Helping refugees find the services they need.

Refugee Outreach Assistance and Referral (ROAR):

Bethany’s ROAR program is for low-income refugees or asylees living in Kent, Ottawa, Allegan, or Kalamazoo Counties in Michigan. We seek to ease refugees’ transition to a new life in West Michigan.

You qualify to use ROAR’s services if you are any of the following*:

  • Refugee
  • Asylee
  • Paroled as a refugee or asylee
  • Former refugee or asylee admitted for permanent resident status
  • Conditional entrant
  • Amerasian immigrant

If you qualify, there is no cost to you when you use ROAR’s services. The ROAR program is funded by the State of Michigan.

*You will need proof of your immigration status.

Contact information:

Refugee Outreach Assistance and Referral

901 Eastern Ave. NE

PO Box 294

Grand Rapids, MI 49501

T: 616.224.7540 Ask for the ROAR program.

F: 616.254.7750

Business Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.



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What services does ROAR provide?

ROAR reaches out to refugees in many ways:

  • Giving you information in your native language about low-income services and programs
  • Helping you apply for services
  • Translating for you if your English is limited
  • Providing transportation to appointments and teaching you about public transportation
  • Making referrals to other services in the community
  • Helping you get the most benefit from the services you receive

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