What are Welcome Teams?
Welcome Teams open the opportunities and create the pathways that connect the newcomer to a
new community. Partnerships help to meet the social, emotional and material needs of newly arriving refugees. Church partnership provides opportunity for local congregations to help the newcomer to re-imagine their lives and rebuild their hope.
Concerned members –acting as guides, advocates and friends – help refugee families move from despair to hope, from isolation into community, and from dependency to self-sufficiency.
- As guides, church volunteers introduce refugees to the U.S. culture and life In America.
- As advocates, church partners help to ensure that the refugee family is not exploited or taken advantage of in housing situations, at work or in their personal lives.
- Most importantly, church volunteers are friends who offer emotional supported encouragement.