World Relief Moline serves refugees - persons who have fled their home countries due to war and persecution. Many refugees have spent years in refugee camps abroad, and all refugees have come to America for a chance to start a new life. World Relief Moline, in partnership with the local Church, community, and volunteers, works to provide services to these vulnerable people groups. In 2011, WRM expects to resettle about 170 refugees in the Quad Cities.
Each refugee has a story. Some have fled their homes recently, leaving behind family and friends. Others have been living for more than two decades in refugee camps, where they may have been without running water, electricity, or job opportunities. Many refugees have been immersed in a new environment and culture without the ability to speak the English language, making it difficult to communicate without an interpreter, move about the community freely, find employment, and feel "at home". World Relief Moline staff depend greatly on volunteers, churches, and community partners to assist in welcoming newcomers to the Quad Cities and provide the support necessary to help refugees stand on their own feet.
There are many ways that you can serve your refugee neighbors in the Quad Cities. Click "Get Involved" to find an opportunity, and STAND/for the vulnerable.