Our History



WVIRM formed in October 2015 when a number of religious leaders representing Christian, Muslim and Jewish congregations joined with other community leaders to work together to bring greater understanding of the plight of the Syrian refugees to West Virginians and their leaders.

October 2015: WVIRM held an informational webinar at St. John’s Episcopal Church regarding the refugee vetting and resettlement process. Over 150 people of all faiths attended and over 100 signed up to volunteer and learn more.

November 2015: Sent a letter, signed by over 100 people of many faiths, urging elected officials to allow resettlement of properly vetted Syrians and other refugees in WV.

December 4, 2015: A meeting with political leaders was held at St. John’s Episcopal Church to discuss refugee issues. Senators Joe Manchin and Shelly Moore Capito, representatives from the offices of Congressman Alex Mooney and Evan Jenkins, as well as Dr. Carolyn Stuart, from the Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs and a representative from City of Charleston Mayor’s office attended, among others.

March 2018: WVIRM organized as a voluntary association exclusively for charitable, religious, scientific and educational purposes, under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.