Welcoming the Most Vulnerable
Tens of thousands of refugees come to the United States every year from a variety of coutries. Threatened by persecution and war, these brave people leave behind everything familiar to seek a life free from fear. The United States has a historically strong commitment to protecting refugees and Washington is one of the top states for refugee resettlement.
Serving the Displaced
Refugees arrive with limited personal possessions. Some arrive with just one bag of clothing and none have household goods. Often, refugees arrive without toiletries or warm clothing. Their language, skills and backgrounds are diverse, covering the continuum from no English or education to highly skilled and fluent in English. Our staff and volunteers welcome refugees at the Spokane Airport and walk with them through the first three months to five years of their time in Spokane.
The resettlement program provides basic necessities for the first 3 months: basic furnishings, simple kitchen items, linens and household items, cleaning supplies, and toiletries. Our staff and volunteers secure and furnish apartments, stock kitchens, provide cultural orientation, document services, copy official records, help refugees apply for social services. They transport refugees to a health screening and assist them with enrolling in employment services, public schools and English classes. We also have a fully functioning medical services department that helps refugees navigate the complicated American health system. Click here to learn more about World Relief Spokane's programs and services.
The Church and community play a vital role in refugee resettlement. Volunteers and church groups help refugees by building relationships as they explore what life is like in a new city. Most of our volunteers remain friends with their refugee families long after they're asked to help and discover that they recieve much more than they give.
Enrolling in Resettlement Services
If you have a friend or family member scheduled to arrive through our resettlement program, World Relief Spokane will reach out to you when we have details on their resettlement timeline.
If you are a Special Immigrant Visa holder and arrived to the United States on your own, please contact World Relief at 509-321-1883 to schedule an appointment to enroll in resettlement services.
If you are a refugee abroad seeking resettlement in the United States, World Relief does not process overseas applications for resettlement. Please contact your local UNHCR office for further assistance.