Mentor 14-year-old refugee from Honduras in Caledonia
Bethany Christian Services
We are seeking a male, Spanish-speaking volunteer to mentor a 14-year-old refugee youth from Honduras. This youth arrived into Bethany's program in June of 2019 along with his cousin. They have been together in their current foster home since October of 2019, and he is a 7th grader at a local public school. His case manager shared, "He enjoys fishing and eating out at the Chinese buffets. He loves Spanish music and likes to listen to it very loud. He dislikes being asked personal questions when he does not know you. He is very smart and knows more English that he portrays. He is very funny and is always joking around."
Background: This youth was abandoned by both of his parents at a young age, and he was raised by his maternal grandparents. He fled Honduras after experiencing long-lasting physical abuse by both of his grandparents.
About Bethany Christian Services
1050 36th St. SE, Suite 400, Grand Rapids, MI 49508, US
Bethany demonstrates the love and compassion of Jesus Christ by protecting children, empowering youth, and strengthening families through quality social services.
For refugees fleeing danger, the search for safety can be extremely challenging. And too often, people become numbers in a system that can feel impossible to navigate. That’s why we guide, protect, advocate for, and support refugees. In the U.S., we offer resettlement and continued support services in strategic locations.
Bethany Christian Services' Refugee and Immigrant Services program encompasses adult and family resettlement as well as refugee foster care for Unaccompanied Children and Unaccompanied Refugee Minors. Our services for unaccompanied refugee youth include case management, counseling, housing (foster homes, group homes, independent living), classes (New Arrival, Life Skills, driver's training), and volunteer mentoring and tutoring.