Jonathan House

Helping people survive and recover from forced displacement

IAFR Provides Shelter for Asylum Seekers in St. Paul, MN.

Jonathan House is a welcoming and compassionate community where asylum seekers know that God sees, hears, and cares for them.

The Need

Up to 3,000 people in Minnesota are currently seeking asylum from war, human rights violations, and political, religious, or social persecution. They come from the most troubled regions of the world in hope of finding safety and a normal life.

Though here lawfully, asylum-seekers are initially not permitted to work nor do they have access to governmental assistance. This leaves them especially vulnerable. Safe, stable housing is one of the most crucial needs in allowing them to recover from forced displacement and begin to rebuild their lives.

Jonathan House is the only Twin Cities metro-area housing program designed specifically for asylum seekers.Our scattered-site model allows us to accommodate individuals or families.

Jonathan House is a welcoming and compassionate community where asylum seekers know that God sees, hears, and cares for them.

The Strategy

Jonathan House relies on the power of individual, church, and non-profit partners. Church partners in St. Paul provide us with the rental sites to house asylum seekers. Individual volunteers provide a critical relational and emotional support to our residents. We also collaborate with local service providers to connect residents to important social and legal resources.

The Goal

We have a goal to raise $58,000/year to cover the operational costs of the two current Jonathan House sites.

A Goal to Grow
We also desire to partner with individuals, local churches, and community organizations to increase our capacity so more asylum seekers have access to safe, stable shelter and supportive community.


We are always looking for volunteers and long-term staff. Let us know if you're interested by clicking below.

Jonathan House is 100% donor-funded. Individual, church, and other financial partners play a vital role in allowing this ministry to continue. Help an asylum seeker in the Twin Cities by donating today.


Jonathan House has sheltered 14 asylum seekers to date (including current residents).

Location Served

Strategic & Financial Partners

A variety of local churches, individuals and foundations committed to seeking the well-being of asylum seekers.

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IAFR is a member of the ICVA Network.

IAFR | 1400 Van Buren St. NE, Suite 200-244| Minneapolis, MN 55413 | | 612.200.0321

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