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.
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.
We look to the EXAMPLE OF JESUS as we interact with refugees in our city by living holy, humble, and honest lives individually and corporately.
We see 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.
We see 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.
We pursue 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.
We value FLEXIBILITY by providing a safe space to create, adjust and mold ourselves that we may serve needs that are as diverse as the population.
We see PRAYER as the priority and foundation to accomplishing our mission.
Mentorship – Mentors may assist with various needs, provide teaching opportunities, share meals, and celebrate holidays together for 12 months.
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 – Refugees continue to arrive in Lincoln at high rates, and we’re excited to welcome them!
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.)
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.
GIVE DIRECTLY TO JUNIPER REFUGE HERE AND ACCESS OUR $5000 MATCH!
• $20 provides practical household supplies to new refugee families
• $50 gives a refugee a voice, to speak for themselves, and ask questions about learning vital life skills in America
• $475 sponsors a refugee for a Road Ready driving class
• $5000 covers the cost for an entire year of Mentorship!
If you would like to provide gift cards to assist with purchases new families need to make, give online in our Donorbox, and please indicate “gift card sponsorship” in the comment section.
To send a check by mail, mail to:
Juniper Refuge, PO Box 21805, Lincoln,NE 68542
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