Refugee and Migration Ministries

Caring for those in need of welcoming homes.

We have a long history of providing and creating
robust structures of welcome for the resettlement of
refugees and the protection of asylees within the
United States, while advocating for and responding to
the needs of those displaced globally.

Are you interested in connecting with your UCC neighbors who are hosting migrants? Use the map to the right to get a closer view of the hundreds of UCC churches across the country currently hosting migrants. Please contact Rev. Irene Hassan, hassani@ucc.org, for detailed information on churches in your area you could collaborate with to accompany refugees or asylum seekers in your area.

We offer grants to UCC churches, their partners, and hosted migrants the promote sustainability and empowerment. Grant applications are due the third Friday of each month, except November and December due to holiday office closures. Grant cycles in November and December will instead be due November 11, 2022 and December 2, 2022. New and revised grants, as well as a new grant workshop, will become available early February 2023.

Links to the grant applications themselves:

Booster Grant: https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/83019-United-Church-Of-Christ
Empowerment Grant: https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/83019-United-Church-Of-Christ
Solidarity Grant: https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/83744-United-Church-Of-Christ

Process for Venezuela and Uniting 4 Ukraine

USCIS is offering two specialized processes to host migrants from Venezuela and Ukraine in particular. Please read the following document for more information about how you can host a Venezuelan or Ukrainian family: Venezuela sponsorship request 2022.pdf

UCC Refugee & Migration Services will be offering a webinar series on these new specialized processes, why they evolved, and why they’re resulting in a flood of heartbreaking e mails from migrants around the world in your local church inbox. Register for “Migrant Sponsorship: Responding to the Heartbreaking E-Mails” on Wednesdays 3pm ET in January 2023 here: https://UCC.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEpduihpjsoHtxjRaVSXfg-2FQgr8WNh6_r

Featured Education and Advocacy Resources

Use the following multimedia resources to introduce refugee and asylum seeker education and advocacy
opportunities in your church.

Opportunities for Churches to Support Families in Need

Refugee Ministries

Ecumenical and interfaith relationships mean that long-term partners are already engaged in both the worlds’ most well known and most invisible refugee crises


Asylum Seeker Ministries

We support asylum seekers because of and through the lens of faith. Worship, ritual and theological articulation are central to why and how the UCC supports people seeking asylum.

Refugee Emergency Updates

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Ways to Donate

With your donation, we can support local communities that
welcome people fleeing the effects of war, violence,
persecution and political disruption – whether those people
are displaced within their country of origin or across a border
into a neighboring country. This helps strengthen a delicate
social balance for the well-being of all. Please explore ways to
give below.

UCC Refugee Emergency Fund
One Great Hour of Sharing Campaign
Emergency USA Fund
International Emergency Relief Fund

More about Refugee and Migration Ministries

Around the world, the UCC supports local communities that welcome people fleeing the effects of war, violence,
persecution and political disruption – whether those people are displaced within their country of origin or across a
border into a neighboring country. This helps strengthen a delicate social balance for the well-being of all.

The United Church of Christ offers many opportunities to
accompany refugees, including:
• Hosting refugee families
in partnership with refugee resettlement offices across the United States.
• Financial support through One Great Hour of Sharing for
service to refugees, asylum seekers and asylees in the United
States and worldwide.
• Serving as UCC Partners in Service volunteers with refugee
resettlement agencies and United States’ partner
organizations serving asylum seekers.

As Global Ministries (Disciples//UCC), serving as volunteers
and Global Mission Interns with partner churches and
organizations serving refugees internationally.
• Joining our Washington, D.C., public policy team in support
of the Gospel call to “welcome the stranger” (Matthew
25:35).
• Getting involved with our asylum accompaniment network to host asylum families.
• Giving financial and organizational support of specific
refugee emergencies around the world.

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Questions?

Please contact Irene W. Hassan (hassani@ucc.org), Minister for Refugee and Migration Services, for more information.