The Church World Service Harrisonburg Immigration and Refugee program has resettled refugees since 1988 from Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia, Burma, Colombia, Congo (DRC), Croatia, Cuba, El Salvador, Eritrea, Honduras, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Pakistan, Russia, Rwanda, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Syria, Sudan, Tajikistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan within one hundred miles of our office. Our primary goal is to help refugees form long lasting relationships in the community which become the basis of self-sufficiency. In order to reach this goal a family must be able to maintain their own basic needs in a sustainable lifestyle. This is typically encouraged with English and cultural orientation classes, education and employment. Our program provides a bridge from a former life to a new set of cultural, linguistic and practical skills that will enable refugees to thrive in Harrisonburg. Our diverse, multilingual staff work with newly arrived refugees from day one to smooth their transition and aid them on their journey to self-sufficiency.
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