Every year, from more than 20 countries, 4,000 refugees arrive and resettle to Minnesota.
Arrive Ministries is called to see these refugees and other immigrants transformed economically, socially and spiritually. We resettled close to 400 refugees in Minnesota in 2013. Moreover, each year we place more than 100 refugees in jobs, help several hundred with refugee cash assistance and provide immigration and legal services to another 1,300+ individuals. In addition, we partner with over 50 Twin Cities churches and hundreds of volunteers to provide tutoring, English language training, resettlement support, church refugee gardens and friendship to refugees across the metro area and beyond.
Our Ministries and Programs:
Refugee Life Ministries (RLM) works with partner churches to welcome and resettle refugee families who arrive in Minnesota from around the globe. Church teams are paired with newly arrived refugees to assist with home orientation, employment, budgeting, medical care, education, U.S. cultural orientation and ESL tutoring while sharing the Gospel, hospitality and friendship.
(Refugee Life Ministries PDF Download)
Rajo Ministries equips churches to extend hope and love to the Somali community in Minnesota, helping them to develop friendships with Americans, learn new skills like sewing and baking, and receive help with practical needs such as transportation, tutoring and English acquisition. (Rajo PDF Download)
Somali Adult Literacy Training (SALT) addresses the crippling condition of illiteracy among the more than 70,000 Somalis who make Minnesota their home. SALT has provided English language learning classes throughout the Twin Cities and in several other states to over 1,200 students. At many SALT sites, volunteer tutors work one-on-one with Somali students after teachers lead classroom instruction and literacy lessons, while other sites use an in-home tutoring model. (SALT PDF Download)
Church Refugee Gardens provide refugees with the opportunity to garden and make a familiar connection to the life our new neighbors once knew. These gardens also create an avenue for local congregations to build friendships with refugee families while helping them to put fresh food on their tables. Churches provide garden plots and help refugee families with gardening resources as they assist them to assimilate to American life.
(Church Refugee Gardens PDF Download)
Refugee Resettlement Services Arrive Ministries partners with the local church, government agencies and community-based organizations to provide services for refugees, asylees and other immigrants in the Twin Cities metro area.
(Refugee Resettlement Services PDF Download)
• Refugee Reception and Placement
• Refugee Cash Assistance
• Refugee Employment Services
• Citizenship Classes
Building Friendships by serving our newest neighbors
Through our Resources – Refugees must establish their households in Minnesota after arriving with few belongings and extremely limited resources. Churches, small groups and individuals bless new arrivals when they assist with basic household goods, furniture and other necessities.
Through our Relationships – While making their homes in Minnesota, newly arrived refugees need new friends who will love them and help them to understand our culture and navigate the complexities of our educational, medical and government systems.
Through our Advocacy – People with a passion for refugee and immigrant issues can become advocates within their churches and communities by facilitating educational opportunities, recruiting volunteers, and speaking on behalf of immigrants and refugees with local organizations and policymakers.