Steve serves as the Office Director, providing the overall vision, guidance, and management to the Upstate office of World Relief. Together with congregations, businesses, and local governments, we are creating a compassionate network in the Upstate that welcomes the foreign-born into our communities, breaking bread with them, growing together in faith with them, and building a stronger community. As we, through our support and connections, integrate these New Americans into our communities, our communities become stronger through the strength, character, and culture of refugee families. As the Office Director, Steve collaborates with churches, community leaders, and other parts of our community to develop a greater mission and infrastructure to connect volunteers and community resources to the welcoming and integration of refugees in the Upstate of South Carolina
Over 68 million people around the world have been forced to leave their homes. It takes a strong sense of courage and resilience to leave a country and start over in a new place that was never originally meant to be home. As Program Manager, Misty works hand in hand with staff members to ensure clients are receiving the support they need as they begin to rebuild their lives here in the Upstate . Misty grew up in Spartanburg, South Carolina and believes the South is the best place to be! She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration/Nonprofit Management.
True integration for refugees into their local community involves securing employment and the ability to provide financially for themselves. As the Employment Specialist, Corrie connects refugees to job training and employment, as well as developing relationships with companies who employ refugees. Many local employers have found refugees to have a strong work ethic and to be a reliable source of workers. If you are looking for reliable, committed employees and would like to employ a refugee, contact Corrie today!
Refugee School Impact Coordinator
According to a 2016 UNHCR report, half of refugee children are not attending school while living in a protracted situation. Once they arrive in the Upstate, it is the School Impact Coordinator’s job to make sure any school age children are enrolled as soon as possible. Most people are aware of how important an educated population is to a society. For refugee children, going to school also provides stability, routine, and the opportunity to make friends and learn English in an immersive way. Brandi helps new families to the Upstate learn how the American school system works so they can be the support all children need while in school. The School Impact Coordinator additionally acts as a liaison to schools so they have more agency to provide an appropriate learning environment for this unique population. With a degree in Deaf Education from Converse College and 12 years working as a teacher in special education, Brandi knows the school system well and has experience advocating for students in vulnerable situations.
Refugees coming into America often don’t speak the language and are incredibly disoriented upon entering the country. As a resettlement specialist, Jacob engages with the refugee’s for the first 90 days that they are in the country, applying for benefits, scheduling doctor’s appointments and answering the many questions that they have. Jacob grew up as a missionary kid in Germany. He graduated in 2017 with a degree in linguistics from North Greenville University. He has experience working with refugees in Germany and is excited to continue to learn and grow in his current position at World Relief.