Frequently Asked Questions
How are the refugees screened?
Church World Service ensures that all refugees have been thoroughly vetted and screened in accordance with all government regulations. In fact, refugees are subject to the highest level of security checks of any category of traveler. This process can take up to three years.
See how the process works:
What is Church World Service?
Church World Service (CWS) was born in 1946, in the aftermath of World War II. Seventeen denominations came together to form an agency “to do in partnership what none of us could hope to do as well alone.” The mission: Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, heal the sick, comfort the aged, shelter the homeless. CWS has a commitment to serve the most vulnerable in our world today. From its earliest beginnings, CWS focused on providing assistance and resettlement services to those displaced by violence and discrimination.
Who makes up RAMP?
RAMP is composed of volunteers who come from Morris County area churches, synagogues and mosques. Anyone is welcome to join. (See Contact Us section). Regular meetings are held at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 70 Maple Ave., Morristown.
Who does RAMP help?
We are focused on assisting families from Middle Eastern countries, e.g., Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, who are now living in refugee camps.
Where will these families be located in New Jersey?
They will be located in cities and towns of Morris county.
How long will RAMP help them?
We will provide services for approximately six months. Our objective is to offer these families comprehensive services initially, and then transition them to self-sufficiency.
Are donations to RAMP tax deductible?
Yes. RAMP is associated with the Community Foundation of New Jersey, a 501 (c)3 organization.
How will the donated funds be used?
Money will be used to help with housing (rental and security), household items, medical needs, food, transportation, etc. RAMP donations will be used to supplement funds provided by CWS and government agencies.
Are there refugees coming to New Jersey this year?
Yes. So far this year, 275 have come from Syria, 18 from Iraq, and 53 from Afghanistan. (The Star-Ledger, June 28, 2016)