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Mentor 17-year-old refugee from Ghana in Kentwood

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Bethany Christian Services

We are looking for a male volunteer who is interested in mentoring a 17-year-old refugee youth from Ghana who arrived into Bethany’s program in May of 2020. He spent time in one of our residential group homes and currently lives at a foster home in Kentwood. He is in the 9th grade at East Kentwood High School, where he is doing very well academically. His foster mom does most of his transportation, but he is also learning to ride the bus. His case manager shared, "He is respectful and kind. He likes to follow the rules, but he is very opinionated as well. Very outgoing, he loves to talk a lot and tends to have a lot of female friends. He is outspoken and passionate about his Muslim faith. When dealing with conflict, he can have trouble processing his emotions at times, however he is quick to apologize afterwards as he is a peacemaker. This youth has been diagnosed with an eye condition that is expected to cause him the eventual loss of his sight. Because of that, he is not able to drive, but he is able to do everyday tasks without any issues. He enjoys going out to eat and doing fun teenage activities with friends." Background: This youth was experiencing ongoing abuse in his home country, which caused him to flee.

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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
People with Disabilities


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



  • Mentoring
  • Cross-cultural Communication
  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building




  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • One year, 4 hours per month.
  • Application, references, clearances, interview, training.

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