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
Four Ways You Can Help
- 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.
- BECOME a refugee foster parent and care for children who have lost everything.
- ADVOCATE for refugees by contacting your U.S. Senators and Representatives by phone or written letter.
- INFORM AND EDUCATE your community using the facts and infographics provided by Bethany.
News Stories about Refugees
Extinguishing the Beacon of America (The Atlantic)
Bethany’s Statement on the Attorney General Citing Scripture to Justify the Separation of Families
Given our long-standing commitment to welcoming refugee and immigrant families, in partnership with local churches and community agencies, Bethany Christian Services continues to be deeply troubled and concerned at the administration’s “zero tolerance” deterrent policy of separating children from their parents. Such policies create unnecessary trauma on the most vulnerable and most certainly will have devastating long-term effects. Recent scriptural justifications of such policies are insensitive. The separation of children from their parents and families is wrong.
As Christians the family is a fundamental building block of the kingdom and at Bethany we are committed to helping the least of these as our faith commands and the least of these are children and families fleeing unspeakable violence and terror. Separating children from their parents as a deterrent is simply cruel. As Christians, we are committed to having mercy on those who seek refuge. Our Christian faith compels us to aid vulnerable strangers. Jesus made this abundantly clear when he instructed his followers to “Love your neighbor as yourself.”