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  • Updates
  • September 6, 2023

Exciting Update: Meet CSH’s Executive Leadership Team!

  • News
  • July 11, 2023

Minnesota’s future: State’s welcoming tradition still unites us

Minnesota has a legacy of welcoming refugees. And true to that tradition, Minnesotans were the first to welcome refugee families under the new national Welcome Corps program.

I'm not surprised that Minnesota is leading the way nationally in welcoming refugees, and you shouldn't be either. But what may surprise is that these debut groups of welcomers aren't from the Twin Cities.

Last month, on World Refugee Day, two groups of private sponsors in Worthington and Moorhead welcomed the first refugees to arrive in the United States through the Welcome Corps. They were a three-generation Congolese family and a single individual from Ethiopia. After months of preparation, groups of volunteers arrived at the nearest major airport — one in Sioux Falls and the other in Fargo — to provide a warm welcome and a ride to the refugees' first homes in the United States.

  • News
  • July 4, 2023

A Refugee’s Reflection: Embracing Freedom, Hope and the Power of Welcome

As a refugee who sought sanctuary and a fresh start in the United States, I find myself reflecting on the significance of the Fourth of July. This day holds a profound meaning for me and countless others who have experienced displacement, war or the relentless pursuit of freedom. As I join in the celebrations, I embrace the day's spirit with a deep sense of gratitude and renewed hope for the future.

  • News
  • June 22, 2023

New Milestone in America’s tradition of welcome: Welcome Corps sponsors welcome refugees in Minnesota

  • News
  • June 20, 2023

The Welcome Corps offers community approach to refugee resettlement

Following is a statement by Annie Nolte-Henning, interim executive director of the Community Sponsorship Hub.

  • Updates
  • June 7, 2023

Open Call for Advisory Board Members

The Community Sponsorship Hub (CSH) is excited to announce an open call for applications to its Advisory Board. We have an established board of five (5) activists, academics, philanthropists, and thought leaders, and are seeking an additional three (3) advisors to join this highly collaborative, committed, and forward-thinking group focused on innovating and safeguarding refugee protection and welcome through community sponsorship. Of special interest are advisors with expertise in communications and macro- and micro-fundraising. 

  • News
  • January 19, 2023

Community Sponsorship Hub celebrates the Welcome Corps, new private sponsorship program launched by U.S. Department of State

  • News
  • December 2, 2022

Private sponsorship pilot program for refugees in the works

  • News
  • November 30, 2022

New U.S. Refugee Sponsorship Program Is a Game Changer, Says Sarah Krause

To understand the potential of [a private sponsorship of refugees pilot program] and the role that everyday American citizens can play in guaranteeing its success, WENR sat down with Sarah Krause, the executive director and co-founder of the Community Sponsorship Hub, which was established in 2021 to grow the role of local communities in the protection and welcome of forcibly displaced people. Shortly thereafter, as families were evacuated from Afghanistan in search of safety, CSH led a coalition of partners to rapidly design and implement the Sponsor Circle Program (SCP) for Afghans.

  • Updates
  • November 29, 2022

Introducing the Sponsor Fund: A new resource for Sponsor Circles

There are so many ways to make a difference in the lives of newcomers. The Sponsor Fund enables community members to welcome more newcomers as they recover and regain their futures.