Research, statistics, downloadable presentations, and annual reports regarding immigrants and economic development in the greater Detroit area.
Provides free support to those seeking asylum in the U.S. and Canada. Services include housing, food, clothing, legal aid, medical care, mental health care, English as a Second Language classes, education, job training, recreation, transportation, and offsite housing after asylum is gained. Located in Detroit, MI; hours and contact information available on website.
Thrive: A Refugee Support Program
Provides free support for refugees in and around Western Michigan. Services include mentorship, language and citizenship classes, and assistance with the Department of Human Services, finances, education, and more. Located in Grand Rapids, MI; hours and contact information listed on website.
State of Michigan – Programs and Services by Locality
Direct link to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Michigan listing of refugee service agencies. Includes addresses and telephone numbers.
Michigan Immigrant Rights Center
Provides legal aid, education and training, and resources for immigrants and service providers. Direct legal assistance is available at locations in Ann Arbor and Kalamazoo – address, phone, and fax information on website.
Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County
JFS of Washtenaw County assists with pre-arrival processing and reception for refugees resettling in the Ann Arbor area. They provide orientation, case management, basic necessities, English and citizenship classes, short-term counseling, classes in American culture, employment services, and document translation.
Website includes Request for Help form, email address, phone number, physical address, and hours of operation.
Samaritas offers housing placement, medical case management, English classes, school enrollment, employment services, and counseling for issues including torture. The organization also connects unaccompanied refugee minors with foster and host families. Samaritas also provides a repatriation program, assisting with reception, housing placement, financial assistance, food, transportation, referral to medical/psychiatric evaluation, treatment.
Bethany Christian Services – Refugee and Immigrant Services
Helps with refugee resettlement efforts in West Michigan, including pairing unaccompanied minors with foster families. Offers a transitional living facility for youths, as well as employment services, English language classes, transportation assistance, and mentoring opportunities. Additionally, provides counseling for victims of trauma, including coordinating medical and legal services.
American citizens may also find information on how to support these efforts, and can learn more about the refugee crisis in the Middle East.
Website includes contact form, phone number, and address.
Refugee Development Center
Offering formal and informal education opportunities through programs for families, such as after-school tutoring, English language classes, youth group activities, parent workshops, and mentorships. Also provides community education on issues affecting refugees.
St. Vincent Catholic Charities Refugee Services
St. Vincent Catholic Charities helps resettle refugees in the Lansing, Michigan and mid-Michigan areas. Services include locating affordable housing and providing food and basic necessities, as well as offering assistance with transportation, financial literacy, school enrollment, employment, and more. Refugee Services can also assist with applying for documents and U.S. State Department programs.