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Mentorship Program

Our Mentorship Program connects teams of people to local refugees for friendship and community. Teams may assist with various needs, provide mentorship, share meals, or celebrate holidays together. Training is provided to equip and empower teams to engage across cultural barriers.

Driving Program

Driving enhances access to employment, education, and family care—making life in Lincoln extra challenging without this skill. We provide driving education and assistance to vulnerable refugee women through volunteers, who we train and place on a Sponsorship Team for additional support.

English Program

  • English classes are held Tuesdays 9:30 to 11:00am following the public school calendar, offering childcare, citizenship preparation, and local excursions.
  • English partners meet in home for conversational English and citizenship preparation.


Volunteer Application

Resettlement Program

We partner with Lutheran Family Services to resettle newly arriving refugee families. We’ve started collecting items for our next family! Click here to donate.

Around 600 additional Afghanis are expected to arrive in Lincoln over the coming months, sometimes arriving with little-to-no advance notice. We plan to resettle our next family in early January.

Resettlement Form

Job Opportunities

Link: Program & Volunteer Manager

Internship/Volunteer Details & FAQs

Do I have to be a Christian to intern/volunteer with Juniper Refuge?
Juniper Refuge is both an equal opportunity employer and a faith-based religious organization. This means that we conduct hiring without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, marital status, parental status, membership in any labor organization, political ideology, or disability of an otherwise qualified individual. The status of Juniper Refuge as an equal opportunity employer does not prevent the organization from hiring candidates based on their religious beliefs so that all staff share the same religious commitment.

Pursuant to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 Section 702 (42 U.S.C. 2000e 1(a), Juniper Refuge has the right to hire only candidates who agree with Juniper Refuge’s Statement of Faith.

Are the positions paid or unpaid?
All internships and volunteer opportunities at Juniper Refuge are unpaid and self-supported. No compensation, stipends or financial benefits are provided.

What are the application requirements?
Interns are required to submit an online application, cover letter, resume, pass a Criminal Background Check and pass a Motor Vehicle Records Check, depending on the nature of the position.
Both interns and volunteers are required to acknowledge Juniper Refuge’s mission, vision, and values.

What is the difference between interns and volunteers?
An intern is typically an undergraduate or graduate student who is pursuing an opportunity for academic credit, or a recent graduate seeking professional experience. A volunteer can be anybody from a student to a retiree, there is no age limit.

Can I get academic credit for my internship?
Yes! Juniper Refuge is happy to work with colleges and universities to help students fulfill the requirements necessary to receive academic credit. It is your responsibility to determine what your school’s requirements for internships are and to share those with us if you want credit.

How long do the internships and volunteer positions last?
An internship can last for the duration of one semester (three months) for course credit, or up to 12 months. The length of volunteer positions varies.