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Helping Refugee and Immigrant Families Adjust to Life in the U.S.

Each year, thousands of people arrive in the United States as refugees or immigrants. Some refugees are children who arrive as unaccompanied minors, having been separated from their families abroad as they fled violence or disaster. In partnership with local churches and community agencies, Bethany Christian Services welcomes refugee and immigrant families and helps them adjust to a new life in the United States.  

How You Can Help Refugees NOW

Statement on Executive Order Regarding 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 pending 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.

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Middle East Refugee Crisis

Refugees arrive on land in a boat.

You can help Middle Eastern refugee families in crisis now. Learn more about what Bethany Refugee Services can do with your help. 

Refugee & Immigrant Foster Care

Refugee Foster Care Spotlight

Often refugee families are separated between the time they leave their home and when they arrive in the U.S. When this happens, family reunification is difficult and children are considered unaccompanied minors. The only option for these children is to be cared for by a refugee foster care family. 

Center for Healing Torture Trauma

Refugee Center for Healing Torture Trauma Spotlight

Providing counseling to assist refugees and immigrants who have been victims of torture.

Refugee and Immigrant Employment Services

Refugee Employment Spotlight

Connecting with local businesses to help refugees find employment.

Refugee and Immigrant Resettlement

Refugee and Immigrant Resettlement Spotlight

Connects refugee and immigrant families with churches and community resources to help them adjust to their new life in the U.S.

Transitional Living Center

Refugee Transitional Living Center Spotlight

A residential program that helps older refugee and immigrant youth adjust to a new culture by providing education, training in independent living, and therapy.