Mentor 20-year-old refugee from Guatemala
Bethany Christian Services
Current: This youth is a 20-year-old from Guatemala who has been in U.S. since September of 2016. He is living independently and is re-enrolling at Lighthouse Charter Academy to finish high school. Despite the length of time he has been in Michigan, he still has a low-level of English, and he would benefit from a Spanish-speaking mentor. He is also working currently. His case manager shared, "He has been wary of Covid 19 - however he was comfortable with a masked home visit. Friendly, history of therapeutic needs and psychiatric care, stable of late with therapy, supportive adults, stable work and placement."
Background: This youth was forced into agricultural work at age 12 by his father, and he was often physically and verbally abused when he was unable to complete difficult jobs. Around age 16, family conflict created intense turmoil and the youth began to receive death threats, which caused him to flee to the United States.
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.