Host Home Volunteer
World Relief matches newly-arrived refugees, asylees, and SIV holders as well as immigrants leaving the ICE processing center in Tacoma with local Host Homes. Hosts provide a safe place to stay, friendship and much needed rest for those in a time of transition. Right now, we have an urgent need for host homes in three different capacities. All host home volunteers must submit COVID-19 vaccine records for everyone 12 and up in the household.
On-Call Host Home
Out on the Tacoma tide flats there is a large detention center facility that can hold 1,575 immigrants. Many are in court proceedings for an immigration violation, which are usually civil and not criminal offenses. Most people who are released from this facility have no criminal records. Others who are detained are bused or flown up from border towns where they have requested sanctuary because they are fleeing persecution and cannot go home. They have not committed any violations to the law but must go through court proceedings in detention to prove their case. Upon release, some stay with a host home before traveling to be with friends and family. Others may be joining a program at World Relief and need a place to stay before they get long-term housing.
- Hosts sign up for an on-call week or weekend and are contacted by a coordinator or lead volunteer when a hosting need comes up. Hosting needs vary and not predictable.
- Hosts provide: meals, lodging (separated space such as ADU preferred) and transportation.
- Length of stay: 1-5 days.
- Transportation: Pick up guest at the Detention Center in Tacoma and take them to your home. Transportation to the airport for flight if needed.
- Number of guests: 1-2 people (usually adults).
Opt-In Host Home
Opt-in hosts are contacted by the Host Home Coordinator when a hosting need comes up for refugees and asylees staying in the area on a World Relief program. Hosts reply to the Coordinator if they can host and make arrangements for their guests.
- Hosts provide: some meals, lodging (separated space such as ADU preferred) and some transportation.
- Length of stay: 1-30 days.
- Transportation: Pick up guest or a World Relief Seattle staff will bring to your home.
- Number of guests: varies based on family size, but often includes children.
Long-Term Host Home
We are building a team of hosts who have capacity for occasional long-term stays as we see a growing need for those released from detention with non-asylee statuses. These individuals are granted permission to stay in the US based on their fear of persecution, but may not qualify for a resettlement program and must wait up to 6 months for work authorization. Having a safe place to stay through this transitional season is imperative.
- Hosts provide: meals (until guest accesses EBT), lodging (private bedroom preferred).
- Length of stay: 2-6 months.
- Number of guests: 1-2
- Willingness to share your home with people of other cultures and religions
- Pass a Federal Background Check, driving record check, and complete a virtual in-home training with the Volunteer Coordinator
- Communicate with World Relief staff before and during a guest's stay
- Log all volunteer hours
Interested in hosting refugees, asylees and those released from detention? The first step is to fill out a volunteer application. Once you submit your application, follow the steps to complete the online orientation and register for a local training.
All volunteers are required to attend both the general and local orientations, complete an application, and undergo a background check before starting. At the training you will learn about World Relief's work, the refugees and immigrants we serve, and what it looks like to come alongside them as volunteers in different roles