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. 

Jean-Claude's Story

Jean-Claude was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where he grew up with his mother and seven sisters. The DRC has a history of violence and rebellion due to political and economic disputes stemming from its colonization.  In 1996, the year he turned 16, conditions worsened and life became increasingly more dangerous - mass killings, torture, and rape were rampant. Rebel armies kidnapped able-bodied men and forced them to either join their army or be killed. 

Excellence in Impact nomination by Mission Capital

It’s always an honor to be recognized for the work you do, especially when you are recognized by an organization that does such great work themselves. This year, Refugee Services of Texas (RST) was nominated for the Excellence in Impact Award by Mission Capital (formerly Greenlights), an Austin-based collaborative powerhouse. Mission Capital acts as a resource, forum space, and toolkit for Central Texas nonprofits.