Emergency Response Programs 

Immediate Responses

CWS Harrisonburg works with refugees before they reach United States soil. These refugees often go through a process of interviews and discussion before getting their approval to enter the United States and start their new lives in the Shenandoah Valley.

CWS is dedicated to ensuring the safety and livelihood of everyone around the world; Major events in the world can forcibly displace people instantly and produce an immediate threat on the lives of innocent bystanders.

Current emergency response programs include:

  • Afghan Placement and Assistance (APA): Afghan nationals who have been granted humanitarian parole into the United States may be eligible for this program. The APA program offers temporary legal status, expedited work authorization, and access to basic resettlement
    services through a 30-90 day service period with existing resettlement agencies. This includes, but is not limited to, airport reception, accessing safe and appropriate housing, providing adequate food supplies, accessing seasonal clothing, accessing health care and other public
    benefits, as eligible, assistance with school enrollment for minors, cultural orientation and limited financial assistance.
  • Ukrainian Humanitarian Parolees: The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) has granted us the ability to accept applications from Ukrainian Humanitarian Parolees for ORR benefits and services due to their forced displacement.