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Refugee & Immigrant Youth Mentoring

Jul 13, 2015

Many children and teens need someone to look up to and provide positive guidance in their lives. This rings especially true for two groups of youth: those in refugee and immigrant foster care and those aging out of foster care, many of whom need help obtaining practical skills as they work toward a …

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Youth Build Grand Rapids

Apr 13, 2015

In 1978 in East Harlem, NY, community leader Dorothy Stoneman began the first YouthBuild USA program. This program would then grow to be a global program that engages over 200 million working-poor youth in 45 states, Washington D.C., and the Virgin Islands. In 2011, Bethany Christian Services …

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New Child Care Grant Empowers Refugee Women

Dec 09, 2014

One large barrier for job-seeking refugees in the United States is the lack of affordable, culturally-appropriate child care. Bethany’s new Child Care Microenterprise Project seeks to fill that gap, while also empowering women to run their own small business as home-based child care providers and …

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Giving Thanks for Our Refugee Heritage

Nov 25, 2014

Almost 400 years ago, a group of European religious refugees sat around a table and thanked God for their first harvest in the "New World." These refugees, or "Pilgrims," had been persecuted in England for practicing their Protestant faith. They faced a dangerous ocean journey and a treacherous new …

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Off Campus, Into Community

Nov 11, 2014

Calvin College students will partner with refugee families this fall. A new partnership Bethany’s Refugee Housing Department—responsible for providing safe, furnished housing for newly arrived families—is looking forward to a new partnership with Calvin College. Calvin’s Service Learning …

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Jotham Ippel Reflects on 14 Years of Service

Oct 28, 2014

When Jotham Ippel started at PARA—which would later become Bethany’s Refugee Resettlement Program—the organization employed only a handful of employees, and referred refugee clients to other organizations for many services. Now, after 14 years of serving Grand Rapids refugees, Jotham has seen …

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A Window into the Journey of a Refugee

Oct 07, 2014

On the run, fleeing a war that destroyed his home and killed his entire family, Joseph* was one of thousands caught in the middle of the civil war in the African nation of Congo. Only fifteen years old and entirely on his own, he escaped to neighboring Kenya, eventually landing in a U.N. refugee …

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Bethany Participates in Annual Ride for Refuge

Sep 23, 2014

How can a bike ride help vulnerable children and families across the United States and Canada? On October 4, hundreds of people will come together for the Ride for Refuge, raising money for 175 different organizations, including Bethany, which serve the vulnerable, displaced, and exploited. …

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Loving the Foreigner Among Us

Sep 16, 2014

This is a repost written by Bethany Christian Services on Mon, 08/12/2013 - 13:58 For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes. He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the …

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Meeting Vulnerable Children and Their Needs

Aug 21, 2014

This is a repost written by Bill Blacquiere, President & CEO on Tue, 07/01/2014 - 12:40 If you have been following the news, you know that the United States has a new crisis on our southern border, where an unprecedented number of minors are now fleeing violence and crossing in to the …

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