Transportation needed for refugees
Samaritas - New Americans
Our local refugee community is working hard to adjust to life in the U.S. and they need our support to be successful. Many of them require transportation from their homes in Hamtramck, Farmington Hills, Dearborn, Troy and Sterling Heights to get to and from medical appointments, job interviews, public benefits office, to open bank accounts, grocery shop and more. There are also opportunities to provide regular transportation to vocational training classes, etc. Many times these activities are a required part of their maintaining benefits and status as refugees is the U.S. At minimum, every new arrival has 3 appointments they need transportation for within the first week or two of their time in the US (Social Security, coming to the office for intake, and health screening). If you have a reliable car and would be willing to assist with this, please email us!
About Samaritas - New Americans
2170 E. Big Beaver Road, Troy, MI 48083, US
Our Mission: Serving people as an expression of the love of Christ. Our Vision: We connect people with families and communities, empower them to live their fullest life possible, and create a ripple effect of transformation. A social ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), Samaritas is not just for Lutherans. The church has been meeting people’s needs since the early 1900s when a Lutheran "city missionary" arrived in Detroit to provide services to the poor. From the very beginning, Samaritas has reached out to individuals regardless of their religion, race, sexual orientation or ethnicity. The organization was incorporated as the Lutheran Inner Mission League in 1934. Today, Samaritas spans the state’s Lower Peninsula with more than 70 program sites in 40 cities. Samaritas diverse staff share a dedication to serving their fellow humans by doing the right thing, for the right reasons, every day.
Samaritas’ New American services help newly arrived refugees navigate their confusing and overwhelming first months in the United States. With the support of the U.S. Department of State’s Reception and Placement (R&P) Program, Samaritas - a partner agency of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) - provides newly arrived refugees from 15 different countries with the essential services and support they need to begin to rebuild their lives and take steps toward becoming U.S. citizens. Samaritas provides each refugee with the support to obtain self-sufficiency and become contributors to society within one year of arrival.