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Global Reach


World Relief is a global Christian humanitarian organization whose mission is to empower the local church to serve the most vulnerable. We aim to tackle the world’s greatest problems with holistic, locally-driven solutions that lead to lasting change — whether in response to disasters, extreme poverty, violence, oppression or mass displacement and immigration. World Relief’s work in the United States, specifically, focuses on helping refugees and other immigrants in vulnerable situations rebuild their lives in a new country.

Local Impact


At World Relief Modesto, we come alongside refugees and other immigrants in vulnerable situations as they rebuild their lives in the United States. For over 20 years, we’ve been welcoming immigrants and refugees throughout the Central Valley. ​This necessary and impactful work has proven to be a life source to vulnerable populations of immigrants as they make the journey from foreigner to friend and soon, themselves join in the work of welcoming a new generation of immigrants to their new home.


Today, we’re a movement comprised of a diverse group of churches and believers across the central valley of California, fostering an environment conducive to stability and sound integration for immigrants and refugees in vulnerable situations.


 As needs have increased in recent years, we have expanded our work beyond refugees to include all immigrants in vulnerable situations. While the work is not always easy, it's always worth it, as the restored hope in the lives of the vulnerable is irreplaceable. Today, World Relief Modesto is part of a national network of offices through which over 400,000 immigrants and refugees have been welcomed into this country.

Church Centered

Working with the local church is not only a good strategy, it's at the very heart of our work. We believe that God gave us a plan to save our broken world, and that it begins with his church, and his people, leading the way. We want to see local churches creating and leading change in their communities.


We believe in transformation of the whole person mind, body and spirit. That's why our programs focus on addressing the root causes of poverty, vulnerability and injustice. Beyond physical change, we focus on driving mental, social and spiritual transformation.

plant growing from ground

We understand that lasting change requires more than quick fixes and band-aid solutions. We prioritize the leadership and participation of those we serve, whether people, churches or local institutions, as critical to creating and sustaining change. Many of our staff are immigrants themselves and have a deep understanding of the challenges our clients face.



Sarah Williams
Site Manager

Ellie Gundlach
Preferred Communities Manager

Wes Jang
Finance Manager

Megan Lester                            Donations Coordinator





At World Relief, we are committed to prayerful, efficient and thoughtful stewardship of every donation. When you invest in us, you can trust not only that your resources are being directed to the right places, but also that those resources are being used in the smartest, most efficient ways possible due to the collective expertise of our organization.

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