"Welcome The Stranger"

refugio Network

In the last two years, more than 11,000 Central American Refugee Youth have arrived in Houston and even more in Los Angeles, all seeking asylum from their native Northern Triangle countries whose rates of homicides and impunity have made them the most violent among the world's country’s not in war.
These Central American Refugee Youth are :
  • Traumatized and are experiencing heightened stress and anxiety as they find integration into their schools, communities, and families difficult.
  • Without appropriate coping and conflict resolution skills, and are approaching crisis situations, with more than 60% showing signs of PTSD.
Together with World Vision, Urban Strategies is working to mobilize the faith community to intervene and support these youth and their families so that they may enjoy life at its fullest. Specifically, we are responding to this challenge by:
  • Providing Central American Children and Families (CACF) with support in the form of tools and strategies to work through conflict
  • Provide CACF opportunities that promote positive Cultural Integration and Civic Engagement
  • Raise awareness within the Faith Community of the plight of the Northern Triangle and that of Central American Children and Families
  • Mobilize the Faith Community to engage in meaningful relationships with Central American Children and Families
  • Identify and promote collaboration among existing service providers, people of faith and faith-based organizations.

who is the immigrant?

Brandon

15 Years Old

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Brandon

15 Years Old

My name is Brandon. I came to the U.S. two years ago so that I could leave behind the violence in my city. I enjoy being in the U.S. I’m in school, I’m a good English speaker, I play the drums in my church worship team. While my family is poor, we are happy that we are together and that we have the opportunity to work and excel.

Brian

3 Years Old

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Brian

3 Years Old

My name is Brian. I am 3 years old and am trying to reach my mother who lives in California. I look forward to seeing my mother.

Damaris

12 Years Old

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Damaris

12 Years Old

My name is Damaris. I started my trip to the US with my grandmother but along the way we were taken over by criminals as we walked through the desert. I lost my grandmother and haven’t been able to find her but I continued on my journey so that I could be reunited with my mother in the U.S.

Jason

15 Years Old

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Jason

15 Years Old

My name is Jason. I left my home because there were many gangs in my neighborhood that I didn’t know how else to escape. I’m hoping to be united with family in the U.S. I’m eager to learn English and to make something of myself. I want to see the ocean. I want to sleep on a bed.

Julian

15 Years Old

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Julian

15 Years Old

My name is Julian. I’ve left my small village in Central America because there are not any educational opportunities for me. I want to become a doctor. I know it’s not going to be easy in the United States but I want to learn, to become educated, and to help others. I do not know English but I’m working hard to learn every opportunity I have. I enjoy music and playing Soccer. I love American food. I like the Seattle Seahawks.

members commitment

Refugio Network members commit to:
  • 1
    Provide services and support for the physical, mental, emotional, and/or spiritual well-being of the child and his/her family.
  • 2
    Provide support to children and families without any financial obligation or participation in any religious activity.
  • 3
    Serve immigrant children and their families with respect, dignity, and love
  • 4
    Protect the safety and well-being of the children and families they serve
  • 5
    Engage in ongoing training to better serve immigrant children and families

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