Your support will help provide food, shelter, and more for Afghan refugees fleeing violence.
How to help Afghan refugees
We are currently resettling Afghan refugees in the following areas:
Michigan: Grand Rapids, Holland, Kalamazoo, Muskegon
Pennsylvania: Allentown, Lancaster, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh
Several other resettlement areas are waiting for government approval. Please check this page often and follow us on social media for updates.
If you live near one of our refugee resettlement programs, we need your help! Individuals, churches, and other groups can welcome and serve Afghan refugees in a variety of ways:
Help a refugee adjust to their new community by offering rides, childcare, and support.
Open your home or other safe residence to a family of refugees in need of emergency housing.
Provide employment opportunities for refugees at your workplace.
Thank you to everyone who has donated household goods to newly arrived refugees! Our storage areas are completely full of supplies. Our biggest need right now is gift cards to grocery stores near our resettlement areas, or to national chains like Walmart and Target. These cards can be send directly to a Bethany branch on the list above.
Amazon wish lists
You can also purchase items on an Amazon wish list assembled by our local branches. The purchased items are shipped directly to the branch. (If you purchase wish list items, please fill out the form below and check the box marked "Purchasing items on Amazon wish list" so that our local staff can contact you and say thanks!)
Frequently asked questions
Are Afghan refugees vetted before they arrive?
Every Afghan refugee referred to us has undergone a thorough security screening by the Department of Homeland Security as part of the resettlement process.
Can I adopt an Afghan refugee child?
Afghan refugee children are not legally eligible for adoption. If you’re interested in providing a safe and loving foster home to unaccompanied refugee minors, sign up to learn more about our refugee foster care program.
What if I don’t live near one of your resettlement areas?
No matter where you live, we welcome your financial support. It’s the quickest way to assist Afghan refugees. You can also check out this map of refugee resettlement agencies around the U.S. to find an agency near you.
How can my church co-sponsor a refugee family?
Churches can play a vital role in walking alongside refugees as they adjust to their new lives. Volunteers from your church can welcome and care for a newly arrived individual or family. This often includes being a tour guide to the local area, helping with transportation, providing child care when needed, helping them practice English, and just being a good friend and neighbor in any way they need.
You can volunteer with a local Bethany resettlement location or contact a resettlement agency near you.
Help vulnerable children and families
Your support makes an immediate difference for Afghan allies and refugees. Your gift will be used to create the greatest impact for refugees around the world seeking safety, love, and connection.