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GRAND RAPIDS February 18, 2016– At the February meeting of the Kent-Ionia Labor Council’s Community Action Team (CAT), we discussed the topic of refugee resettlement in Grand Rapids. A representative from Bethany Christian Services, one of two refugee resettlement agencies in west Michigan, was on-hand to give information and answer questions on refugee sponsorship opportunities. We also discussed other ways the labor community might be able to help refugees as they settle in west Michigan.
The United States government is planning to take in 85,000 refugees in 2016. Agencies like Bethany partner with organizations who sponsor a family for their first six months in the United States.
In October of 1998, Bethany Christian Services’ resettlement program was approved to do reception and placement by becoming a Michigan resettlement affiliate of the Church World Service Immigration and Refugee Program (CWS-IRP), working with the U.S. State Department to resettle refugees in the United States.
The CAT meets monthly, and is open to anyone interested in partnering with west Michigan union members to give back to the community. For more information, contact Steve Veldheer at Steve@KICLC.org.