Refugee Services

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 13 to 15 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 refugee services, 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 individal 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.

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Get Involved!

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.

Sponsor a refugee family

Get your house of worship or community organization to sponsor a family. Follow each step of the resettlement process, from picking them up at the airport to celebrating their completion of the program. A six-month commitment. For more information, contact Ali Al Sudani, Director by email: aalsudani@imgh.org.

Conduct a Donation Drive

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.

Hire A Refugee

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.

Give refugees what they want most — the chance to secure a good job. For more information contact Ali Al Sudani.

Volunteer

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.

Learn more about our Volunteer Opportunities.

IM provides the following services to newly arrived refugees:

Housing

refugee-family-2Interfaith Ministries provides refugees with housing when they first arrive.

 
English Classes

teaching-eslEnglish classes are taught for both adults and children by volunteers. To volunteer to teach ESL classes, please use the form below.

 
Cultural Orientation

cultural-orientationMoving across the world to a new culture can be a shock for some refugees. Interfaith Ministries helps refugees acclimate to their new life in Houston. Please fill out the form if you would like to volunteer to help with cultural orientation.

 
School Enrollment

school-enrollmentInterfaith Ministries helps children enroll in school so that they can continue their education.

 
Job Placement

job-placementIt's important that refugees become self-sufficient and productive Houstonians. Interfaith Ministries helps refugees find employment and take part in the American Dream. If you would like to help provide employment to refugees, please use the form. For more information contact Ali Al Sudani

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Meet A Refugee Family

Dahn was born in war torn Bhutan and when he was young, his family moved to Nepal to escape the persecution and conflict. In Nepal, he and his parents were forced to live in a refugee camp without any opportunities and no rights. He spent almost his entire life in the camp, even marrying and having two daughters there. He knew he wanted a better life for his children and he applied for refugee status to come to the U.S. After two years of waiting, Dahn, his wife Tila and daughters Babita, 7, and Bitisha,2, finally arrived in Houston. "I was scared when I first arrived. I had all these questions, 'Where will I work? Where will we live?' But my case worker, who is also from Bhutan, picked me up from the airport and made me feel comfortable. He taught me everything, enrolled my oldest daughter in school and helped me find a job. I feel so lucky to be here and lucky that my children now have a better future."