West Virginia Interfaith Refugee Ministry
West Virginia Interfaith Refugee Ministry (WVIRM) formed in October 2015 when a group of religious leaders representing Christian, Muslim and Jewish congregations joined with other community leaders to bring a greater understanding of the plight of Syrian refugees to their community in Charleston, West Virginia. Their first public gathering was an informal webinar at St. John’s Episcopal Church about refugee resettlement and the refugee vetting process. Over 150 people of all faiths attended and over 100 signed up to volunteer and learn more.
WVIRM is a non-denominational, interfaith affiliate office of Episcopal Migration Ministries. While their office, located in Charleston, WV was preliminarily authorized in December 2016 by the U.S. State Department Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration to possibly resettle approximately 85 refugees per fiscal year beginning in October of 2017, the decision was made by the U.S. State Department in the Summer of 2017 not resettle through this office. WVIRM is currently assisting refugees in ways other than direct resettlement. Instead, they are engaged in projects such as assisting other resettlement agencies, funding a tutor in a refugee camp in Lebanon, helping school libraries to obtain children’s books that promote understanding of refugee children’s lives and other similar projects. Learn more about WVIRM: https://wvirm.com/