May 17, 2019



Lauren Carl

(703) 388-6734


As the U.S. government reduces the number of refugees admitted into the U.S., resettlement agencies, including World Relief, are forced to make difficult decisions regarding staffing and capacity, even in areas where the need for services for refugees and immigrants is increasing. Given this decline, World Relief Memphis regrets to announce additional cuts to its staff this week.

Since January 2017, World Relief Memphis has reduced its staff by 31%, including the two most recent layoffs this week on the direct services and church and community mobilization teams. These cuts do not reflect Memphis’ need for the services that these roles offered or World Relief’s commitment to serving the vulnerable and empowering the local church in this community. In fact, since 2017, the number of refugees and immigrants served by World Relief Memphis has increased 167% to about 800 people in 2019. Rather, these reductions reflect the decreased funds provided through the public-private partnership with the State Department and local private funding. These changes do not affect other World Relief locations in the U.S. nor the work continuing around the world.

World Relief is incredibly grateful for the support and partnership we have been blessed with in the Memphis community, and prayerfully encourage community members to consider giving their time and resources to help World Relief support the newest members of the Memphis area. For more information about the ongoing ministries available at World Relief Memphis, visit



About World Relief:


World Relief is a global Christian humanitarian organization that seeks to overcome violence, poverty and injustice. Through service and action, we bring hope, healing and restoration to millions of the world’s most vulnerable women, men and children through vital and sustainable programs in disaster response, health and child development, economic development and peacebuilding, as well as refugee and immigration services in the U.S. For 75 years, we’ve partnered with churches and communities, currently across more than 20 countries, to provide relief from suffering and help people rebuild their lives.  World Relief opened the Memphis office in 2012 and has since served over 3,000 immigrants and refugees in the city.


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