The Refugio Shelters is a collection of organizations whose commitment to Christ compels them to “welcome the stranger” and love these vulnerable children who are arriving in our cities.

Our holistic model focuses on long-term development through collaborating with local partners, mobilizing the church, and investing in communities. We have focused on Latin American communities and immigrants for more than a decade. Consider joining us by investing in immigrant children and youth.



Urban Strategies received the call for action in May 2014 from numerous offices including the White House, FEMA, DHS, and HHS regarding the crises associated with the unaccompanied Children crossing the southern border. They were seeking organizations that could provide culturally relevant bilingual housing to unaccompanied children for an 18 month period ending September 2015.

Together with our partners, Urban Strategies mobilized its national and local partners to provide 328 beds for unaccompanied children for the 18 month period. In June 2014, we received notification that our proposal was approved to hire 350-400 people in 30 days, procure millions of dollars of equipment, supplies, clothing, food, train staff, and renovate buildings. Licensure proceedings began, which resulted in capacity building for our 7 partner organizations.


•2,350 Days of Care

•300 Employees

•7 Facilities 

•In partnership with Latino-led faith based organizations


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Bienestar Central Florida

The Bienestar Program is a ministry in which we are blessed to have the opportunity to change thousands of lives in Central Florida where the Hispanic community is growing every single day. Behind the Bienestar Program there are passionate and trained professionals that want to bring this program to the families, churches and the community in Central Florida. Our goal is to have communities that live in wellness. Our approach is to create awareness of the importance of wellness focusing on mental, physical and spiritual wellness.

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Bienestar South Florida

We are excited for the opportunity to work with our South Florida Hispanic community! Bienestar’s goal is to improve the health of the community one family at a time by providing knowledge of about physical, mental and spiritual well being. It is our desire that every faith-based organization in South Florida will begin a Bienestar health initiative to work towards addressing the most important health needs of the families in their community.

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Bienestar Rio Grande Valley

Bienestar Rio Grande Valley consists of a network of faith based organizations dedicated to improving the overall wellbeing of the Hispanic community, including body, mind and spirit.

In working with the McAllen community, the following information was gathered.

McAllen Community Health Information

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Bienestar San Antonio

Are you a Faith based leader in San Antonio, Bexar county area and surrounding counties? Are you taking a stand and being proactive in your physical, mental and spiritual health? We want to partners with you!

Bienestar strives to bring awareness in regards to some critical components that deal with health for our leaders, churches and communities.

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Bienestar Northern Virginia

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