Welcoming Refugees & Immigrants
It starts with you.
WHY IT MATTERS
103 million people forcibly displaced
32.5 million refugees fleeing violence and persecution. They need safety. They need peace. They need the building blocks for a new life. You can be part of the community that welcomes them and helps them flourish.
Make an Impact
Since 1992, World Relief Spokane has welcomed nearly 12,000 refugees and other new arrivals. But we haven’t done it alone. It takes volunteers, landlords, employers, churches and friends. Join this welcoming community today.
With your help, we can make Spokane one of the most welcoming cities on the planet.
“As a young family with three children, we have lived as strangers in Kenya. We remember the challenges of language and adapting to a new culture. The nationals who helped us and prayed for us are still close friends these decades later. We donate to World Relief Spokane because the staff and volunteers are the hands and feet of Jesus welcoming strangers to our community.”
- Dr. Sam and Judy Palpant, donors
Refugees Receive Vital Services
New arrivals receive help with housing, cultural orientation, training in public transportation, and access to educational services like financial literacy and conversation club so they can become self-sufficient.
Our Community Prospers
We connect churches and community members with immigrant families to foster transformative relationships, where both new and long-term community members flourish and find a sense of unity and belonging.
This small family has fled twice from war-torn countries. Originally fleeing from Sudan, Sheekadeen and Alnaseem were living in Libya when they welcomed their only child, Mohammed, into the world. War broke out in Libya in 2011 when then President Muammar Gaddafi was killed.
Good Neighbor Teams (GNT) are a group of individuals who are trained to walk alongside a family for six months as they adjust to life in Spokane. Such a partnership takes responsibility for much of the resettlement process including: acquiring housing, registering for schools and government agencies, locating jobs, etc.
Suzan held a Bible study in her home. A seemingly benign, everyday activity. Except… Suzan lived in Iran. She had been secretly teaching the Bible in her home for years when one of her friends brought two new friends. Suzan didn’t know these new people, and she wasn’t sure of their motives. Did they want…