We have one goal: building a world where there is enough for all.

Our office is a branch of the Church World Service global organization. CWS began in 1946 in the aftermath of World War II. We are a faith-based organization transforming communities around the globe through just and sustainable responses to hunger, poverty, displacement, and disaster.

Established in 1988, CWS Harrisonburg serves and advocates for refugees, asylum seekers, unaccompanied children, and immigrants in the Shenandoah Valley. We are dedicated to helping new neighbors integrate and thrive, and reach their full potential as contributing members of the community. In collaboration with community organizations, individuals, and faith groups, CWS Harrisonburg provides services ranging from initial reception and welcome to ongoing employment and  career training, children’s and youth programming, mental health and wellness, family resiliency and intensive case management, immigration legal services, advocacy, and emergency response.

Our Work


Refugee and Immigrant Services

We provide an array of social, educational, employment, and legal services to support refugees and immigrants as they rebuild their lives in the Shenandoah Valley.

Immigration Legal Services

CWS Harrisonburg is recognized by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) and our Immigration Counselor on staff is qualified to provide legal advice and represent clients in immigration proceedings. We provide a number of different immigration legal services.

Get Involved


Building Community

 Since 1988, we have collaboratively envisioned and created a welcoming place for new neighbors from across the globe. We accomplish this work with the help of many local volunteers.

Advocacy and Community Organizing

Through our words and actions, we empower refugees and immigrants to use their voice to shape and influence the attitudes, political decisions, and everyday practices that impact them.