First Steps

CWS Harrisonburg works closely with community partners to ensure a smooth transition for our new neighbors entering the Shenandoah Valley. For the first month, we offer these core services:

  • Safe, clean, and affordable housing
  • Essential furnishings for their new home
  • Food and food allowance
  • Necessary clothing
  • Assistance in health screening and appropriate health programs
  • Assistance in applying for Social Security Cards
  • Registering the children in school
  • Employment training and employment services
  • Cultural Orientation
  • English language training or referral

After their first month in the United States, most refugees start to work and no longer financially depend on our office. However, we continue to support them if they need additional help finding jobs, signing up for English classes, or communicating with schools for children.