family or group of asylees. With the caseworker’s oversight, the group will take responsibility for: finding and furnishing housing; registrations at schools and local government agencies; day-to-day skills training; finding and securing jobs; etc. – all things the GNT has been trained to help with. The primary period for this resettlement assistance is 6 months. All the while, the GNT will be establishing a long-term sense of community and care between the entire church family and the participants they have welcomed.