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REFUGEES NEED YOUR SUPPORT

Bethany Christian Services has been serving refugees in the United States for 42 years. Amidst the current refugee crisis, Bethany's call is to continue its work bringing and keeping families together. And though it is the Department of State that brings refugees to the U.S. after a lengthy (typically 2+ years) vetting process, Bethany partners with other non-profit organizations such as Church World Service and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services to provide refugee services once they arrive. These services include: 

  • Employment services
  • Housing assistance
  • Cultural education
  • Refugee foster care
  • Medical management
  • Much more

Four Ways You Can Help

  1. DONATE to Bethany Christian Services' Refugee Adult & Family program and the Refugee Foster Care program. These programs will provide refugees with the services listed above and support unaccompanied refugee children in the U.S. 
  2. BECOME a refugee foster parent and care for children who have lost everything. 
  3. ADVOCATE for Refugees with your state and U.S. Senators and Representatives by calling their offices, writing letters, etc.
  4. INFORM AND EDUCATE your community using the facts and infographics provided by Bethany.

Bethany's Statement on Executive Order Halting Refugee Resettlement

The safety and well-being of children and families is Bethany Christian Services’ primary concern. Given our long-standing commitment to welcoming refugee and immigrant families, in partnership with local churches and community agencies, Bethany Christian Services is deeply saddened to hear of President Trump’s executive order to temporarily halt refugee resettlement, to significantly reduce the numbers of refugees resettled in the United States and to exclude from resettlement refugees coming from some of the most war torn countries in the world. Each year, thousands of families arrive in the U.S. as refugees or immigrants – some are children who arrive as unaccompanied minors, having been separated from their families overseas as they fled violence or disaster. Providing protection to those seeking safety is one of our nation’s proudest and longest standing traditions. The need for resettlement remains great and Bethany is committed to working with government officials at all levels to ensure that this tradition of welcoming refugees and immigrant families and helping them adjust to life in the U.S. continues. While we understand and appreciate the President’s commitment to our country’s safety, the vetting process for refugees is rigorous. Historically, all refugees coming to the U.S. are vetted first through the United Nations and then through U.S. authorities, including the National Counterterrorism Center, the Terrorist Screening Center, the Department of Defense, the FBI, and the Department of Homeland Security. Additionally, this screening process can take up to two years. Our hope is that this ban is indeed only temporary so that the millions of refugees currently fighting for their lives can once again rely on the caring and compassion that has made the United States the greatest country in the world.

 Read Bethany Christian Service's Board Letter to President Trump Regarding the Immigrant Travel Ban »

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THE REFUGEE VETTING PROCESS


View the two-year refugee vetting process before a refugee can enter the United States.


WHERE YOUR SUPPORT FOR REFUGEES GOES

where you help for refugee resettlement goes