Good Neighbors befriend refugees and asylum seekers by providing practical support and life skills to those who have been forced to flee their homelands. This can be done as an individual, family or church team. We know that through this process life transformation is possible for both refugees and the church.
More than 400 Good Neighbor teams across the Twin Cities, Rochester and St. Cloud have developed relationships with refugee families. If you are interested in learning more about how you or your church can come alongside a refugee family, attend an upcoming Interest Meeting.
Good Neighbor Opportunities for Connection
Newly-Arriving Refugee Families
These families will be resettled by Arrive Ministries’ Reception and Placement Program or our Afghan Placement and Assistance program. They will have a case manager from Arrive Ministries who will coordinate appointments and services for the family during their first three months in the U.S. These families will come from a variety of backgrounds, and most families will be resettled in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
Arrive Ministries has built relationships with different community and ministry leaders who are working with people who have come to the U.S. as refugees. These leaders refer families to Arrive Ministries to be connected with a team to walk alongside them for additional support and friendship. Some families were helped by a different resettlement agency a few months ago, others arrived a couple of years ago, and yet others moved to Minnesota from another state. Some of them have adjusted well, but have requested assistance with tutoring for their children. Some families do not yet feel stable, and have requested help with finding employment or learning to drive, etc.
Asylum seekers have fled their country for the same reasons as refugees. However, while refugees gained their immigration status prior to entering the U.S., asylum seekers have requested asylum upon arrival to the U.S. Asylum seekers come to the U.S. through a variety of routes: visitor, business, or student visas, and some cross at the border. While asylum seekers are eligible for limited services, they often are reliant on friends or family members to provide them with shelter and food until they are granted permission to work.