Community Sponsorship


Ambassadors of Welcome

Community. Partnership. Friendship.

Welcome newly arrived refugees to Durham through community sponsorship. As a community sponsor, your group of 7-10 becomes a partner with CWS Durham to greet a refugee family at the airport, assist them in securing and furnishing initial housing, connect them with local services, and show them all of the things that make our community so special!

Community Sponsor Interest Form

Not quite ready to complete the Community Sponsor Interest Form, or have questions about something else? Contact Melissa Hammond, our Co-Sponsorship Coordinator.

Sponsorship is offering a hand up. It is not total responsibility for our immigrant neighbors.

Sponsors form teams and each team member backs up the others, offering their own time, talent, and energy, however much or little it may be. What might be daunting alone, sponsors have the strength of each other.


Groups of Support

Group Basics

  • 7-10 Members
  • Community Group or Faith Community
  • 4-6 Month Commitment
  • Partnered with 1 Client Household
  • Provide Social Support toward their goals of self-sufficiency
  • Provide Financial Support for 4 months of rent
  • Identify Housing and set-up with basic needs

Social Support

During the 4 month commitment, Community Sponsor groups support their refugee partner as they adjust to their new community. Community Sponsors help their partners navigate their new neighborhood and city, pay their bills and rent, make medical and social services appointments, and work toward other goals developed by the client's CWS Case Manager.

Financial Support

Community sponsors commit to paying at least four months of rent for their refugee partners. The exact amount will vary depending on what type of housing is most appropriate for a specific client household. Clients often arrive with limited resources and this financial support allows them to focus on the immediate tasks of language learning, cultural orientation, and employment.

Ready to Learn More?

If you're ready to make a difference in the life of a newly arrived refugee family, complete this Interest Form to introduce yourself. We'll follow up with more information and next steps.

Community Sponsor Interest Form

Through Community Sponsorship, we have become more complete people with the skills to engage all of humanity at a deeper level.

Matt - Community Sponsor


Community Sponsorship Team Registration

If you are currently a part of a team who's team coordinator has made contact with CWS staff, please complete this form to register with your team!


Case Notes

Current Co-Sponsor case notes submission form.



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