World Relief matches newly-arrived refugees and asylees with local Host Homes that offer a safe and welcoming place to stay, help with learning English, adjusting to American culture, and preparing them for self-sufficiency. 

Responsibilities

  • Host new refugees and asylees in your home for 1 - 30 days

  • Provide meals for your guests and help them cook for themselves alongside your family during their stay with you

  • Begin basic cultural orientation in your home (appliances, cooking, cleaning, etc)

  • Communicate consistently with Volunteer Coordinator about guests' needs

Extra opportunities

  • Continue Cultural Orientation through short outings such as: grocery store(s), bus rides, post office, library, thrift store, downtown or neighborhood sight-seeing and/or parks.

  • Assist case worker in providing transportation to medical, Social Security, DSHS, Department of Licensing, and Public Health appointments.

  • Gather supplies from your community on behalf of your guests.  Gather/sort basic items for family’s first apartment or NW climate. (See www.worldreliefseattle.org, under “donations” for sample list, or request more info).

Requirements

  • Flexibility

  • Willingness to share your home with people of other cultures and religions

  • Pass a Federal Background Check, driving record check, and complete an in-home training with the Volunteer Coordinator

  • Communicate with World Relief stay before and during a guest's stay

  • Log all volunteer hours

Interested in hosting refugees and asylees? The first step is to fill out a volunteer application. We will review the application and then send you an access code to RSVP to a volunteer training

All volunteers are required to attend a volunteer training, complete an application, and undergo a background checks before starting. At the training you will learn about World Relief's work, the refugees and immigrants we serve, and what it looks like to come alongside them as volunteers in different roles