Empowering the Church of the St. Cloud Area to Walk Alongside Immigrants and Refugees with the Love of Christ

Samantha Grimsley and Melissa Oler represent Arrive Ministries in St. Cloud and the surrounding Central Minnesota region. Sam, Melissa and their families live in the area.

Questions on volunteering, donations, scheduling a training or interest meeting in St. Cloud?
Contact Samantha Grimsley, St. Cloud Area Director

Ways to get involved with our refugee friends:

Good Neighbor Teams:

If you or your small group would like to walk alongside a family as they adjust to a new culture and rebuild their life in St. Cloud, gathering a team of people (4-6) from your church, family, or neighborhood to become a Good Neighbor Team is a great way to serve others. You will learn about cultures, grow in friendship, and be a reflection of Jesus as you welcome the stranger. To learn more of to volunteer in this way, please complete the Volunteer Application.


Homework Helpers:

Imagine moving to a foreign country and enrolling your kids into school there. How well could you help your kids with their homework while you were learning the language? We’ve seen the need, and we’re working to support families and kids through tutoring and homework help. Volunteers help kids at the COP House on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-6:00pm or individual connections can also be made.


Sewing (for women):

Are you a seamstress who would like to help others with their skills? We are looking for women who are willing and able to give of time and talent. Please complete the volunteer application & we will be in contact with additional details. Email Sam for more details on the dates and times for our sewing classes.



Somali Adult Literacy Training (SALT):

Join us, with the love of Jesus, in welcoming our new Somali neighbors. Consider meeting with a Somali man or woman once a week to build friendships as you help them learn English and achieve other goals like citizenship and employment. Your job is to learn their name, their family, their story and their goals. As you pray and coach them in literacy and English, you will help them become successful. In turn, you will share your story and have the joy of seeing their life and your own transformed. Email Melissa for more information.


Gardening (Seasonal):

Cultivating friendships and healthy food together. We seek to provide land and supplies for our new neighbors to be outside, grow healthy food, and interact with others outside their community. If you would like more information, please complete the volunteer application or email Melissa.

Fill Out a Volunteer Interest Form

Arrive Ministries is a Christian non-profit, that partners with volunteers from local churches who share our mission of seeing refugees welcomed with the love of Christ.

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Donate Items:

We are always in need of new or good used condition:
(most needed items emboldened)

  • Twin, Full, Queen Beds and bedding sets
  • Couches/Love Seats without tears or stains
  • Kitchen Tables/Chairs
  • Dishes, glasses
  • Laptops
  • Sewing machines
  • Fabric or Gift cards for fabric stores

Arrive Ministries St. Cloud Registry

Questions on volunteering, donations, scheduling a training or interest meeting?
Contact Samantha Grimsley

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