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As Christians, we are called to serve the stranger in our midst.
As a ministry rooted in the Episcopal tradition, Saint Francis is
dedicated to helping those fleeing violence or persecution in
their home countries find safety and security in the United
States. Saint Francis Migration Ministries (SFMM) helps refugees
resettle and build new lives in Wichita, Kansas. SFMM provides
essential support to refugees approved through the U.S. Department
of State’s Resettlement Program. Most clients resettled in Wichita
come from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, and
Burma. Many have lived for years in refugee camps abroad while
waiting for approval of their eligibility status by the
Departments of State and Homeland Security. Saint Francis
Migration Ministries is the Kansas Affiliate of Episcopal
Migration Ministries (EMM), the refugee resettlement program of
the Episcopal Church. EMM collaborates with 14 local partner
agencies in 12 Episcopal dioceses and 12 states to welcome those
fleeing persecution. (link to
What is a “refugee”? “Refugee” is a legal
term used by the United Nations to define an individual who “owing
to well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race,
religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or
political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and
is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of
the protection of that country; or who, not having a nationality
and being outside the country of his former habitual residence as
a result of such events, is unable or, owing to such fear, is
unwilling to return to it.” An asylum-seeker is a person who
has fled their home and crossed a border seeking safety and
protection. Refugees and asylum-seekers have fled their
countries due to persecution and because their home governments
are unable or unwilling to protect them.
How we help Our work begins while our clients
are still overseas as we plan for their arrival and mobilize
services and resources necessary for successful resettlement in
their new community. Our face-to-face work starts when we greet
clients at the airport and welcome them to their new home. Then,
with help from our network of community volunteers and partners,
we provide support with housing, jobs, food, clothing, furnishing,
and health screenings.
Resettlement Services SFMM helps newly-arrived
refugees begin the long process of settling in their new home.
During their first months, we provide support with: •
Financial assistance • Housing • Employment skills •
Job placement • Financial management • Clothing •
Health care • Education • English language learning •
Cultural and community orientation
Employment Services Saint Francis Migration
Ministries offers extended employment services to clients,
ensuring they will successfully secure employment so they can
support their families, become financially self-sufficient, and
contribute to the local economy.
Intensive Case Management With support from the
Preferred Communities program of the Office of Refugee
Resettlement (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services), Saint
Francis Migration Ministries provides intensive case management
services for refugees with additional needs, including referrals
to community providers.
Extended Services Funded in part by a grant from the
International Rescue Committee, Saint Francis Migration Ministries
can serve eligible refugee clients for up to five years after
arrival, ensuring that families have the support they need as they
continue to work towards self-sufficiency.
How you can help Volunteer •
Mentor a family • Set up an apartment for new arrivals •
Organize special events • Help in the office • Serve on
the Welcome Team • Serve as an English tutor
Give Churches, individuals, and civic groups
contribute to Saint Francis Migration Ministries’ work through
gifts of household items, hygiene kits, and other necessities. To
see the Wish List for Saint Francis Migration Ministries click
here. You can also contribute financially. Learn how you can
help serve the stranger in our midst with a financial contribution
by clicking here. To speak with someone about how you can
support Saint Francis Migration Ministries and other Saint Francis
programs, call 800.898.4896.
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