Restoring lives, uplifting Triad communities. 
Keep reading for the latest news and opportunities as we serve refugees, immigrants, survivors of trafficking, and our welcoming Triad community!

Your Family is Coming: The Long Road to Reunion for Refugees

Every day, people like Ibrahim make the painful decision to leave their homes due to persecution, conflict, violence, human rights violations and climate-related factors. Their journeys are often marked by loss, separation, and worry for those left behind. 

For ten years, Ibrahim carried the weight of being separated from his family. This is his story of enduring hope. Read his story >>

International Festival on June 25th!
On Saturday evening, June 25th, we were able to celebrate the rich cultural diversity in our community through our International Festival! While this festival took place in light of World Refugee Day on June 20th, we were able to see all of the populations we serve and enjoy the time with our volunteers and other community members.
We wanted to personally thank  all of those who helped us make the night so special. Whether you donated items, volunteered your time serving food or setting up, performed, made food, contributed financially or simply showed up to show your support, we are so grateful. We can all make this a community of welcome for all nationalities and cultures. 

Kids COLLIDEascope Group Art Therapy Begins
As our Health & Wellness department grows, and we are continuing our services to different populations, we have been able to facilitate and host a new Kids Art Therapy class, also known as “COLLIDEascope!" 

Abigail Knudson, Health & Wellness Groups Coordinator, shares a little more about the kinds of populations that will be served in this group and how it can benefit them.

"The children that are enrolled in COLLIDEascope are non-citizens or refugee children," she says. "As part of the Preferred Communities program, we specifically serve non-citizens that are within a few different categories. The main purpose of this class is to enrich artistic capabilities in a supportive classroom setting, provide a place for our clients to be themselves, develop communication skills with children of different cultures, and allow the children to practice different techniques to cope with stress." 
The hope is for this class to continue on as a place that kids are excited to come to; for it to be a safe space where they can communicate their internal emotions through varying artistic mediums.  
If you have any artistic background or interest in bringing assistance our team through volunteering, we encourage you to reach out with your interest at the following email! 

Become a Care Partner for 2022
It's that time again... We are launching our NEW Care Partner program for 2022!

A Care Partner is someone just like you. They are a person who gives monthly to help create communities where everyone feels safe, welcomed, and empowered to achieve the lives they want.

Additionally, our staff is committed to raising $3000 in monthly donations this year to ensure a meaningful future as we welcome new refugees, work alongside survivors of human trafficking, pour into our immigrant community, and empower the church to create a community where all can flourish.

To join us in this effort to create lasting change & learn more about this opportunity, visit the link!>>
Want to join our team? We have open positions! Be sure to check the WR job board for the latest openings. 

Click here to learn more about our open positions >>
SINCE MAY 1ST, 2022: 

As of June 30th, we have welcomed 7 refugee & immigrant families and individuals including a family of five from Afghanistan, a Congolese individual, a family of eight from the Congo, one Somalian individual, and three separate Syrian families. 

In addition, we are currently serving 11 clients' cases through our anti-human trafficking program.

World Relief Staff & Faith Leaders Meet with  Senators in D.C.
In May, some of our very own were able to go serve as constituent voices for the Carolinas to various Senators' offices in Washington D.C.! Matt Soerens led the group of pastors, World Relief staff, and other leaders in amplifying the voices of others and at the same time voicing their own concerns for the immigrant community.
"While many Christians shy away from engagement with our political process or legislative policies, I believe that an integral part of loving our immigrant neighbors is that we advocate for just and humane laws and systems that contribute to all people's flourishing," Jon Musser, Director of Mission Services says. "This time was a good reminder of what love looks like when lived out to its fullest extent - raising our voice on behalf of those who are not always heard. It is so powerful when Christians come together, in unity, to stand with those in vulnerable situations."
Refugee Resettlement Asks for Congress
In light of World Refugee Day on June 25th, partner of World Relief and advocacy group, Refugee Council USA, has called upon constituents and community members across the states to call on Congress for the following asks regarding refugees and resettlement: 
  • Congress should prepare a supplemental funding package for the U.S. response to Ukraine to support a humanitarian parole program to include vital services and to strengthen the U.S. resettlement program. This should include:

    • Resettlement Assistance --  DHS (USCIS) to welcome refugees and parolees fleeing violence in Ukraine and facilitate the rebuilding of the USRAP.

    • Humanitarian Assistance -- For international humanitarian assistance, as supported by InterAction. 

  • The administration should maximize and expand the use of the United States Refugee Assistance Program (USRAP) to assist all refugee nationalities, such as Ukrainians and Afghans. This can be done by ramping up processing sites in Europe and countries neighboring Ukraine and following through on commitments to streamline refugee processing.
    • This should also include robust refugee processing of Afghans who have been left behind, including those in Afghanistan and other host countries. 
We challenge you to take action on just one of these asks of Congress. Click the link to learn how you can  use your own voice to amplify the voices of those in vulnerable situations and make your request known to your representatives. 
Home Set-Up Teams Continuing to Prepare Houses
You can make a world of difference in the lives of refugees, immigrants and survivors of human trafficking by sharing your time and talents. One of these ways is through getting involved in one of our home set-up teams! Learn more and apply to become a volunteer with us at the button below.
Volunteer With Us
If you're a current volunteer and have hours to log, you can do so here >>
A great way to partner with WR Triad is by praying with and for us! Will you join us by praying for our community in these ways?
  • Pray for both of our offices' preparation as we continue to welcome more arrivals in the upcoming months.  We are expecting over 250 arrivals to take place through the end of the year, with about 130 resettling in both Winston and High Point. We currently have at least 5 confirmed families arriving from various countries and scheduled to arrive in the upcoming weeks. Pray specifically for our client coordinators as they work to properly provide services to all of their clients, as well as our resource management team as they prepare their homes.
  • For the Afghan immigrants who have arrived and are now waiting for their pending immigration status in terms of citizenship: We are praying and hoping for a permanent solution to arise soon through the Afghan Adjustment Act or by some other legislative means.
  • Pray for open positions to be filled with the right people as well as our newest additions to the team who are already contributing to our team in a mighty way. We currently have 3 new staff who have joined in the past two months with 7 positions currently open. Pray for staff members as they continue to train and assure new hires of their roles, as well as for staff to have wisdom throughout the hiring process.
"Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful." - Hebrews 10:23
Van Donation
We are so grateful for the generosity of one of our partners through Women of Action in Greensboro for her generosity in donating a van to us! This vehicle will be used for program services and providing transportation for clients as staff and volunteers take them to appointments, job sites, stores, and more.

The Summit Church in Kernserville Donation Drive
Partner of World Relief Triad and local church in Kernserville, The Summit was able to produce and donate many various household items for incoming arrivals' homes recently! Our appreciation for this church's heart for the populations we serve is immense.

Kernersville Amazon Team Members Donation
Recently, the Amazon Fulfillment Center in Kernersville was able to donate various home items including mops, vacuums, trashcans, and other kitchen and bathroom items.  We are so appreciative to this local partner's willingness to provide welcome.

CycleBar Fundraiser
A faithful partner with World Relief Triad, CycleBar Winston-Salem recently hosted another fundraising event, a CycleGive ride, in which 100% of the proceeds towards the ride were donated to World Relief! $400 was raised as an effort with both the CycleBar participants and team members.

"We are truly honored to work with World Relief Triad, and support the incredible work they are doing in our community," Mari Parrott, CycleBar Winston-Salem General Manager states. We are truly so thankful for their continued support in practice to bring sustainable change to vulnerable populations.

If you'd like to support us financially, or through a donation, please visit the appropriate pages through the links provided.

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