Cultivating Community
Across Cultures

We exist to show the love of Jesus to refugees by fostering meaningful relationships and providing resources and support through the local Church and trusted community partnerships.

Juniper Refuge is a para-church ministry that seeks to provide refugee-status residents and Christians the opportunities to make genuine connections with one another. We provide platforms through which Americans and refugees can engage with one another in mutual interests, grow in understanding of one another, and create lasting friendships. We strive to bring along more Americans to become bridges for vulnerable refugees that they might thrive in America, knowing that we grow and are changed by understanding our refugee neighbors more deeply.

Roughly 9% of Lincoln’s population was foreign born in 2017. Of that 9%, half are from Asia, with 25% from Latin America and 11% from Europe. Thousands of refugees have resettled in Lincoln to make a new home for themselves, and our unique city offers much to help those refugees thrive here. We are privileged to be just another small part of that communal effort.

Our Values

We believe all of our Christian mandates are relational and work to shape us into people who live more rightly with one another and God.

The Example of Jesus as we interact with refugees in our city by living holy, humble, and honest lives individually and corporately.

The Local Church as a necessary and active agent of compassion and love in a broken world, living the integrated “word” and “deed” components of God’s mandate.

People whether staff, volunteers, donors or partners as important actors in bringing peace, love and justice. As we seek to better the world around us, we recognize that we, too, are changed, by those we serve.

Partnership by seeking and facilitating collaboration and coordination among the local Church, other non-profits, and the business community, recognizing connectivity as essential to accomplishing any great task.

Flexibility by providing a safe space to create, adjust and mold ourselves that we may serve needs that are as diverse as the population.

Prayer as the priority and foundation to accomplishing our mission.

Our Programs

Mentorship – Mentors may assist with various needs, provide teaching opportunities, share meals, and celebrate holidays together.

Driving – We provide driving education and assistance to vulnerable refugee women through volunteers, who we train and place on a Mentorship Team for additional support.

English – We offer English classes from September – May each year with childcare, transportation, citizenship preparation, and local excursions.

Resettlement – We partner with Lutheran Family Services to resettle newly arriving refugee families. Learn more to find out how to help!

Juniper Gatherings – These meals bring Americans and refugees together for an intercultural experience, authentic dishes, and meaningful conversation. (on hold due to Covid safety precautions.)

Learn more

Thank you!

The gifts for our year end Give to Grow campaign took us BEYOND what we needed to meet our 2022 goals!! Over $24,000 has been raised!! We are incredibly grateful for all those who support and give to our mission, and we’re excited for the opportunity to do even more in our refugee community through our amazing volunteers in 2022! Thank you to all those who give, pray, and serve so that we might show Jesus to our refugee neighbors! With additional donations, we can do even more.

Give to the Mission

Give monthly to join our Circle of support, and receive our Circle Stories to hear more about what our volunteers are doing. One-time donations allow us to respond to the needs that arise among our refugee participants.

$40 covers the cost of one hour of interpretation.

$100 – $500 a month donations will allow us to employ a case manager for families in our Mentorship Program.

Click here to donate household items for general ministry use serving vulnerable families.

Click here to donate household items for the Resettlement program, serving new arrivals.

Why give to Juniper Refuge? Hear first hand from one of our donors:
Juniper Refuge seeks to serve refugees in ways that help them feel at home long-term, not simply upon arrival to our community. There are many great organizations that serve our new neighbors, and we appreciate that Juniper Refuge is committed to working cooperatively with them for the greatest impact possible.

– Jake & Amber Messersmith, monthly donors

Contact Us

Looking to volunteer, intern, or learn more about our ministry?
We would love to hear from you!