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December 2016 Newsletter of Needs
Bethany Christian Services of Southwest Michigan

From the United Nations High Commission on Refugees:

We are now witnessing the highest levels of displacement on record.

An unprecedented 65.3 million people around the world have been forced from home. Among them are nearly 21.3 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18.

Watch the video linked below to learn more about the current refugee crisis 


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Happy Holidays! 

The seasons are changing yet again, and we find ourselves moving rapidly toward the winter holidays. As we gather with family and friends, recognizing those things and people for which we are thankful, let us also remember to show thankfulness and kindness to our refugee neighbors. Consider sending them food, inviting them to a holiday celebration with your family, or going with them to a local holiday festival or event. Your refugee neighbors may not know about our holiday traditions and could miss out on the blessings of being with kind people, eating good food, and expressing gratitude and thankfulness for all we have.
News & Updates

We are thrilled to announce that all of our kids have been matched with host families! We will not be matching new host families with youth until January or February of 2017. Those interested in this program can still submit applications during this period, they will just be placed on a waitlist.

We are still in need of more foster families for our Long-Term Foster Care program. 
We live in the age of the refugee, the age of the exile.
~Ariel Dorfman~

Boys Home Needs Include:

  • Bike Rack
  • Weight Lifting Bench
  • Weights
  • Bicycle Repair Tools
  • 2-4 snow shovels
  • 2-3 sleds
  • 6 Graphing Calculators
  • 11-15 person van
  • Rental home in Kalamazoo with at least 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and a 3-car driveway (we are looking for rental options you may be aware of, not for you to pay the rent)
Updated volunteer opportunities include:
  • Volunteers to assist in TFC Classroom. The school provided for our Central American children is in need of assistance in the classroom to watch and play with the children.
  • Volunteers to help watch TFC children before and after school - before 9am and after 3pm.
  • Day-time respite on weekends for foster families
  • Transportation for long-term and short-term kids in Kalamazoo or elsewhere.
  • Reunification travel assistance - If you speak Spanish and are over 18 years old you can fly with children for reunifications in different states.
  • Cook for our kids! Do you love cooking and would like to interactively teach and cook for our refugee kids?
**If you are able to assist in any of these ways, or would like more information, please contact Valerie Sigamani at
**If you plan to coordinate donations to meet the needs listed above, please make us aware of that as soon as possible. This will help prevent the instance of donations being turned down, following a coordinated drive, due to the need having already been met by others. Thank you.
Financially Support Bethany's Refugee Services
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**For your donation to be designated to refugee services offered through Bethany's Kalamazoo branch, follow the link above and then: 1) Select "United States"; 2) Select "Michigan, Kalamazoo"; and 3) Select "Refugee & Immigrant Foster Care" or "Refugee & Immigrant Resettlement."
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