Mentor 17-year-old refugee from Honduras
Bethany Christian Services
We are looking for a male, Spanish-speaking mentor for a 17-year-old from Honduras who has been in Bethany's care at one of our group homes since June of 2019, although he has always wanted to live as independently as possible. He has more independent living skills than most and lots of life experiences already. He has shared that two of his strengths are "saying it how it is" and if there is something he should go do, he’ll go and do it. He is currently in 9th grade at a local charter school. He agreed to have a mentor.
Background: This youth moved often between his great-grandmother's and mother's households, and he experienced physical abuse in each. This youth attended school infrequently and began working from an early age, sometimes keeping his family financially afloat. At the age of 13, gang members approached the youth and told him that he had to join. When he refused, they threatened to kill him, so he was forced into the gang. He "worked" for the gang for about two years, and when he refused to follow some of their demands, they assaulted and threatened him. Another gang also approached him and tried to force him to join, so he began receiving multiple death threats and decided to flee to the United States in 2019. His journey to the U.S. took about two months and he traveled by bus, train, and on foot.
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.