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

‘Food for Thought’ Program Helps Build Community Between Refugees and United Methodists in Tucson
Support from an UMCOR refugee ministry grant helps make the program possible.
Families gather at the North Hills United Methodist Mission Church in the San Fernando Valley for an immigration legal help clinic. Photo: David Farley
“You Are Not Alone” Helps Churches Connect with Migrant Children
An UMCOR-supported program helps operate healing camps and retreat programs for migrant children.
UMCOR works with survivors of trafficking in Armenia, providing rehabilitation and reintegration services.
A Hand that Helps UMCOR Armenia
UMCOR works with survivors of trafficking in Armenia, providing rehabilitation and reintegration services.
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 ...