How does CWS help newly arrived refugees and other displaced people?

The CWS provides case management services to newly arrived refugees starting at the airport pick up. Initial services include housing, furnishings, food, clothing, community orientation, enrollment of school- aged children, and referrals to other ongoing services for refugees’ first 30 to 90 days in the U.S. Refugees acquire the knowledge and skills needed to adapt to life in the United States and adapt to their new communities thanks to cultural orientation provided by the IRC. This includes a particular emphasis on learning English and finding employment to enable self-sufficiency. CWS staff also educates clients on general housing and home safety practices and emergency procedures. The orientation, education and coaching are all delivered with cultural and language competency and interpretation is available for all refugees.