Mentor 14-year-old refugee from Honduras in Hudsonville
Bethany Christian Services
We are seeking a female volunteer to mentor a 14-year-old refugee youth from Honduras, who arrived in the United States in February of 2019 and is currently living in a foster home in Hudsonville. She will be going into 8th grade with ESL classes at a local public school.
Her case manager shared, "This youth's primary language is Spanish, but her English ability is growing. I do feel that she would be more comfortable with a mentor who speaks Spanish. She would most likely be more willing to connect with and open up to a mentor who is bilingual. This youth is a very social person, and the Stay at Home order was difficult for her. She has formed some relationships with classmates at her previous middle school that are unhealthy. We are hoping that the transfer to a different school, and giving distance between this youth and those unhealthy friendships will be positive.
She attends weekly counseling and weekly sessions with the behavioral specialist. She loves technology and internet use and does struggle to follow the technology safety plan the agency created. She is improving bit by bit in following in the rules of the foster home and the consistency from the foster mom has been very helpful. A mentor who can follow the lead of the foster mom and be consistent with this youth would be extremely helpful.
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.