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World Relief, Durham, North Carolina

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Address: 1902 Perry St
Durham, North Carolina  27705  
United States
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Mission Statement


Vision In community with the local Church, World Relief envisions the most vulnerable people transformed economically, socially, and spiritually.

Description


Welcoming the Stranger In 23 cities across the United States, World Relief and the local church are welcoming newcomers to the country, easing their transition and developing new support networks to replace those left behind. "Soldiers came into our house and looted it. They killed our neighbor’s three-year-old son and burned down their house. For two months, we didn't dare to go out of the house," Ziza Uka, an Albanian refugee from Serbia recalls. "We were afraid to sleep." Every year, World Relief and our network of church-based volunteers helps up to 10,000 refugees fleeing persecution and war in their homelands. Gradually, we help refugees make the transition to American life, so that one day they will call America home. Since 1979, World Relief has embraced over 200,000 refugees, welcoming them at the airport, helping them find jobs, and extending the hands of friendship. Mary, a Sudanese refugee, says, "When I got off the plane, I was afraid. I did not know anyone. But then I saw many people holding balloons and banners. World Relief workers introduced themselves to me. I was startled by the kind people who greeted me. I knew at that moment that my Christian brothers and sisters would help me start again." For some refugees, even everyday activities in the United States can be bewildering—car seats, gas stoves and the English language may all be new. World Relief staff and volunteers adapt to varied needs, offering English classes, helping refugees understand the American culture, and going on field trips to mall, shopping centers and baseball games. Volunteers serve as the hands and feet of Christ and find the lives of the refugees, as well as their own, transformed in the process.

Welcoming the Stranger In 23 cities across the United States, World Relief and the local church are welcoming newcomers to the country, easing their transition and developing new support networks to replace those left behind. "Soldiers came into our house and looted it. They killed our neighbor’s three-year-old son and burned down their house. For two months, we didn't dare to go out of the house," Ziza Uka, an Albanian refugee from Serbia recalls. "We were afraid to sleep." Every year, World Relief and our network of church-based volunteers helps up to 10,000 refugees fleeing persecution and war in their homelands. Gradually, we help refugees make the transition to American life, so that one day they will call America home. Since 1979, World Relief has embraced over 200,000 refugees, welcoming them at the airport, helping them find jobs, and extending the hands of friendship. Mary, a Sudanese refugee, says, "When I got off the plane, I was afraid. I did not know anyone. But then I saw many people holding balloons and banners. World Relief workers introduced themselves to me. I was startled by the kind people who greeted me. I knew at that moment that my Christian brothers and sisters would help me start again." For some refugees, even everyday activities in the United States can be bewildering—car seats, gas stoves and the English language may all be new. World Relief staff and volunteers adapt to varied needs, offering English classes, helping refugees understand the American culture, and going on field trips to mall, shopping centers and baseball games. Volunteers serve as the hands and feet of Christ and find the lives of the refugees, as well as their own, transformed in the process.

Mission Statement: Vision In community with the local Church, World Relief envisions the most vulnerable people transformed economically, socially, and spiritually.

Organizational Statement of Faith


Values The Example of Jesus as we serve those who are suffering from poverty and injustice, regardless of color, belief, or gender, as part of God’s plan to redeem, reconcile, and restore the world. We seek to follow Jesus by living holy, humble, and honest lives individually and corporately. The Local Church as a primary agent of bringing peace, justice, and love to a broken world. The integrated "word" and "deed" dimensions of God’s mandate, as evidenced through the church’s integral, or transformational, mission are necessary to bringing reconciliation and restoration to God, others, and the environment. People whether staff, volunteers, clients, beneficiaries, donors, and or partners, as important actors in bringing peace, love, and justice. We recognize and affirm World Relief as a multicultural organization and seek to understand and respect the multiplicity of cultures among us. As we seek change in the world, we recognize that we, too, are changed, by those we serve. Excellence/Continuous Improvement in all our program initiatives and support services, following best practices and standards in a manner that is sustainable to the community from a spiritual, social, and economic perspective. We also seek to apply our human and financial resources in such ways that maximize impact and sustain benefits to the greatest number of people. Empowerment by prioritizing the leadership and participation of those we serve, whether people, churches, or local institutions, as critical to creating and sustaining change. We seek to catalyze a movement of worldwide volunteers to multiply impact, and we value capacity-building as a means towards that end. Partnership by seeking, facilitating, and promoting collaboration among all stakeholders, including local governments, the worldwide church, mission agencies, other NGO’s, and the business community, recognizing partnership as essential to serving the most vulnerable. We believe each expression of the worldwide Church has a unique and interdependent role in bringing peace and justice to the world. Prayer as the priority and foundational to accomplishing our mission.


Denominational Affiliations


Non-denominational


Local Affiliation



Organizational Affiliations


World Relief


Program Type:


Immigration Program

Do you Require Formal Orientation Training?


Yes