MINNEAPOLIS - ST. PAUL

Helping people survive and recover from forced displacement

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Our Mission

We are helping asylum-seekers and refugees survive and recover from forced displacement in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota. We raise awareness among churches concerning the challenges facing these new arrivals.

Jonathan House is our priority ministry in the Twin Cities, through which we are providing temporary shelter, practical help, strategic connections and a welcoming community.

We do this in collaboration with local churches, service agencies and the asylum-seekers themselves.

Ministry Context

Although lawfully present in the United States, asylum seekers are initially barred from both employment and governmental assistance - including assistance offered to resettled refugees. This leaves them especially vulnerable.

In response, IAFR is helping local churches and agencies better assist asylum-seekers. This is a long neglected need as it has received very little attention from the media and the church in the US.

Minnesota's Somali, Liberian, Ethiopian, Eritrean and Hmong communities are among the largest in the USA.* In recent years the Twin Cities refugee population has become even more diverse as significant numbers of Bhutanese, Karen and Iraqi refugees are resettled here.

*Arrive Ministries
More Information: MN Department of Health

Ministries

  • Jonathan House
  • Volunteer Resident Advocates
  • Community Integration (in collaboration with local churches)
  • Minnesota Asylum Network
  • Hospitality & Visitation
  • Pastoral Care
  • Practical Assistance

Needs & Opportunities

  • Long-term Service Opportunities
  • 2 Full-time Teammates
  • Building Maintenance
  • Trauma Care
  • Immigration Law
  • Short-term Service Opportunities
  • Intern for....
  • Volunteer Resident Advocates

Inquire about service opportunities below.

I Am Every Asylum Seeker

This powerful video offers a look into the asylum seeker experience in the USA. This is a chance for you to gain important insights into an often misunderstood and misrepresented people group that has no voice of its own in the public square.

Final comments referring to the Minneapolis/St. Paul context of the Refugee Highway.

Duration: 5 minutes.

Jonathan House

 A Jonathan House residents knits next to a heater

Jonathan House is responding to the pressing need for temporary housing among asylum-seekers in Minneapolis/St. Paul. But Jonathan House offers more than shelter.

It offers a safe welcoming community and extends practicals help and strategic connections as we seek to help our new friends recover from forced displacement and begin to rebuild their lives.

Related downloads:

MN Asylum Network

A quarterly MNAN gathering

The MN Asylum Network was launched in 2016 response to IAFR research that surfaced the need for a local network of agencies, churches and individuals seeking the welfare of asylum seekers in the Twin Cities. It is made up of a growing number of organizations, churches and individuals that welcome and assist asylum seekers.

Collaborative efforts of the network address such issues as basic needs (food, clothing, transportation, housing), medical care, legal representation, housing and mental health resources.

The MN Asylum Network can also connect faith-based and concerned citizen groups with asylum seekers in supportive partnering relationships.

Safe Start

Minneapolis-St. Paul host a large number of asylum seekers

IAFR is supporting the ministry of Safe Start, a program led by Kadie Becker that provides safe transitional housing for asylum-seeking young women who are aging out of juvenile immigration detention centers in the US.

In securing housing, these young women are able to avoid being placed in adult immigration detention centers where they are vulnerable to abuse.

Using the IAFR Jonathan House ministry model, volunteer resident advocates and house staff work with the young women residents to develop and achieve goals leading to financial independence, emotional and physical well-being and community integration.

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