"We have the gift of people coming from all over the world to Lancaster. We have so much to learn from them and to experience God through their lives and experience. Many if not most of these people come to us out of crises in their countries and have experience significant trauma. Our lives will be changed by learning to know them and their stories." - Local Welcome Team Member


Community partners can play an incredibly important role in empowering refugees as they adjust to the new environment of Lancaster by forming Welcome Teams.

Welcome Teams are comprised of 4 to 20 members of a group who work closely with CWS to welcome a newly arrived individual or family.

Welcome Teams work collaboratively with CWS staff, and receive communication and support from the Congregational Resource Developer.

Click Here to see three ways to partner with arriving families.

Welcome Cards

Blessing Baskets

Resources to create a Team:
Welcome Team Timeline
Welcome Teams Overview

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