About Us

CWS NorCal

has opened its Welcome Center in Walnut Creek, CA to serve refugees, immigrants, and asylees in Northern California. Our office in Walnut Creek helps refugees resettle, form long-lasting relationships in the community and maintain their own basic needs in a sustainable lifestyle. Our office serves as a bridge from their former life in their home country to a new set of cultural, linguistic, and practical skills that enables them to be successful in Northern California. CWS NorCal operates several programs to serve the vulnerable population, including unaccompanied children who mostly come through the southern border, and refugees, immigrants, and asylee families and individuals.

The CWS Story

Church World Service was born in the wake of the devastation of World War II. In 1946, seventeen Christian denominations came together “to do in partnership what none of us could hope to do as well alone.”

In our early days, the CWS family mobilized more than 11 million pounds of food, clothing and medical supplies for war-torn Europe and Asia. In the United States, we began to welcome refugees who were looking to start new lives in safety, resettling more than 100,000 refugees in our first 10 years.

Over the decades, the specifics of our programs have shifted. And the CWS family, leadership, and faith-based identity has also grown and evolved as we remain committed to our founding principle of bringing all voices to the table to build a world where there is enough for all.

Here at CWS, the principles of welcome, collaboration and dignity have spanned the decades and wrapped around the globe. We have seen over and over again that we are stronger when we stand together. Every single person has gifts and skills to help. Welcome to the movement--we’re glad you’re here.

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CWS NorCal operates under the governance of CWS Global’s Board of Directors and our finances are included in the CWS Global annual audit.

Church World Service is tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to Church World Service are tax deductible. The CWS financial records are audited by independent auditors in accordance with guidelines established by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

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Resettlement FAQ


CWS is committed to showing welcome and providing steadfast support to refugees, immigrants, asylum-seekers and other uprooted people within the United States, who are seeking safety and the opportunity to rebuild their lives.


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Operating Hours: 9am-5pm
Phone: 925-418-1820
Email: norcal@cwsglobal.org