helping people survive and recover from forced displacement by offering shelter and community
Jonathan House is a project responding to the pressing need for temporary housing among asylum-seekers in Minneapolis/St. Paul. But Jonathan House will offer more than shelter. It will also extend practical help, strategic connections, and a welcoming community with a desire to help our new friends recover from displacement and begin to rebuild their lives.
Context: The US receives more asylum-seekers every year than it does refugees through its resettlement program. Although lawfully present here, asylum-seekers are initially not permitted to work nor do they have access to governmental assistance. This leaves them especially vulnerable.
Up to 1,100 people are currently seeking asylum in the Twin Cities. They come seeking protection from persecution or human rights violations. They come from the most troubled regions of the world in hope of finding safety and a normal life.
Need: The most critical need is for temporary housing. There are currently only two housing facilities dedicated to asylum seekers. Both are consistently at full capacity and have to continually turn people away.
Goal: In 2017, we plan to start Jonathan House in the form of a two bedroom apartment that offers housing for two asylum seekers for up to 18 months. We need to raise $45,000 to fund set up of the apartment plus the first 18 months of operation.
Strategy: We are building a partnership with individuals, churches and asylum service providers that will help both fund and operate Jonathan House and its related ministries.
Opportunity: You can help an asylum seeker in the Twin Cities by giving to the Jonathan House Project today!
Learn more about the challenges of seeking asylum in the USA by listening to this powerful program from The Takeaway (WNYC Studios).
20 Minutes. Audio only. Produced 4/2018.