The Greater Boston Refugee Ministry offers its first training through the Emmanuel Gospel Center.
A small team emerges with a vision to reach the refugees of Worcester.
From a diversity of backgrounds we come together with one thing in common: a burden for refugees.
The core group begins meeting regularly.
God gives us the opportunity to learn more by attending resettlement agency meetings.
We consider how to address the overwhelming needs in the Worcester area by coming alongside those already serving refugees.
Worcester Alliance for Refugee Ministry is officially born!
Over the first year, we watch the Lord open many opportunities.
We launch our training program, a sewing center, and a drop-in cafe for refugees.
We host a backpack drive, furnish forty apartments, and assist with employment opportunities and driver's education.
We begin to focus our resources to equip individuals and churches to reach out to refugees in their own communities.
Our core group of volunteers can only offer so much, but as mentors, we can mobilize a broader network of volunteers.
We envision enabling churches to start their own self-directed refugee ministries.
We form a board of directors, and begin the process of becoming a 501(c)(3) non-profit.
We receive our 501(c)(3) non-profit status and host our first fundraiser dinner.
We pivoted in the global pandemic of COVID -19 to meet the emotional, spiritual, and physical needs of the refugee community.
We supported the academic and socio- emotional needs of 20 refugee students through the WARM Learning Pod every Friday. In addition, God made a way for us to start four online tutoring opportunities for adult ESL learners and refurbish laptops for online connection opportunities.
WARM expands into western MA!
We begin reaching out to churches and training volunteers to welcome refugees in the Springfield area.
We change our name to
Welcoming Alliance for Refugee Ministry.
We look back with gratitude at how God is using WARM to transform lives and impact our communities in Jesus' name.
Exciting things lie ahead! Will you join us?