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.

A Message from President & CEO Chris Palusky on Refugee Resettlement

Having been at Bethany Christian Services for just two weeks, I already feel honored to work with a Christian organization that helps refugees, or as Jesus described them in Matthew 25:40, “the least of these.” I have seen that Bethany is committed to welcoming refugee and immigrant families, in partnership with local churches and community agencies. Bethany is blessed to be able to offer hope and support to the thousands of refugees who have fled their homes from some of the most desperate war zones around the world. In my short time serving as Bethany’s president and CEO, I have learned about the wonderful work we do for those in need and am proud to work with a team of dedicated professionals committed to serving families—many of whom are women and children—and offer them solace and a place to rest without fear.

Statement on 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 the Supreme Court’s current decision to allow the President’s travel ban to take effect as it takes the hope of safety and a future from thousands of refugees, the majority of which are women and children, coming from some of the most war torn countries in the world.  

Bethany’s Christian faith calls us to care for the widow, the orphan and those seeking refuge and our concern remains for the families and children impacted. We support Immigration reform that strengthens families, not puts innocent lives in peril, so we remain hopeful that this will only be a temporary measure. Family preservation and reunification is at the core of our heart and our mission and we will advocate for those who desperately need it. Learn more about Bethany’s refugee and immigrant services and how you can make a difference.

 Read Bethany Christian Services' Board Letter to President Trump Expressing Support for Refugees »


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