United Methodist Committee on Relief


UMCOR is responding to the needs of refugees through our close partner Church World Service and its network of over 35 refugee resettlement sites across the country.

UMCOR seeks to meet the needs of refugees and build more welcoming communities by facilitating partnerships between newcomers and local United Methodist congregations.

In addition, UMCOR offers a small number of Refugee Ministry Grants to strengthen projects connected to the church that serve immigrants and refugees. Projects must be community based and have a relationship with a local United Methodist church.


Justice For Our Neighbors (NJFON) is a network of legal clinics based in United Methodist churches around the country. NJFON's goal is to provide hospitality and compassion to low-income immigrants through immigration legal services, advocacy, and education. JFON was founded in 1999 as a ministry within UMCOR.

If you or your congregation feels called to refugee ministry, please contact Joya Colon-Berezin, Ecumenical Relations Coordinator for the Church World Service Immigration and Refugee Program at 212-870-3304 or

Refugee News

Border Visit Brings Immigration Crisis into Focus
United Methodists learn the facts about the border crisis in a meeting underwritten by UMCOR and United Methodist Women.
Church Seeks to Meet Needs in Border Crisis
United Methodists are working to ease the crisis due to a sharply increased flow of unaccompanied minors and others from Central America coming into t ...
Extending ‘Hospitality’ in an Unlikely Place
Members of Asbury UMC in Phoenix extend hospitality to people released from nearby immigrant detention facilities.
Learning to Sing the Lord’s Song
A reflection on the migration and immigration of peoples across the world.
Palestinian refugee children in their dilapidated kindergarten at Ein el-Hilweh camp, southern Lebanon, where new rehabilitation work is being funded by UMCOR.
Lebanon: Healing the Hurt Among Refugee Children
UMCOR supports the rehabilitation of two preschools for refugee children residing in Lebanon camps.

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