Houston

Help refugees integrate into their new country and community

Volunteer Opportunities

Pray

Join us for United Prayer for the World Next Door each Tuesday at 6 a.m. CT by calling (602) 580-9746 and using the access code: 6207480.

English Tutoring

Teach conversational English as a crucial first step in helping refugees get jobs, integrate, and interact in their new environment.

Contact Person: Julie Thompson. Call 832.257.6697 or Bucky Abar. Call 832.471.9521

Important Items Needs

Share new and gently-used miscellaneous items. The following items are especially needed:

  • Used cars
  • Bicycles
  • Diapers
  • Large rugs to cover an apartment floor
  • Kitchen utensils, pressure cookers, rice cookers, teapots, large cooking pots and pans, dishes, etc.
  • Baby items
  • Clothes of all sizes

Drop off items at 15908 Bryan Lane, Willis, TX 77378 (Call 707.380.9554) or Leonard Smith on Mondays and Wednesdays after 6 p.m. Houston West Seventh-day Adventist Church (Call 713.447.2224). 

Donate a used car to help refugees get to work and school. Help them regain their independence and dignity. If you have a car to donate or a small group that wants to buy one together please email Julie Griswold: julie@reachtheworldnextdoor.com

Food Pantry

Collect and distribute food to apartments or hotels where Afghan families are staying.

Contact Person: Leonard Smith. Call 713.447.2224

Food and money donations are appreciated. For frequently needed items, see the above list.

Family-to-Family

You and your family can help a newly arrived refugee family figure out how to survive and thrive in America. Give them a friendly welcome, help connect them to resources, and be an advocate for them to help them navigate their new life. You can help them orient to find discount stores, schools, and hospitals. 

Contact Person: Bucky Abar. Call 832.471.9521

Apartment Furnishing

Pick up and distribute furniture and kitchen supplies to recently arrived refugees.

Donations are appreciated.

Contact Person: Ferdine Daley. Call 832.420.7412

Pick-Up and Delivery of Large Items

Contact Person: Jose Najera. Call 713.249.7248

Family Fun Day

Plan and participate in Family Fun Day at the park with recently arrived children, fathers, mothers, and young adults. Teach important values and spiritual truths in a fun and respectful way. 

Contact Person: Julie Griswold. Call 707.380.9864 or email julie@reachtheworldnextdoor.com

For March 19, Global Youth Day event, call Lucile Saint Martin at 909.550.3332

After School Tutoring

Help refugee children who are struggling with their school subjects.

Contact Person: Lucile Saint Martin. Call 909.550.3332

Help with Social Services

Assist refugees to know what they are eligible for and help fill out application forms for various resources such as medical insurance, and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Contact Person: Robin Harrison. Call 832.867.5577

Job Hunting Support

To help a refugee interested in being a mechanic contact Stewart Usedo. Call 281.221.8954

To help a refugee interested in phlebotomy or health-related careers contact Daniel Gonzalez. Call 423.432.0780

Financial Contributions

Give to support the above areas of service by donating at asapministries.org/give. Under "Designation," select "Other" and type "Afghani Refugee Humanitarian Assistance-Texas" or call ASAP Ministries at 269-471-3026. 

(This page is a work in progress. Please contact us to inform of new opportunities you think should be added. Write info@reachtheworldnextdoor.com or text 707-380-9864).

Essential Training for this Ministry

Here are 3 areas of training we want you to do for your continued involvement in refugee ministry with Reach the World Next Door. 

1. It is crucial that you register and do the Sterling volunteer training with the Texas Conference to help increase our safety for any children involved. https://texasadventist.org/volunteerministries/  (It usually takes a little over an hour).

2. In our work with Afghans we have come to appreciate the training and counsel of Gabriela Phillips who is the director for Adventist Muslim Relations for the North American Division. We want you to go through these 5 orientation sessions before you proceed much into ministry among Muslims here in Houston. (These are short and very helpful). 

A) Orientation #1: Refugee: Who? What? Safe? 

B) Orientation #2: The Church as a Healing Community 

C) Orientation #3: Islam 101: Faith, Culture and Engagement. 

D) Orientation #4: Logistics: What is the Next Step? What are We Expected to Do? 

E) Orientation #5: God's Perspective on Refugees

Additional Webinar: My Church is Involved in Helping Refugees--Here's How it Looks (Ignacio Goya)

3. Please begin the Reach the World Next Door training. We have packed into our 13-lesson training the essentials of cross-cultural ministry, specifically how to meet, befriend, serve, witness and disciple people from other religious backgrounds. Please begin this training preferably as a group with your church and/or family. This is available through reachtheworldnextdoor.com/training/online We can help you get registered for that and coach you to help you do the training and facilitate it for others. (This may take you about 3 months if you work on it once a week and is best done with a group of friends, family or church members). You will receive a certificate upon completion. Please contact Pastor Scott Griswold to get started at scott@reachtheworldnextdoor.com