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. 

Qahtan Mustafa's Story

In recent months, there have been a lot of pictures, articles, and statements in the news about refugees in far-flung regions of the world. There have been stories of families crossing the Mediterranean to Europe, or living for years in refugee camps. But few Texans are aware that refugees are not all so far away; right here in Austin, there are refugees living and working among us as neighbors and friends. Now in these last few hours before Amplify Austin 2016, one Austinite’s story of how he came to Texas as a refugee and made this city his home stands out among the rest.