Refugees are people of all ages who are forced from their own countries by war or political unrest. They cannot return home for fear of persecution because of their race, ethnicity, religion or political affiliations. Many spend years in refugee camps before they are given permission to enter the United States. They arrive with little more than the clothes they are wearing.

Samaritas has resettled thousands of people from dozens of countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Central and South America. Samaritas has been the Michigan affiliate of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service since the 1950s.

Refugees come here seeking protection and a chance to build a new life. They are eager to learn, to work and to become productive contributors to society. As they become settled, they build businesses, create jobs, revitalize neighborhoods, fuel the economy and strengthen the tax base, enriching their communities. Click here to learn more about refugee resettlement.

If you are from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua, Ukraine, or Venezuela, you may be able to use the Welcome Connect Platform to connect with an American sponsor. Click below to learn more about Welcome.US.


2170 E. Big Beaver Suite B
Troy, MI 48083

2080 Union Avenue SE Suite A
Grand Rapids, MI 49507

10800 W. Warren Ave, Ste 240
Dearborn, MI 48124

181 North Ave
Battle Creek, MI 49017

4341 S. Westnedge Suite 2000
Kalamazoo, MI 49009

26807 Ryan Road
Warren, MI 48091

Samaritas has an Amazon Wish List to help stock the pantries of refugees and their families. Anything donated from Amazon will be distributed to these needy families. Click the logo to support this great cause!

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School Impact Program

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We serve as a liaison with local K-12 schools, helping students with English instruction, translation and social adjustment.

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Legal Services

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We offer professional, immigration legal services for refugees, asylees and immigrants at nominal fees, to help them in achieve independence and stability in the United States. These services include assistance with adjustment of status, naturalization, travel documents, and family visa petitions.

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Youth Mentoring

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As positive role models, mentors share their knowledge and experience to help refugee youths adjust to differences they experience in the United States.

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Interested in Employing Refugees?

ATTENTION EMPLOYERS: You can register your company and post job opportunities for refugees through our new job portal. Samaritas is here to help serve your employment needs.

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Do you have refugee relatives overseas that you would like to bring to the US? The New Official Affidavit of Relationship (AOR) process allows Resettlement Agencies such as Samaritas to help reunite families (free of charge).

Please contact Lucy Mourad at Samaritas to see if your AOR case is eligible at: (586) 276-9126 or email

You may also contact Omar Abdul-Satar at Samaritas to see if your AOR case is eligible at: (248) 663-0652 or email

Want to help refugees in your community? You can show your support by giving a donation today!

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