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Refugee Resettlement

Organization Name:  Adopt-a-Refugee Program
Organization Overview:  How would you like to wake up one day, and discover a letter on your doorstep threatening to kill you if you don’t leave the place your people have called home for thousands of years? How would you feel about having your business, home, or church bombed? What if your sister was kidnapped, raped, forced into marriage or murdered, all for being Christian? What if you were a part of this modern-day genocide? The turmoil in Iraq & surrounding areas has taken a toll on more than 50,000 families, which are comprised of mostly Christians, including Assyrians, Chaldeans, Syriacs, Armenians, and other ancient and historic cultures dating back thousands of years. These refugees are being singled out, persecuted, kidnapped, raped, and even murdered because of their religious beliefs. They have no where to call home, and are forbidden to work, forcing young women into prostitution starting as young as 9 years old. "There are many ways to help, and 100% of your donations go directly to a family in dire need of help, and hope. There are many ways to help our cause." The Adopt-a-Refugee Family program has been successfully working with the Jesuits to aid these refugees for years. There are many ways to help, and 100% of your donations go directly to a family in dire need of help, and hope. There are many ways to help our cause. WHO WE HELP Reduced to the status of “refugee”, these displaced persons are prohibited from working, going to school, worshipping… and are prevented from living their normal lives. Not only have they lost their homes, their jobs, and their livelihoods, but their food, water and other basic necessities have become exceedingly scarce. Entire families, children, infants, grandmothers… are homeless, hungry and desperate.
Language:  English
Cultures:  All,American,Multicultural,Refugees or Asylees
City/Township:  Other
State:  Mi
Country:  USA
Phone:  (248) 406-2052
Organization Overview:  Refugee Foster Care—A Response to a Growing Need Bethany Christian Services has responded to this need by making it possible for foster parents to help through the Refugee and Immigrant Foster Care program. You can show love and compassion to children who have lost everything and yearn for a new beginning. Bethany is seeking caring and committed foster parents who are willing to open their homes to children in need. Refugee foster families come from a variety of backgrounds and include families with small children, families whose kids are grown, and both one- and two-parent families. Join us as we work with refugee foster families to give children from all over the world a chance at a new life. Long-term goals for refugee children Refugee youth work to heal from past trauma while they pursue goals of learning English, getting an education, and preparing for a future of independence. Types of refugee and immigrant foster care There are various programs based on your interest and level of commitment. Bethany is also looking for families to welcome multiple youth into their home.
Language:  English
Cultures:  Multicultural
Street:  4180 Pier North Blvd Suite A
City/Township:  Flint
State:  MI
Zip Code:  48504
Country:  USA
Phone:  (810) 820-8144
Organization Overview:  Caring for Refugee Youth Who have Lost Everything All across the world, families are being forced to flee their homes due to war, natural disasters, or persecution. Often refugee families are split apart between the time they leave their home and when they arrive at a refugee camp. When this happens, family reunification is difficult and children are considered orphans. The only option for these children is to be resettled in other countries as unaccompanied minors. *Refugee foster care is offered in West Michigan and eastern Pennsylvania. Refugee Foster Care—A Response to a Growing Need Bethany Christian Services has responded to this need by making it possible for foster parents to help through the Refugee and Immigrant Foster Care program. You can show love and compassion to children who have lost everything and yearn for a new beginning. Bethany is seeking caring and committed foster parents who are willing to open their homes to children in need. Refugee foster families come from a variety of backgrounds and include families with small children, families whose kids are grown, and both one- and two-parent families. Join us as we work with refugee foster families to give children from all over the world a chance at a new life. Long-term goals for refugee children Refugee youth work to heal from past trauma while they pursue goals of learning English, getting an education, and preparing for a future of independence. Types of refugee and immigrant foster care There are various programs based on your interest and level of commitment. Bethany is also looking for families to welcome multiple youth into their home. We support refugee and immigrant foster parents You will be assigned a Bethany caseworker to provide ongoing support and services. Bethany will also provide specialized training on parenting youth from other cultures and you can be matched with experienced foster parents who will act as mentors. In addition, you will receive a daily stipend to cover the costs of an additional family member, as well as medical insurance for the youth. A refugee foster parent's role Provide a safe and supportive home environment Offer emotional support while managing the youth’s behavior Provide transportation for education, medical appointments, and extracurricular activities Be willing to learn about the youth’s culture and incorporate it in your home Provide opportunities for youth to establish a meaningful, lifelong relationships Assist the youth in planning for their future
Language:  English
Cultures:  Multicultural
Street:  30685 Barrington St. Suite 140
City/Township:  Madison Heights
State:  MI
Zip Code:  48071
Country:  USA
Phone:  (248) 414-4080
Organization Overview:  Welcome to the Bhutanese Association of Michigan. We are a community organization committed to supporting the needs of our young and growing community in the state of Michigan. The Bhutanese Association of Michigan was created to form an independent, viable and innovative organization to address the immediate needs of the Bhutanese communities in the state. We are committed to addressing and serving the needs of the community members. These include adult literacy and citizenship classes, cultural events and legal and mental health support for the community. Much of our work has been on a one-on-one basis, such as translation and assistance in filling out paperwork. Currently we are looking for a space that will allow us to better address the needs of the community, such as ESL and citizenship classes, and a gathering space for group events.
Language:  Bhutanese
Cultures:  Bhutanese
City/Township:  Grand Rapids
State:  MI
Country:  USA
Phone:  (616) 965-5060
Organization Overview:  This program provides assistance to people coming to the United States under refugee status as granted by the U.S. Department of State, as well as assistance to individuals who seek asylum once they are already in this country (known as asylees). Catholic Charities works in cooperation with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to provide these services, which help new residents adjust to life in the community. Services include pre-arrival processing, arrival services, assistance with housing, referrals for medical care, acculturation, referrals for ESL (English-as-a-second-language) classes, school enrollment for the children, and other educational services as needed.
Language:  Burmese,English,Spanish
Cultures:  Burmese,Refugees or Asylees
Street:  1817 Miami Street
City/Township:  South Bend
State:  IN
Zip Code:  46613
Country:  USA
Phone:  (574) 234-3111
Fax No:  (574) 289-1034
Organization Overview:  Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan (CCSEM) assists, empowers and strengthens individuals and families through quality programs and services based on respect for life, individual responsibility, and human dignity, consistent with Catholic Social Teachings. Within CCSEM, The Office of Immigration and Refugee Services' (OIRS) mission is threefold: To welcome immigrants and refugees home; support their transition to US Citizenship and; to maximize their potential for self-sufficiency and success. The OIRS is the Detroit site leader for the nationally renowned "New Americans Campaign (NAC)", a national network of immigration practitioners, communities, schools, faith-based organizations and other organizations that collaborate to facilitate US Citizenship and integration. CCSEM OIRS also provides in-house immigration legal services.
Language:  Arabic,Chaldean,English,French,Spanish
Cultures:  Arabic,Chaldean,Hispanic,Iraqi,Refugees or Asylees
Street:  15945 Canal Rd.
City/Township:  Clinton Township
State:  MI
Zip Code:  48038
Country:  USA
Phone:  (586) 416-1113
Fax No:  (586) 412-8084
Organization Overview:  OUR MISSION We are Chaldean American women energized by working together and with others to provide help and hope to those in need. We strive to preserve our heritage and enrich the community through awareness and advocacy, education and advice, and emotional and economic support. OUR VISION Our vision is to strengthen and preserve the Chaldean family by ensuring that all generations have access to necessary resources and services. CALC has many volunteers that spend a substantial amount of time helping others and trying to raise funds and awareness of our mission. If you’d like to volunteer your time with the CALC,click here to fill out a volunteer information form. We appreciate your help!
Language:  Arabic,Assyrian,Chaldean,English
Cultures:  All,American,Arabic,Chaldean,Iraqi,Multicultural
Street:  2033 Austin Dr.
City/Township:  Troy
State:  MI
Zip Code:  48083
Country:  USA
Phone:  (248) 528-0130
Fax No:  (248) 528-0194
Organization Overview:  The Chaldean Community Foundation, the not-for-profit arm of the Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce, is dedicated to advancing the needs of the Chaldean American community and the communities in which they live and work through education, charitable giving and advocacy.
Language:  Arabic,Assyrian,Chaldean
Cultures:  Arabic,Assyrian,Chaldean,Iraqi
Street:  29850 Northwestern Highway
City/Township:  Southfield
State:  MI
Zip Code:  48034
Country:  USA
Phone:  (248) 996-8340
Fax No:  (248) 996-8342
Organization Overview:  The Chaldean Community Foundation, the not-for-profit arm of the Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce, is dedicated to advancing the needs of the Chaldean American community and the communities in which they live and work through education, charitable giving and advocacy.
Language:  Assyrian,Chaldean,English
Cultures:  Assyrian,Chaldean,Iraqi
Street:   3601 15 Mile Rd
City/Township:  Sterling Heights
State:  MI
Zip Code:  48310
Country:  USA
Phone:  (586) 722-7253
Fax No:  586) 722-7257
Organization Name:  Chaldean Federation of America
Organization Overview:  We, do hereby the establishment of a community based charitable, educational, and humanitarian relief organization. The Chaldean Federation of America (CFA) is a Grass Roots Community Non-profit Umbrella Organization.
Language:  Arabic,Assyrian,Chaldean,English
Cultures:  Assyrian,Chaldean,Iraqi
Street:  29850 Northwestern Highway
City/Township:  Southfield
State:  MI
Zip Code:  48034
Country:  USA
Phone:  (248) 996-8384
Fax No:  (248) 996-8342
Organization Name:  Freedom House
Organization Overview:  Freedom House is a temporary home for survivors of persecution from around the world seeking legal asylum in the United States and Canada. We are the only agency in the United States that provides all services needed by those fleeing persecution in their home country Each year, hundreds of men, women and children arrive at Freedom House seeking shelter and help in rebuilding their lives in safety and freedom. They typically arrive exhausted, hungry and traumatized, with little more than the clothes they are wearing. Freedom House has the capacity to house 35 people at a time as they seek asylum. However, we take great pride in not turning away anyone who is eligible for asylum, which means we nearly always operate above capacity.
Language:  English,French,Spanish
Cultures:  All
Street:  2630 W. Lafayette
City/Township:  Detroit
State:  MI
Zip Code:  48216
Country:  USA
Phone:  (313) 964-4320
Fax No:  (313) 963-1077
Organization Overview:  Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County is a private non-profit social services agency serving the greater Ann Arbor community since 1993. Originally established by the Jewish Federation of Washtenaw County to assist the growing number of refugee families in Ann Arbor from the former Soviet Republics, JFS has since grown into an organization providing programs and services ranging from older adult caregiving to immigrant resettlement and career services. As an agency in Washtenaw County that serves a diverse, international population, the mission of Jewish Family Services is to create solutions, promote dignity and inspire humanity. JFS offers a variety of international services including citizenship classes, education including ESL classes, and resettlement services.
Language:  English,Russian
Cultures:  Jewish,Russian
Street:  2245 South State St.
City/Township:  Ann Arbor
State:  MI
Zip Code:  48104
Country:  USA
Phone:  (734) 769-0209
Fax No:  (734) 769-0224
Organization Overview:  The Refugee Assistance Program (RAP) is a federal program which helps persons admitted into the U.S. as refugees to become self sufficient after their arrival. Temporary RAP cash assistance and medical aid is available to eligible refugees who do not qualify for the Family Independence Program cash assistance (TANF) or Medicaid for up to eight months after their entry into the U.S. Employment services, health screenings and foster care services for unaccompanied minors are other DHS services available to refugees
Language:  English
Cultures:  Other
Street:  535 Grand Ave. #501
City/Township:  Lansing
State:  MI
Zip Code:  48909
Country:  USA
Phone:  (517) 241-7819
Organization Name:  Refugee Development Center
Organization Overview:  Mission Statement To provide the education, orientation and support refugees need to become self-sufficient members of society. History The Refugee Development Center (RDC) is a grassroots organization offering formal and informal learning opportunities in an open and inclusive setting. The RDC opened in 2002 because the Greater Lansing community identified service area gaps for newcomer populations seeking self-sufficiency. The common denominator in the gaps identified revolved around education, and hence, the mission of the center was born. Today, the RDC helps serve as the link between newcomer populations and the private, public, and faith-based communities of Ingham County. Services Some of the services the RDC provides include: English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes After school tutoring programs Youth group activities promoting literacy, leadership, and learning School orientations for new arrival families Parent workshops and other opportunities Approximately 300 annual volunteers trained to tutor, mentor and connect with refugees Staff prepared to educate the larger Lansing community regarding refugee issues
Street:  122 S. Pennsylvania Ave.
City/Township:  Lansing
State:  MI
Zip Code:  48912
Country:  USA
Phone:  (517) 253-8025
Fax No:  (517) 482-4719
Organization Overview:  Refugee Services Refugees are people of all ages who are forced from their own countries by war or political unrest and who cannot return for fear of persecution because of their race, ethnicity, religion or political affiliations. Many spend years in refugee camps before they are given permission to enter the United States. They arrive with little more than the clothes they are wearing. Refugees come here seeking protection and a chance to build a new life. They are eager to learn, to work and to become productive contributors to society. As they become settled, they build businesses, create jobs, revitalize neighbourhoods, fuel the economy and strengthen the tax base, enriching their communities. Lutheran Social Services of Michigan has been the Michigan affiliate of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service since the 1950s. In 2002, Lutheran Social Services became the Michigan affiliate of Episcopal Migration Ministries as well. As the largest refugee resettlement agency in the state, Lutheran Social Services has resettled thousands of people from dozens of countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Central and South America.
Language:  Arabic,English
Cultures:  Arabic,Bosnian,Chaldean,Iraqi,Refugees or Asylees,Syrian
Street:  Nussdorfer Center 1545 Keystone
City/Township:  Lansing
State:  MI
Zip Code:  48911
Country:  USA
Phone:  (517) 321-7663