Refugee and Asylum Families

In February of 2020 Portage Chapel Hill Church, along with Bethany Christian Services, sponsored a family of six to resettle in the Kalamazoo area after years of living in refugee camps in Iran, Afghanistan, and Turkey. The family unit consists of a woman in her 70s, a woman in her 40s-50s, a young man and woman in their late teens-early 20s, and twin girls in their early teens. Once here the family were reunited with another family member in his 20s, who has been attending Kalamazoo Valley Community College.

The family is doing well, considering they arrived just weeks before the COVID-19 pandemic put the country into lockdown mode. The school-aged kids are busy learning English and participating in virtual schooling, and the adult members of the family are getting English classes and job training skills. 

There is always need for folks willing to help tutor the kids or drive family members to appointments. Or if you would like to donate money to Chapel Hill's Refugee Resettlement Fund, the Refugee Resettlement Team will use those funds to help cover expenses and to address other needs as they arise. Please visit, click on the GIVE button, and find "Refugee Resettlement" under the Faith In Action section to donate. 

If you have any questions, or would like to volunteer to help the family, please contact:

Susan Smith, Co-Leader of Refugee Resettlement Team:

Pat Catellier, Co-Leader of Refugee Resettlement Team:

Richard Derenne, Chair of Faith In Action Team: