Providing Essential Support to Refugees
As Christians, we are called to serve the stranger in our midst. Saint Francis Migration Ministries (SFMM) helps refugees resettle and build new lives in Wichita, Kansas. As a ministry, we are dedicated to helping those fleeing violence or persecution in their home countries find safety and security in the United States.
Saint Francis Migration Ministries is a partner and affiliate of Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM), the refugee resettlement program of the Episcopal Church. SFMM provides essential support to refugees approved through the U.S. Department of State’s Resettlement Program.
Most clients resettled in Wichita come from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, and Myanmar (formerly Burma). Many have lived for years in refugee camps abroad while waiting for approval of their eligibility status by the Departments of State and Homeland Security.
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me. Matthew 25:35
Who is a “Refugee”?
Refugee is a legal term used by the United Nations to define an individual who “owing to well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country; or who, not having a nationality and being outside the country of his former habitual residence as a result of such events, is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to return to it.”
An asylum-seeker is a person who has fled their home and crossed a border seeking safety and protection. Refugees and asylum-seekers have fled their countries due to persecution and because their home governments are unable or unwilling to protect them.
How You Can Help
- Mentor a family
- Set up an apartment for new arrivals
- Organize special events
- Help in the office
- Serve on the Welcome Team
- Serve as an English tutor
Churches, individuals, and civic groups contribute to Saint Francis Migration Ministries’ work through gifts of household items, hygiene kits, and other necessities. You can also help financially.
How We Help
Our work begins while our clients are still overseas as we plan for their arrival and mobilize services and resources necessary for successful resettlement in Wichita. SFMM helps newly-arrived refugees begin the long process of settling in their new community. During their first months, we provide support with:
- Financial assistance
- Health care
- Employment skills
- Job placement
- English language learning
- Financial management
- Cultural and community orientation
SFMM also offers extended employment services to eligible clients and provides intensive case management services for refugees with additional needs, including referrals to community providers.