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Mentor 17-year-old refugee from Eritrea

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Bethany Christian Services

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We are seeking a male volunteer to mentor a 17-year-old male refugee youth from Eritrea. This youth arrived to Bethany's refugee foster care program in January of 2020. He has very limited English, and his first language is Tigrinya. The youth has adjusted quickly to his group home placement and interacts well with peers and staff.

Background: This youth's father died when he was young, and in 2016 he was forced to quit school to work and support his family. Because of this, he became more susceptible to conscription into the Eritrean military and fled on foot in November of 2016 to Ethiopia and was transferred to a refugee camp. He left for Sudan and was apprehended by smugglers who held him against his will for several months until he was liberated by police and relocated to a variety of detention centers. He was eventually evacuated by United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to Niger and attained his refugee status and approval for resettlement.

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About Bethany Christian Services


1050 36th St. SE, Suite 400, Grand Rapids, MI 49508, US

Mission Statement

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.

Children & Youth
Immigrants & Refugees


We'll work with your schedule.


1050 36th St. SESuite 400Grand RapidsKentwood, MI 49508



  • Mentoring
  • English as a Secondary Language (ESL)
  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building




  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • One year, four hours per month
  • Application, references, background clearances, interview, training

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