Refugee Resettlement

Globally, World Relief operates as the compassionate service arm of the National Association of Evangelicals. As such, it works with the local church to stand for the vulnerable.  In the United States, World Relief functions as one of  nine voluntary agencies contracted by the Department of State to resettle refugees.

World Relief Nashville opened its doors in 1987. For the first three years that the Nashville office was in operation, several part-time staff resettled approximately 50 refugees per year. In 1990 the number of resettlements doubled.  After hiring a full time director in 1991, the office began resettling larger numbers. Currently the Nashville office averages 500-600 refugees a year.

World Relief Nashville has a track record of successful administration of various grant programs of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR):

  • 1987-Present: Reception and Placement Grant by PRM
  • 1996-Present: Match Grant Program funded by ORR serves 150-200 participants annually
  • 1991: Employment Grant funded internally by World Relief
  • November 1991-February 1999: Unanticipated Arrivals Grant from ORR
  • November 1998-June 1999: Job Upgrade Grant from the State of Tennessee
  • September 1998 – September 2006: Preferred Communities Grant by ORR. Every 2 year periods on and off.
  • January 1999: Micro Enterprise Development by ORR (World Relief Economic Advancement Program – WREAP). 116 Refugees Served
  • October 2000-2002: Refugee IDA Grant by ORR for 5 years. 117 refugees served
  • October 2007-Present: Refugee Social Services and Refugee Cash and Medical Assistance by the Tennessee Office for Refugee (TOR) through ORR. 200-300 refugees served annually.
  • October 2011-Present: Targeted Assistance Program for Professional Recertification (Refugee Employment And Certification Help -REACH ) by ORR through TOR
  • October 2011-Present: Preventive Health Grant by ORR through TOR.
  • October 2012-present: Preferred Communities Grant was awarded to the Nashville office.

Over the past few years, World Relief has experienced a rapid expansion of its programs in Tennessee as its capacity to implement and manage new programs and to recruit and work with the refugee population has grown.


Want to Learn More?
Ryan Hudson, Reception and Placement Manager
615.833.7735, ext. 219 | RHudson@wr.org