GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) Refugees are people who come from other countries to make a fresh start. In West Michigan, there is an organization that help them through the process and establish roots.
The West Michigan Refugee Education and Cultural Center helps students and families once they arrive in Michigan, serving about 700 refugees each year in Grand Rapids.
Many refugees experience interrupted education while in camps or throughout the resettlement process. The West Michigan Refugee Education and Cultural Center conducts after-school tutoring services, family engagement, and education on the American school systems, as well as providing school support for teachers so they are better equipped for working with refugees in the classroom.
How You Can Get Involved
- Learn more about the refugees currently in West Michigan
- Donate items: backpacks, school supplies, uniforms, books
- Volunteering as tutors at The West Michigan Refugee Education and Cultural Center or other local non-profits supporting refugees
The West Michigan Refugee Education and Cultural Center is holding a Converging Paths Conference from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15. Learn more about the conference on their website.