Thrive: A Refugee Support Program

Who are we?

Who We Are

ornament1Thrive: A Refugee Support Program was created in 2011 to support local refugees in the Grand Rapids, MI area adjusting to life in the United States. Our team is made up largely of dedicated volunteers who assist refugees post-resettlement. We value cultivating cross-cultural relationships that strengthen our community.

Our Mission

ornament1A volunteer-driven organization giving hope to refugees through relationships that enable them to connect with the community.

What we do?


We work closely with local social service agencies and community members to provide a welcoming environment where refugees are given the tools and resources to be successful here in West Michigan. Our volunteers provide mentorship through our Cultural Broker Program. Our Refugee Support Center hosts weekly English and Citizenship classes as well as drop-in assistance. We never charge for our services.

Refugee Stories

Refugees most often connect with Thrive through the guidance of partnering organizations like resettlement agencies such as Samaritas or Bethany Christian Services. Refugee families and children also often connect with Thrive through local schools and Head Start for Kent County. Thrive’s partners often see that these refugees need additional support, support that Thrive can provide, so they partner with Thrive to help each refugee get the support they need, whether those needs are related to English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL), the Department of Human Services (DHS), finances, education, or living.

Anna’s Story

Anna, and family lost their apartment and possessions in a fire in Ashbrook apartments. With no renters insurance, the moving costs were on them. They needed to move and Thrive saw to it that they were able to get back on their feet.

Muna’s Story

The freedom in the United States is education. In Iraq girls could rarely go to school and if they did the fathers would not know if they would return home each night.

Zebedayo’s Story

Zebedayo came to the States about 4 years ago with a family of 9. Just graduated from Grandville High School, he’s working full time and is in the process of applying to local colleges to continue his education.


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