Resettle Our Afghan Neighbors

The family has arrived!

Portage Chapel Hill has partnered with Bethany Christian Services to welcome an Afghan family of 7 to the Kalamazoo area. They are a mom, dad, and five daughters ranging in age from 7 to a newborn daughter who arrived in early January. The family is currently staying in temporary housing. Permanent housing is being worked out. 

Please be patient! The church has received many, many offers of household items from caring individuals, but for now the Refugee Resettlement Team is handling all the immediate needs of the family until they move into permanent housing. The church is currently not accepting any donations, unless it has been specifically requested by the Resettlement Team. Once the family has moved, and their needs have been assessed, we will post that information here. In the meantime, here are some other ways you can help:

  • Make a financial gift to the Refugee Resettlement fund. Money will be used to purchase groceries and household items that the family may need. CLICK HERE to go to the Giving page, and find "Refugee Resettlement" under the Faith In Action section.
  • Make an offering of your time by becoming part of the Refugee Resettlement Action Team. People are needed to help drive family members to appointments, tutor school-aged kids, help with English language learning, and assist in navigating life in Southwest Michigan. To be part of the team, or to learn more, please contact team co-chairs Joelle Ibanes at or Carolyn Pesheck at
  • Hold this family, and all refugees around the world, in prayer. 

If you have questions about Portage Chapel Hill's involvement in refugee resettlement, please call the church office at (269) 327-6643 or email