Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston's Refugee Services department, in conjunction with the U.S. State Department, Episcopal Migration Ministries and Church World Service, resettles legal refugees fleeing their homeland in fear of political, social or religious persecution. IM helps refugees from around the world make new lives in America.
Today there are an estimated 19.5 million refugees throughout the world, with women and children constituting the majority of these displaced people. Each year, hundreds of these refugee families arrive in Houston through Interfaith Ministries.
If you would like to make a monetary donation to support our refugees, please click here. A donation of $25.00 can provide school uniforms for one refugee child. If you would like to conduct a donation drive, or make an individual donation, view our wish list for items needed to help make a new home for refugees.
In the past thirty years, Interfaith Ministries' Refugee Services has served refugees from over thirty countries.
Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston, through its services and support, equips refugees with the tools they need to make a new life, find work, care for their families, and take part in the American dream. Staff works to ensure that every client feels welcomed, is self sufficient within six months of arrival and becomes a productive member of the Houston community.
Collect basic house wares, school supplies, or other items for newly arrived families. Individual donations may be dropped off at Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston. Pick-ups are available for some items. See our wish list.
If you would like to Host a Drive, please click here for materials to help you with your drive.
IM helps refugees from around the world become productive citizens. You can help by providing a job to a refugee or give networking advice. Refugees come to the United States with various professions and skills and are looking to work hard for the American Dream.
The goal of Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston Refugee Services Program is the successful resettlement of newly arrived refugees into the greater Houston area. Available volunteer opportunities include: Pick up new clients at the airport, help ready apartments for new clients, take clients for appointments or job interviews, provide language translation and interpretation, assist with office work and filing at the Interfaith Ministries office, teach ESL and teach the METRO system.
Click here to learn more about our volunteer opportunities.
Who is considered a refugee?
Refugees are individuals who have fled their country due to persecution based on race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a certain social group. A refugee is approved and processed outside of the US and enters with permission to stay.
What is the difference between a refugee, an asylee, and an immigrant?
Like a refugee, an asylee also flees persecution. However, an asylee enters the US first and then requests permission to stay by applying for asylum. An immigrant chooses to leave his or her country for economic or family reasons.
What is the breakdown of the refugee population?
Currently there are an estimated 13 to 15 million refugees throughout the world, with women and children being the majority.
What is the Matching Grant program?
The Matching Grant program is an alternative approach to welfare. Funded by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), the Matching Grant program provides resettlement assistance to refugees administered locally through voluntary agencies. The goal of Match Grant is to help refugees achieve self-sufficiency within four months of their arrival without accessing public cash assistance.
What can I do to help refugees resettling in Houston?
IM relies on individuals and groups to assist with welcoming tasks. For more information on how you can help, please visit our Volunteer Opportunities page.
Who should I contact for more information?
Please contact Ali Al Sudani, Director, Refugee Services, at 713.533.4900.
English classes are taught for both adults and children by volunteers. For more information on how you can help, please visit our Volunteer Opportunities page.
Moving across the world to a new culture can be a shock for refugees. Interfaith Ministries helps refugees acclimate to their new life in Houston. For more information on how you can help, please visit our Volunteer Opportunities page.
Interfaith Ministries helps children enroll in school so that they can continue their education.