About Us

CWS (Church World Service) Poughkeepsie is a refugee resettlement office serving the Mid-Hudson Valley of New York. Our office is in the city of Poughkeepsie, and we work with faith-based organizations, volunteers, and community partners in the area who are interested in lending support to welcoming refugees to safety in the United States. CWS Poughkeepsie is the newest and smallest of CWS’s 34 affiliate offices in 21 states (including four in New York State).

CWS provides services to newly arrived refugees and immigrants, helping them to integrate into local communities, find jobs and learn the necessary skills to support their new life in the United States. Through our refugee resettlement program, CWS provides comprehensive case management, basic needs support, cultural orientation, health access assistance and employment services aimed at empowering newly-arrived refugees to build a foundation for long-term self-sufficiency and success in the United States.

About Refugee Resettlement

Available to a very small portion (fewer than 1%) of the most vulnerable refugees, resettlement provides safe haven in a third country when no other options for safety are available. Resettlement, the last of the three “durable solutions” for refugees, is only considered when refugees are neither able to return home nor be integrated into the country to which they fled. Resettlement to the U.S. is available only for those who demonstrate the greatest and most immediate need for protection and takes place after eligible refugees undergo a rigorous selection, security vetting and medical screening process.

About Poughkeepsie and the Mid-Hudson Valley

Located in the Hudson River Valley, halfway between New York City and the state capitol in Albany, Poughkeepsie is home to over 75,000 residents. The region boasts a diverse economic landscape, opportunity for employment, education and innovative partnerships, making this welcoming community an ideal location for refugees to start anew.

Contact Us

Mailing Address:

CWS Poughkeepsie
Attn: Roisin Ford
475 Riverside Drive, Suite 700
New York, NY 10115


CWS’ History in Poughkeepsie

Each year, 55 local congregations participate in the Dutchess Interfaith CROP Hunger Walk, an annual, volunteer-driven event. Since 1995 alone, more than 9,000 people have supported the Walk and raised $264,634 to support the following local agencies:

Beulah Baptist Church Soup Kitchen – Provides meals to the hungry and operates a food pantry.

Dutchess County Community Action – Partners with individuals and families to eliminate poverty and identify the resources and opportunities available to them to enhance their self-reliance.

Dutchess Outreach, Inc. – Dutchess Outreach acts as a catalyst for community revitalization and exists in Dutchess County as an advocate and provider of hunger and relief services in order to ensure that everyone, regardless of income, has access to fresh, healthy food, and the support they need.

Fishkill Food Pantry – To assist individuals and families in the Southern Dutchess area who are coping with financial emergencies by supplying basic food needs. The people served are referred by social service agencies, churches, schools and family advocates.

Church World Service is a faith-based organization transforming communities around the globe through just and sustainable responses to hunger, poverty, displacement and disaster.

Church World Service, Inc., is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code.

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