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The Tampa Bay Office of World Relief has been in operation here since 1980, and we are thankful to God for his continuing grace and provision in His work here. The corporate mission statement of World Relief is "...mobilizing the church for service...", and by His grace, that's exactly what we have been able to achieve. The Tampa Office of World Relief coupled with our sibling ministries interact with over 100 local churches and ministries for the purposes of:

  • Mentoring individuals and families
  • Housing needs
  • English Classes (ESOL)
  • Job Counseling, placement and career placement
  • Counseling Food Recovery and Distribution
  • Assistance to Victims of Slavery Immigration

Take a look and find out more about the ministries of World Relief, and what's more, how you can participate in "alleviating suffering in the name of Jesus Christ".

Network of Emergency Trafficking Services (NETS)

World Relief is now in it's second year organizing a network to help victims of trafficking in the U.S. with a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime.

Human trafficking is a modern-day form of slavery where victims are often brought across international borders, and are subjected to force, fraud or coercion, resulting in sexual exploitation or forced labor. .

NETS is an effort between social service providers, criminal justice system representatives, ethnic communities, relevant educational programs and religious communities. The network works collaboratively to address the unique needs of victims of trafficking by providing comprehensive services which include: case management; shelter; legal services including immigration relief; advocacy; medical and dental care; mental health assessments; translation and interpretation services; job skills training/ESL and transportation.

Facts on Trafficking:

  • Approximately 800,000 to 900,000 victims are annually trafficked across international borders
  • Sex trafficking is tied with drugs, as the second most profitable industry of organized crime
  • Annual revenues from sex trafficking are an estimated $7 billion
  • Between 14,500 and 17,500 victims annually are trafficked into the U.S.
  • Most victims into the U.S. are from Asia, Central and South America and Eastern Europe
  • Many are unable to seek help because they do not speak English, they are afraid, threatened, socially isolated, or their movement is restricted
  • Many victims are forced to work in prostitution or sex entertainment
  • Victims also are used in labor exploitation, such as domestic servitude, sweatshop factories or migrant farm work

Information from the Department of Health and Human Services

Immigration Services

We offer services to immigrants and churches that work alongside the immigrant community by providing immigration services including counseling, completing applications for green cards, citizenship, work authorization, travel documents, lost documents, interpretation and translation services.

Contact Ida for an appointment to assist with immigration issues.

Reaping the Harvest

Reaping The Harvest, co-founded by World Relief Tampa Bay, provides the means and person power to get surplus food to the hungry. Volunteers from churches all over Pasco County pick up all usable food products they can from restaurants, hotels, grocery stores, wholesalers, bakeries, produce vendors, hospitals and even college cafeterias. They then deliver it to the shelters, soup kitchens and food pantries that feed the hungry in this area.

This efficient transportation network assures that the surplus food that is collected today is served today.

While always in need of your time, surplus food, resources or use of delivery vehicles, Reaping the Harvest has no bank account, assets, salaries, storage facilities or debts, except to love and appreciate the folks who give so unselfishly of their time and energy to make it work for the hungry of our county.

How you can help

In a one- year period, World Relief Tampa's volunteers logged over 15,000 hours. That is the equivalent of seven and one-half additional full-time positions. It goes without saying that we could not have done what we've done or be where we are, without the Lord and YOU.

We always need good people who can help with:

  • Prayer
  • Office help including - answer phones, typing, filing, data entry, mailings, phone calling, sorting donations, maintenance, vehicle maintenance, and picking up or delivering donations
  • Teach English
  • Counseling/Mentoring individuals and families
  • Teach grocery shopping
  • Teach budgeting
  • Outreach to the homeless
  • Teaching life skills

Contact Information:
Ida Lopez, Office Manager
World Relief Tampa
6321 Grand Blvd.
New Port Richey, FL 34652

Tel: 727-859-1650
Ida Lopez: ext 101  |  E-mail: ilopez@wr.org 
Olga Barulli: ext 102  |  E-mail: obarulli@wr.org
Front Desk: ext 103

Fax: 727-264-2053

Mailing address:
PO Box 848
New Port Richey, FL 34656

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