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"In partnership with Samaritas’ Refugee Youth Services, Michigan Refugee Hope has helped fill a new and major gap for youth who reach the age of 18 before the federal government has completed their visa process and granted them legal status. If a youth turns 18 before receiving this process has been completed, they lose their eligibility for many services provided by the government through foster care programs like Samaritas: healthcare, housing, financial support, case management guidance, and other necessities. Michigan Refugee Hope fills in these gaps of services by providing a safe place for them to live and, through volunteers and our welcoming community, the support these young refugees need to build a safe life and promising future in Michigan."

“The most powerful part of this experience for me is the love I feel for these boys. They have all become like family to me and I hope they can feel this love the way I do. I hope that no matter where they are in the future, we will maintain contact and they will always be a major part of my life. Next to becoming a Mom, this experience has been the most life changing experience for me. I have learned so much from these boys it’s hard to even express how awed I am by them.  It is such a gift to get to spend time with them, I only hope I can offer a small portion of this gift in return.”

“As a pastor I can tell you that working to support the Post 18 House has energized my congregation and helped us to grow larger hearts.  Personally, working with the MRH Team and Samaritas has provided me with a sense of tangible fulfillment knowing that these young adults will continue to be clothed, housed, educated, and cared for medically until they receive the citizenship that I have taken for granted.  I am thankful for them because they have taught me to be more appreciative of the blessings that I enjoy.”

“I think to myself, many of these young men are more grateful about what they have received and the little that they have than many of the people in our own congregations.  To witness the heart of gratitude and thanksgiving, and the desire to serve that resides in the hearts of these young men is amazing.  To have so little and to be so thankful, and wish to give back is humbling.  I have learned humility from these young men, and have gained a greater sense of gratitude for what I have because of being a part of this ministry.”

“I’m amazed at how resourceful these guys are.  A car ride isn’t simply a means to get from one place to another.  They use this time as an opportunity to ask questions, learn, and get answers to things they’ve been wondering about.  I admire their motivation and drive to learn and grow and take every opportunity available.”

“Michigan Refugee Hope is responding to the need for welcoming the stranger in our midst.  I have worked in a number of ministries for care and social justice.  Michigan Refugee Hope is one of the best, and it has given me great joy!”

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