Purpose:  World Relief matches newly-arrived refugees with American Host Homes that can assist the family in learning English, adjusting to American culture, and preparing them for self-sufficiency.


  • Host new refugee families in your home for 4-12 days immediately following their arrival at the Akron Canton Airport.
  • Provide meals for the refugee family for 4-12 days, or initiate a plan for others to do so.
  • Begin basic cultural orientation in your home (appliances, cooking, cleaning, etc).
  • Communicate consistently with Volunteer Coordinator (and Case Worker) about refugee needs.

Extra opportunities:

  • Continue Cultural Orientation through short outings such as: grocery store(s), bus rides, post office, library, thrift store, downtown or neighborhood sight-seeing and/or parks.
  • Assist case worker in providing transportation to medical, Social Security, DSHS, Department of Licensing, and Public Health appointments.
  • Facilitate “donation procurement” from your church or neighborhood community, on behalf of refugee family.  Gather/sort basic items for family’s first apartment or Ohio climate. (See www.worldreliefakron.org, under “donations” for sample list, or request more info).


  • Flexibility
  • Willingness to share your home with people of other cultures and religions
  • Passing Federal Background Check
  • If transporting: Ohio State driver’s license, driving record check, and insured vehicle


For more information, or to request an application contact:

Volunteer Coordinator- Christian Benadum: cbenadum@wr.org (234) 334-5190