With the help of local churches and volunteers, the Church World Service (CWS) immigration and refugee office in Lancaster welcomes around 400 individuals each year to central Pennsylvania and aims to help the new arrivals adjust, become successful members of their local neighborhoods. CWS of Lancaster serves the refugee and immigrant communities of central Pennsylvania. Through hard work and a long-term commitment of support, people who once had no hope are discovering the means of transforming their lives.
Integration Services for New Americans is a “one-stop shop of services” at the Refugee Center at Reynolds Middle School in Lancaster. There, it provides education, health and financial services for immigrants, refugees and all School District of Lancaster residents. These services are a much-needed addition to the federally-mandated 90 days of cultural orientation upon arrival in the U.S., expanding and enhancing support of our community’s newest members.