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About Us

World Relief Western New York empowers churches, community organizations, and people like you to create communities of love and welcome that we all feel proud to be part of. We believe in transformation of the whole person — mind, body and spirit.

Our programs focus on creating change that lasts by addressing the root causes of poverty, vulnerability, and injustice. We provide newly arrived refugees with access to basic necessities and begin them on the journey to belonging through our expertise, specialized services, and relationships.


Contact our office at or call 585-563-7175 

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 Western NY, we come alongside refugees and other immigrants in vulnerable situations as they rebuild their lives in the United States. Rochester, NY has a long history of involvement in the resettlement of refugees under the United States Refugee Admissions Program, with over 16,000 refugees coming to Western New York since 2002.

In 2018, three Rochester churches co-hosted the event "Loving the Stranger Among Us" and over 250 Christians from over 35 different local churches came together to consider how God could be asking us to respond to the ongoing global refugee crisis. Refuge Rochester was born as a direct result of that gathering, created as a way to respond to that question. Since then, we've focused on connecting Christians and churches with refugee families, and education and discipleship through events.

Beginning July 1, 2021, Refuge Rochester became World Relief Western NY, part of a national network of World Relief offices through which over 400,000 immigrants and refugees have been welcomed into this country. For decades, World Relief has empowered churches, community organizations and people like you to adapt to the challenges of the moment for the sake of refugees and other immigrants.

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.

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