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Mon, Feb 05


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Circle of Welcome Info Session

Learn more about Circle of Welcome, and how you can get involved as a community sponsor.

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Circle of Welcome Info Session
Circle of Welcome Info Session

Time & Location

Feb 05, 2024, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

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About the event

Learn more about Circle of Welcome, and how you can get involved as a community sponsor. 

ZOOM LINK: This info session is online, and can be accessed using the following link:

Here's a list common questions about the program:

  1. What is Circle of Welcome? Circle of Welcome is a co-sponsorship program initiated by Lutheran Social Services, inviting the community to actively participate in welcoming newcomers. You can learn more here:  
  2. What does Co-Sponsorship entail? Co-Sponsorship involves a special relationship between a local resettlement agency, a community group, and a refugee family. 
  3. How long does the Co-Sponsorship program last? Co-Sponsors commit to supporting a refugee family for six months in the U.S. 
  4. What is the role of Co-Sponsors? Co-Sponsors serve as community guides and friends, walking alongside the refugee family during their initial months in the U.S. 
  5. How can I get involved in the Co-Sponsorship program? To get involved, you can send an email to Community Sponsorship Coordinator, Clara James, at to get started.  
  6. What support do Co-Sponsors provide to refugee families? Co-Sponsors offer various forms of support, including guidance on navigating the community, friendship, and assistance in adapting to their new environment. 
  7. Is there any specific training required to become a Co-Sponsor? Training may be provided by the local resettlement agency or Lutheran Social Services to equip Co-Sponsors with the necessary skills and knowledge. 
  8. Can any community group participate in Co-Sponsorship? Most community groups are welcome to participate, and interested groups can reach out to for more information. 
  9. What benefits do refugee families gain from the Co-Sponsorship program? Refugee families benefit from the support and friendship provided by Co-Sponsors, helping them integrate into the community more smoothly. 
  10. Are there any financial obligations for Co-Sponsors? While specifics may vary, Co-Sponsors may be involved in assisting with the initial settlement needs of the refugee family, such as housing and basic necessities. 
  11. Can individuals participate in Co-Sponsorship, or is it limited to groups? Both individuals and community groups can participate in the Co-Sponsorship program. 
  12. How do Co-Sponsors contribute to community integration for refugee families? Co-Sponsors play a crucial role in helping refugee families feel welcome, connected, and integrated into their new community. 

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