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Church World Service offering 6-week webinar series on
Community Sponsorships
The incoming administration has indicated that the number of refugee arrivals to the US will most likely return to historic norms; community sponsorships are an integral part of
supporting the successful integration of refugee families in their new home country.

What is community sponsorship?
A community sponsorship is when a community group works together to welcome refugees by assisting in the process of resettlement and integration. These groups may be called co-sponsors, welcome teams or other names.

Considering a Community Sponsorship with Opening Doors?
Volunteering with refugee resettlement agencies like Opening Doors requires thoughtful engagement. This 6-week webinar series is designed to give an overview of the resettlement process and lay the groundwork for anyone interested in learning more about the role community plays in the work of welcome for refugees arriving to Sacramento in 2021.

Read on to learn more about what will be covered in each session and to register:
Week 1: An Introduction to Community Sponsorship
Join CWS Faith Community Organizers and RCUSA to explore the basics of refugee resettlement and the important role that community sponsorship plays in the integration of newly arrived refugees. This session will set the foundation for the following five sessions.

Week 2: Orientation to Thoughtful Volunteering
This session explores challenging issues related to welcoming refugees. Attendees will receive basic training on how to thoughtfully volunteer while considering topics of power, culture, paternalism, race, and socioeconomic status. Attendees will leave with resources for further group and individual education on important intersecting issues.

Week 3: Organizing for Community Sponsorship
Interested in becoming a community sponsor but not sure how to organize your team or how to prepare for the coming months? This session will equip those interested in community sponsorship to take the next step towards welcoming a refugee.

Week 4: Welcoming During a Pandemic
Amidst the unknowns of this past year, local communities remained committed to welcoming newcomers. As life moved, largely, from in-person to virtual engagements, how did community sponsorship and support of newly arrived refugees change? Join community sponsors and local resettlement agency staff to explore how they have welcomed during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Week 5: Reflections on Resettlement
Hear from a panel of community sponsors, refugees, and resettlement staff as they share best practices and tips based on their experience. What do they wish prospective volunteers/community sponsors knew before they welcome newcomers?

Week 6: Creative Welcoming Initiatives
Join this session to be inspired by the creative ways community members across the United States are providing welcome support to refugees. This session is meant to inspire, encourage, and generate new ideas as we work together to assist refugees in their integration into our communities. 

To learn more about community sponsorships, please contact Opening Doors Community Engagement Manager, Julie Beckner.

About Church World Service (CWS):
Opening Doors works is an affiliate of Church World Service (CWS) to support refugees as they progress through their integration process: from their initial welcome to the Unites States, to self-reliance and ultimately to thriving.
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