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“These volunteers are absolutely critical to the mission of helping people get fresh starts,” he said. “We like to say ‘open hearts and fresh starts’ and the Bee Cave group is the open hearts.”

Thank you to our friends at Rio Valley Relief Project!

RST's Response to the Bide-Harris Executive Order on Rebuilding and Enhancing Programs to Resettle Refugees

Eager to learn more about RST's leadership and our expanding programs?! Get to know more about our CEO, Russell Smith and about the inside workings of RST - we're on The ATX Podcast with Dan Riley!

Click on the link below to listen to the full episode!

Though the Covid-19 virus has drastically affected independent musicians, canceling months of concerts and gigs, and decimating their ability to earn money, twenty-five DFW musicians have banded together to help raise money and awareness for a population of people with even greater struggles than their own. The group of singer-songwriters, along with notable band and orchestral musicians, have joined forces as the Fort Worth Musicians Choir, to support the area’s struggling refugee community, with the release of their grand version of the Willie Nelson classic “Living in the Promiseland.”

"We are deeply saddened and disappointed by the decision of Texas Governor Greg Abbott to make Texas the first U.S. state to halt refugees from being resettled in 2020."

When it comes right down to it, working in the refugee resettlement world is as much about
helping people as it is about investing in the nation’s future. In the business of refugee
resettlement, the forecast may not always be clear, but the returns are nothing but pure hope
and joy.

RST is proud to announce that we are now on the path to serving asylum seekers.

Dallas is the first city in Texas to earn the Certified Welcoming status in recog­nition of inclusiveness and integration of immigrants.

Each year, the president decides how many refugees the country will allow in. This year, it's just 18,000 for the 2020 fiscal year, 12,000 fewer than in 2019.

Refugee Services of Texas' Development Director, Ashley Faye, is interviewed by The Non Profit Growth Show Podcast.

Good afternoon. My name is Russell Smith, and I recently started as the new CEO of Refugee Services of Texas. I am writing to introduce myself, to let you know about RST's response to the crisis at the border, and to ask for your help...

This week marks the annual celebration of World Refugee Day.

In the past five weeks, U.S. officials have separated more than 2,300 children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Leading up to World Refugee Day this year, the U.S. government has targeted for criminal prosecution parents and children fleeing violence and persecution, and seeking asylum in America. This unconscionable practice is needlessly tearing apart families and inflicting senseless harm on children and parents alike. It must stop immediately...

Sara Galaso, RST Fort Worth Volunteer and Online ESL teacher, arranges oranges in a small glass bowl. She is preparing the Ladera Palms Apartments clubhouse for the second RST baby shower for several new moms to be and refugee mothers who are happy to welcome a new sibling to the family...

Several groups of women sit huddled around fold-out tables at the Ladera Palms Apartment Clubhouse in Fort Worth, Texas. They are whispering amongst each other, asking questions, laughing and smiling at one another in between a presentation on dental hygiene. These women have made the treacherous journey to the United States as refugees. They are from Somalia, Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Syria, and Eritrea. They speak multiple languages and are now in the process of learning English with the help of Refugee Services of Texas’ (RST) ESL classes...

The holiday season is a time of giving. As we gather around with our friends and family we reflect on our own blessings, and feel compelled by gratitude to give back.

RST works hard everyday to serve clients and empower them to thrive in their new Texas homes. This holiday season, you can join RST in serving refugees and other displaced people. We need your support to continue doing the work we love, so we can better serve our truly remarkable clients. There are many ways to give the gift of hope to give this holiday season all of which will go toward improving and stabilizing the lives of our clients...

As we end gather around the last month of the new year, RST wants to #ShineALight on refugees, and we need your help. Over the past month, we have shined lights on programs and clients at RST, such as Women’s Future, Raghad, The Unaccompanied Children’s Program, and RST artists. Now we are asking you, to help us shine a light on refugees and other displaced people...

"I chose RST for my internship because I fervently believe in the dignity, agency and sanctity of each human life." say Demi Gnerlich, Refugee Services of Texas' (RST) Bachelors in Social Work (BSW) Resettlement Intern...

“The United States is the land of freedom and opportunity,” says former SIV, Raghad. “Here I know that my kids are safe.”

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...

Refugee Services of Texas (RST) volunteer Olga Pope is inviting Dallas to break bread with our new neighbors from around the world...

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...

Refugee Services of Texas stands with the global community in support of the thousands of people whose lives have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey this past week. The damage and heartache from this natural disaster will remain with all Texans--and all Americans--for months and years to come...

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!

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...

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...

In recent decades, the U.S. has been a leader in offering protection to refugees. This period followed a more shameful chapter in U.S. history leading up to World War II, when hundreds of Jews were turned away by the U.S. government for resettlement and later murdered in Nazi death camps...

Hamed Hasanin was born in Damascus, Syria and then was forced to flee to Jordan before being granted resettlement in Fort Worth, TX. Though Hamed is incredibly grateful for his life now, his journey to his new home was not an easy one...

Texas Senate Bill 4, approved by the Legislature and signed by Governor Greg Abbott, is harmful, discriminatory, and dehumanizing toward all immigrants—including refugees, asylees, Special Immigrant Visa holders (SIVs), and survivors of human trafficking served by Refugee Services of Texas...

Despite the challenges of adjusting to life in a new country, Mohamed has thrived in school and sports, and still carries his determination to become a doctor with him every day...

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, 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.

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