Mentor 10-year-old refugee youth from Honduras near Howard City
Bethany Christian Services
We are looking for a male volunteer to mentor a 10-year-old from Honduras who entered the United States in March of 2019 and has been a part of Bethany's refugee foster care program in Grand Rapids since January of 2020. He currently lives in a foster home in Coral, MI, and he is a 3rd grader at his local public school. He has adjusted well to his foster home. He appears happy during home visits and does not report any issues with his foster family. He has therapy and behavior specialist services to help in this area. This youth is well-adjusted and has bonded with his foster parents. He is outgoing and jovial. He helps out around the house and enjoys helping with the pets in the home.
Background: This youth has not had contact with his biological parents since age 3. From age 3-8, he lived with his two uncles and grandfather. He was forced to work in the fields all day for three days a week and was only allowed to go to school two days per week. He experienced emotional and physical abuse by his uncles and grandfather. This youth's older brother took him into his care and they traveled to the United States together in early 2019. Although his older brother is back in Honduras, this youth still has contact with him.
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.