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

  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 by contacting your U.S. Senators and Representatives by phone or written letter.
  4. INFORM AND EDUCATE your community using the facts and infographics provided by Bethany.

News Stories about Refugees

Recent Stories

Protestors Demand an End to Trump Policy Separating Migrant Children from their Parents (MSNBC)

Extinguishing the Beacon of America (The Atlantic)

'Children are Being Used as a Tool' in Trump's effort to Stop Border Crossings (Boston Globe)

'It's Horrendous': The Heartache of a Migrant Boy Taken from His Father (New York Times)

'Lost' Migrant Children? Statistics Show the Government is Keeping More of them Far Longer (Washington Post)

'Whatever' Isn't an Option for Immigrant Children (The Hill)

Older Stories

A place to call home: How refugees are rebuilding lives in West Michigan (Rapid Growth)

Syrian mother reunited with her son after courts block travel ban (

Family of refugees reunited after more than 2 years (WoodTV 8)

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.” 

Bethany's Statement on New U.S. Family Separation Policy

On May 7, 2018, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a “zero tolerance” deterrent policy to criminally charge anyone entering the U.S. without documentation. This policy means that children are taken away from their parents, classified as unaccompanied minors, and turned over to the Department of Health and Human Services. Bethany’s mission is to protect and enhance the lives of children and families around the world – keeping families together and bringing families together – because children are best cared for and protected in families. Since it became official U.S. policy to routinely separate children from their parents, hundreds of children have been ripped from their families: 658 kids in the first 13 days of the program alone. No one benefits from creating more orphans – Like Dona Abbott, director of Bethany's refugee and immigrant program, told The Washington Post, “Children should not be used as a deterrent.”

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 President and CEO Chris Palusky's Message on Refugee Resettlement

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


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