Statement from Aaron Rippenkroeger, President & CEO, Refugee Services of Texas on the 2018 Presidential Determination

The announcement by the White House to cap the number of refugee arrivals at 45,000 for the 2018 fiscal year represents the lowest admissions figure for the United States in decades and puts the lives of tens of thousands of people needlessly at risk.  This shameful decision is not based in fact and will also harm America and the international community.  

St. Barnabas Welcomes New Neighbors!

St. Barnabas Welcomes New Neighbors!

This summer, St. Barnabas Presbyterian Church decided to take a creative approach in engaging the world’s refugee crisis and welcoming new neighbors. Associate Pastor Katy Rigler recalls seeing stories about the refugee crisis in the news, and knew that her Fellowship needed to respond. “It felt like something we should address from a point of faith. If we believe in welcoming others, we should act on that belief and get involved.” said Pastor Rigler.

Meet our Neighbor: FlyKids Yoga

Meet our Neighbor: FlyKids Yoga

North Texas Giving Day brings nonprofits and their neighbors together for 16 hours of fundraising. Refugee Services of Texas is participating in this day by bringing its neighbors together in a celebration of all the ways they welcome. One way we help welcome our new neighbors is through community activities such as the yoga classes Fly Kids Yoga holds for RST Dallas clients!

Celebrating Neighbors: Niusha and Akbar

Celebrating Neighbors: Niusha and Akbar

At Refugee Services of Texas, we are dedicated to welcoming refugees, asylees and other displaced peoples. We are so proud to be able to welcome these new North Texas neighbors. We believe new neighbors are a cause for celebration. One way we like to celebrate new neighbors is through sharing culture, stories and art. Join our welcoming celebration by making a donation to Refugee Services of Texas on September 14 for North Texas Giving Day. As part of the celebration, we are sharing the stories of our neighbors.

One story that we are excited to tell is the story of two artists from Tehran. Read their story below.

Growing Together: RST Clients, Volunteers and Staff Tend to a Community Garden

Growing Together: RST Clients, Volunteers and Staff Tend to a Community Garden

Edna helps nine-year-old Ashkhan* install the tomato plant cage; seven-year-old Adiba looks on as her brother presses firmly onto the tomato cage as Edna secures it to the ground outside the children’s new home.  They are among several RST clients, staff and volunteers that have gathered on a drizzly Saturday morning to ensure that a recent refugee community garden set within north Austin is maintained with care. 

Statement from RST CEO Aaron Rippenkroeger Regarding the Executive Order

We are deeply disappointed by the Executive Order issued today by the Trump administration banning travel to the U.S. for individuals from six countries, instituting a complete stop in refugee arrivals for the next four months, and renewing a commitment to reduce refugee arrivals to the U.S. to 50,000 people.

The consistent and inappropriate conflation between refugees and terrorism is unfounded and unconscionable and represents a dark moment in the history of the United States. Refugees are fleeing violence and persecution to find a new home for their families in peace and safety.

Painting with Refugees

Painting with Refugees

Painting, sculpting, and self expression are methods of individual expression. As an art major at Texas Christian University, Olivia knows the importance of art in her life and wished to share it with others through her thesis project, so she decided to teach a painting class for Refugee Services of Texas clients in Fort Worth.

Mohamed's Bright Blessings

During the holiday season, Refugee Services of Texas aims to highlight and share the stories of some of our amazing volunteers and clients. 

You can give bright blessings by donating to RST this holiday season through our donation page on the RST website. Also, remember to mark your calendars for Giving Tuesday on November 29th! Finally, you can help RST by purchasing holiday gifts via Amazon Smile.

Derek's Bright Blessings

During the holiday season, Refugee Services of Texas aims to highlight and share the stories of some of our amazing volunteers and clients. Derek Robinson, a volunteer at Refugee Services of Texas in Austin, shares what motivates him to help refugees in his community. 

You can spread Bright Blessings this holiday season by selecting Refugee Services of Texas on Amazon Smile or by donating on our website on Giving Tuesday, November 29th.

Counting Our Bright Blessings: Sarah Bisnette

This holiday season, Refugee Services of Texas aims to highlight and share the stories of some of our amazing volunteers and clients. Sarah Bisnette, a volunteer at Refugee Services of Texas of Fort Worth, shares her experience in an English as a Second Language (ESL) classroom.  

You can give bright blessings by using the RST Amazon Smile account to purchase holiday gifts and by donating on our website on Giving Tuesday, November 29th.

Statement on Gov. Abbot's announcement seeking to withdraw Texas from the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program

Refugee Services of Texas is deeply disappointed by Gov. Abbott’s announcement seeking to withdraw the State of Texas from its role in the U.S. refugee admissions program after nearly 40 years of participation, especially at a time in our history when Texas’ compassionate legacy of welcoming refugees seeking safety from violence and oppression is needed more than ever.