Refugee Care

What’s Happening?

We are currently facing the greatest global refugee crisis since WWII.

  • There are over 60 million refugees who are displaced around the globe today.
  • 42,500 people are uprooted and forced to flee for their lives each day.
  • The average time of displacement is 17 years.
  • 51% of refugees today are children.
  • Only 1% of the world’s refugees will be resettled in a safe country.
  • In 2014, the United States welcomed 73,000 refugees—which is more than all other countries combined.
  • Portland receives around 1,300 refugees per year.

How Can We Respond?

“I was a stranger and you welcomed me in.” Matthew 25:35 Most refugees suffer unthinkable tragedy in their homelands and arrive in the U.S. with little or no resources or relationships. Moved by this overwhelming need, our Refugee Care Team is dedicated to welcoming and walking alongside refugee families right here in Portland. Below, you’ll find ways that you can make a lasting difference in the lives of refugees.

Fill out this form to get involved.

For more information, visit the Refugee Care Collective website at

What Can You Do?


Most refugees suffer unthinkable tragedy in their homelands and arrive in the U.S. with next to nothing. To welcome and honor refugees in Portland, our Refugee Care Team is collecting “Restart Kits” with essential items to help rebuild their lives.

Restart Kit Directions:

  1. Choose one of the kit categories below.
  2. Purchase the items listed under your selected category.
  3. Place the items in a new plastic tub with a lid.
  4. Label the container with the kit category.
  5. Drop off your Refugee Restart Kit to 10160 SW Nimbus Ave, Suite F-3, Portland, OR 97223 (turn left at the fountain and follow the road around to Building F) on a Collection Day. (Please note: We do not receive donations at the church.)

Welcome Kit:

  • Teapot + tea
  • Blanket
  • Oregon calendar
  • Map of Portland
  • Scented jar candle + matches or lighter
  • Notebook + pens
  • Chocolate
  • “Welcome” doormat

Cleaning Kit:

  • Mop + bucket
  • Broom + dustpan
  • Pack of sponges
  • All-purpose cleaner spray
  • Toilet brush
  • Dish soap
  • Paper towels (2)
  • Tissues (2)
  • Laundry detergent
  • Light bulbs

Bathroom Kit:

  • Bath towels + hand towels (4 of each)
  • Washcloths (6-8)
  • Hand soap
  • Small waste basket
  • Rolls of toilet paper (4)
  • Shower curtain with rings

Bedding Kit:

  • Choose twin, full, or queen (include on kit label)
  • Comforter
  • Sheets and pillow cases
  • Pillow (1 for twin or full, 2 for queen)

More Options:

  • Purchase other needed move-in day items from our IKEA Registry!
  • Donate gift cards from IKEA, Fred Meyer, Trader Joe’s, and Winco. Bring the gift cards to a Collection Day or mail them to: Refugee Care Collective, Attn: Megan Tragethon, 1306 NW Hoyt Street, Unit 412, Portland, OR 97209.
  • You can also buy a Restart Kit for a family and let us gather the items for you!

Fill out this form to get involved.

For more information, contact Lisa Feenstra at


In partnership with Lutheran Community Services, we are seeking ways to bless families with new or gently used furniture and household items. Pickup is available and tax receipts are given with accepted donations. We are currently in need of the following items:

  • Kitchen tables and chairs
  • Sofas, loveseats + lounge chairs
  • Coffee tables + end tables
  • Dressers
  • Bedding (twin, double, queen)
  • Towels
  • Pots, pans + cooking utensils
  • Dishes + silverware
  • Microwaves
  • Lamps
  • Televisions
  • Toiletries
  • Baby Items

To arrange pickup, please contact Stefani Bloch at Lutheran Community Services at (503) 731-9525 or (Please note: We do not receive donations at the church.)


When most refugees arrive in the U.S., they are faced with the challenge of speaking a new language and navigating life on their own. Because of this, we have a tremendous opportunity to enter into safe, supportive relationships with folks from around the globe. One of the most practical ways this is done is through English as a Second Language (ESL) Classes. We currently need the following volunteers:

  • ESL Teacher: Teach ESL classes from beginning to intermediate to English learners.
  • ESL Coordinator: Coordinate childcare workers and represent them at staff meeting.
  • ESL Greeter: Create a welcoming atmosphere for children and mothers.
  • ESL Driver: Pick up or drop off students/care for children 0-5-years while mom is learning.
  • ESL Teacher Assist/Tutor: Support teachers by leading small group.
  • ESL Substitute Teacher: Substitute teaching for the ESL class.

Class times are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 9:45-11:45am.

Fill out this form to get involved.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Jones at or visit


As refugees are resettled in our city, we are seeking ways to build safe, supportive mentoring relationships where mutual trust and friendship can grow. Here are some ways you can welcome and build relationships with refugees:

  • Driver License Education: Support women in the process of learning to drive and obtaining a driver’s license.
  • Homework Help: Assist children and/or their mothers with homework or ESL lessons.
  • US Citizenship: Assist women in obtaining US Citizenship
  • Provide transportation to various appointments.
  • Help connect refugees to various community resources.

Fill out this form to get involved.

For more information, contact Bethany Wray at or visit


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2000 Country Club Road
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