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Bethany Christian Services helps refugee families adjust to life in West Michigan

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Each year, thousands of people arrive in the United States as refugees or immigrants. Bethany Christian Services welcomes these individuals and families and helps them adapt to their new life.

About NPO Showcase

NPO Showcase highlights nonprofit and government organizations and the work that they're doing in our community. The program is a feature of GRTV, a service of the Community Media Center, with producer and host Julie Way. You can catch it on GRTV on Saturdays at 8 AM and 6 PM and can view past episodes on Grand Rapids Community Media Center website. If your nonprofit would like to be interviewed on NPO Showcase, please contact Julie Way.

Slauer on NPO Showcase

Slauer on NPO Showcase /GRTV

In this week’s segment of GRTV’s NPO Showcase, Nathan Slauer, VISTA Leader at Bethany Christian Services, discusses the current refugee crisis, the refugee resettlement efforts of the organization, and how folks in the community can get involved to help.

A refugee is anyone who is fleeing their country of origin due to a well-founded fear of persecution. This could be due to oppression, war, or a natural disaster. Refugees face a number of challenges, including a long waiting period to enter the United States, lack of food and water in camps, and getting housing, employment, and medical care once they’ve entered the country. Bethany Christian Services helps refugees adjust to their new country by helping them find housing, helping them prepare for and find employment, and providing ESL (English as a Second Language) and cultural competency classes.

Slauer is a part of the AmeriCorps VISTA program, a national service program that places individuals in nonprofits, schools, and government agencies do work in health, economic development, and education. Individuals serve for 10-12 months, and assist with developing sustainable practices to help their organization thrive into the future.

Watch this week’s NPO Showcase segment to learn more about the many ways to support the work of Bethany Christian Services through volunteering. You can also view opportunities on their website. If you’d like to learn more about the AmeriCorps VISTA program, contact Slauer at 616.304.5113 or [email protected]

We'll be taking a holiday break next week, but check back on January 4  for a new episode of GRTV's NPO Showcase.

NPO Showcase is just one of the many ways that the Community Media Center serves the nonprofit community. For information about this and other CMC services for nonprofits, or to schedule a future interview, contact Nonprofit Outreach Coordinator, Julie Way, at 616.459.4788 x115 or email [email protected].

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