About Us


A Deep Foundation

North Carolina has been welcoming refugees for over 40 years, and CWS Durham  is proud to work every day to keep that tradition alive! Our office opened in early 2009, partnering with the local community to provide refuge, opportunity, and hope to individuals and families fleeing persecution around the world.

Our Impact

Burlington, NC

In addition to our work in Durham, our team is now providing resettlement and employment services in Burlington, NC. The limited availability of affordable housing in the Triangle continues to present significant challenges for our new neighbors arriving in Durham. As a result, our team has developed new housing, community, employment, and government partnerships in Alamance County to support our new neighbors as they begin their new lives with us in North Carolina.

The CWS Story

Church World Service was born in the wake of the devastation of World War II. In 1946, seventeen Christian denominations came together “to do in partnership what none of us could hope to do as well alone.”

In our early days, the CWS family mobilized more than 11 million pounds of food, clothing and medical supplies for war-torn Europe and Asia. In the United States, we began to welcome refugees who were looking to start new lives in safety, resettling more than 100,000 refugees in our first 10 years.

Over the decades, the specifics of our programs have shifted. And the CWS family, leadership, and faith-based identity has also grown and evolved as we remain committed to our founding principle of bringing all voices to the table to build a world where there is enough for all. 

The CWS Durham office opened in 2009 as a local refugee resettlement office and resource provider for refugees and immigrants in the Triangle. Our local partners, staff, and clients who hail from rich and diverse faith, ethnic, racial, and linguistic backgrounds work every day to turn our vision into reality.

Here at CWS, the principles of welcome, collaboration and dignity have spanned the decades and wrapped around the globe. We have seen over and over again that we are stronger when we stand together. Every single person has gifts and skills to help. Welcome to the movement--we’re glad you’re here.

Learn more about how CWS Global transforms communities around the globe through just and sustainable responses to hunger, poverty, displacement and disaster. [cwsglobal.org]

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CWS Durham operates under the governance of CWS Global’s Board of Directors and our finances are included in the CWS Global annual audit.

Church World Service is tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to Church World Service are tax deductible. The CWS financial records are audited by independent auditors in accordance with guidelines established by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

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