World Relief Spokane works with many local organizations, including churches.
 
According to a study of refugees resettled in the United States, having American friends was the key factor to help them feel part of their community. Churches help refugees in many practical ways. They excel at relationships – loving people, following the example of Jesus.
 
What church partners do:
  • Have us train some of your congregation as volunteers to be matched with refugee families
  • Follow us online to keep informed about events coming up and other ways to educate your congregation
  • Schedule a refugee simulation for members of your congregation
  • Advocate for compassionate and informed policies for refugees with local and national representatives
  • Give out of your mission budget or through special offerings to help with costs to serve refugees in Spokane and to involve your church
Some churches, once they have gotten to know refugees and experienced the needs, have started special ministries that are a fit with the strengths of their congregations. Examples are:
  • ESL classes
  • Teas for women
  • Play days for women with children
  • Adopt an apartment building with a number of refugee families
  • Driving lessons for refugees
  • Provide housing for refugees
  • Employ refugees

To learn more, contact us at joinusspokane@wr.org.