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Refugee Services HOME
Foster Care for Refugee Youth
Refugee School Impact Program
2170 E. Big BeaverTroy, MI 48083(248) 423-2790
Fulton St E4th FloorGrand Rapids, MI
Nussdorfer Center1545 KeystoneLansing, MI 48911(517) 321-7663
2 W Michigan AveSuite 304Battle Creek, MI49017(269) 282-8037
Refugees are people of all ages who are forced from their own countries by war or political unrest and who cannot return for fear of persecution because of their race, ethnicity, religion or political affiliations. Many spend years in refugee camps before they are given permission to enter the United States. They arrive with little more than the clothes they are wearing.
Refugees come here seeking protection and a chance to build a new life. They are eager to learn, to work and to become productive contributors to society. As they become settled, they build businesses, create jobs, revitalize neighborhoods, fuel the economy and strengthen the tax base, enriching their communities.
Lutheran Social Services of Michigan has been the Michigan affiliate of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service since the 1950s. In 2002, Lutheran Social Services became the Michigan affiliate of Episcopal Migration Ministries as well. As the largest refugee resettlement agency in the state, Lutheran Social Services has resettled thousands of people from dozens of countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Central and South America.
Cherishing heritage, embracing a new culture
If you have worked with refugee students, you know that they face the same problems as all students – but in a more intense way. Most have been through traumatic experiences before arriving in the United States. They have had to leave family, friends and everything familiar to them. Now they have to learn a new language as well as American social conventions.
Their anxieties may be expressed in truancy or unruly classroom behavior.
Lutheran Social Services of Michigan has developed a Refugee School Impact Program to help refugee students in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties and their parents adjust to the school environment. The program also provides resources and support to help teachers and administrators help the students. Services include English language instruction, translation services and referrals to tutoring services.
Help for parents
Parent orientation sessions address parents’ concerns and show them how they can be involved in their children’s school experience. Topics include:
Help for teachers and administrators
Lutheran Social Services can provide training to help teachers and administrators understand the native culture of refugee students and the emotional impact of the refugee experience. We can also provide translation services and tips to improve communication with students and parents.
Help for children and teens
Youth orientation sessions provide students with the tools to be successful in the American schoolsystem. Topics include: