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Bethany Christian Services

We are looking for a male, Spanish-speaking volunteer to mentor a 17-year-old youth from Guatemala in our refugee foster care program. He has been in the United States since March of 2020. He spent his first year and five months in one of our residential group homes and now lives in our Semi-Independent Living Plus group home with five other youth on the southwest side of Grand Rapids (Wyoming).

In his mentoring survey, this youth shared that he is a mix of talkative and quiet. He prefers to go out and do new things instead of stay at home. Activities he enjoys include going to the movies, playing videogames, and playing soccer. He does not enjoy reading or cooking. He is currently interested in a career as a mechanic because he likes to repair things. Mentoring activities he is interested in include exploring the city, learning new skills, playing sports, playing video games, watching movies, cooking, going to museums/concerts, and learning more about college and career.

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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


We'll work with your schedule.


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



  • Mentoring
  • Cross-cultural Communication
  • Spanish
  • Relationship Building
  • Soccer
  • Auto Mechanics / Repair




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

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