World Relief Chicagoland will adapt its community sponsorship model called ‘Good Neighbor Teams’ to meet the unique needs of asylum seekers in the Chicago metropolitan area, and will then replicate the model in other World Relief affiliate offices across the country. The adapted model design will draw on the experiences of asylum seekers, former Good Neighbor Team volunteers, a cohort of local immigrant and non-immigrant churches, and other organizations mobilizing the community to support asylum seekers.
"There are more displaced people in the world today than at any time since World War II. The U.S. has a pivotal role to play in welcoming refugees and providing safety and due process for asylum seekers, yet support and welcome must go far beyond designated agencies. Local communities are vital to successful, long-term integration, and community sponsorship will connect supportive volunteers with determined newcomers, creating opportunity for all to flourish."
"Asylum seekers receive very little public or private assistance. Through community sponsorship, asylum seekers will receive vital support and community connections as they navigate the complex legal process of asylum."
"Through CSCF’s support, World Relief Chicagoland will revamp and pilot a “Good Neighbor Team” sponsorship model to meet the unique needs of asylum seekers, incorporating learnings from decades of church-based sponsorship. In year two, the model will be scaled to support growing numbers of resettled refugees and shared with World Relief’s network of offices across the U.S."