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Reception & Placement

Today there are millions of people around the globe who have been forced, or made the painful choice, to leave their home. Threatened by extreme poverty, violence, and oppression, they leave behind everything familiar to seek a life free from fear.

Thousands of these refugees and other immigrants in vulnerable situations come to the United States every year seeking a place to rebuild their lives.

And together, we can help.

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Creating a Community of Welcome

At World Relief Western NY, we partner with the local church and hundreds of individual volunteers to assist refugee families, especially when they first arrive in the United States. Since our founding in 2021, we’ve welcomed 400+ refugees to the Rochester area in partnership with the U.S. Department of State.

Whether it’s securing housing, supplying basic necessities, or enrolling children in school, we come alongside these families every step of the way as they begin on the path to belonging.

"It was World Relief. They decided to show me the way. I feel safe. I have a job. I have a car. I can go to my work."

Sayed Ebrahim, World Relief Client

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