Refugee Services of Texas - Houston

Refugee Services of Texas - Houston Founded in 1978, Refugee Services of Texas is a social service agency dedicated to resettling and providing services to refugees. The RST Houston office began operating in 2003 to provide resettlement services to refugees and other displaced persons through an affiliation with Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service.

Since that time, more than 1,300 refugees have been assisted.

Operating as usual

Did you know?#DidYouKnow #RamadanMubarak #Ramadan #knowledgeispower #buildcommunity #allarewelcome #openheartsfreshstart...
04/23/2021

Did you know?

#DidYouKnow #RamadanMubarak #Ramadan #knowledgeispower #buildcommunity #allarewelcome #openheartsfreshstarts

Did you know?

#DidYouKnow #RamadanMubarak #Ramadan #knowledgeispower #buildcommunity #allarewelcome #openheartsfreshstarts

We're just 10 days away from our April Saturday Book Club! Join RST at 10AM on Saturday, April 24th for an incredible co...
04/18/2021

We're just 10 days away from our April Saturday Book Club!

Join RST at 10AM on Saturday, April 24th for an incredible conversation with our April book authors of Standing in the Way: From Trafficking Victim to Human Rights Activist, Anjali Tamang and Sarah Symons.

No time to read the book? THAT'S OKAY! Come enjoy the discussion and learn more about Anjali's story, and how you can be a better advocate for survivors of trafficking in your community!

Click on link below to register and grab your copy of Standing in the Way!

https://www.facebook.com/events/2858776657725205

#saturdaybookclub #bookclub #fighthumantrafficking #enditmovement #allarewelcome #openheartsfreshstarts

We're just 10 days away from our April Saturday Book Club!

Join RST at 10AM on Saturday, April 24th for an incredible conversation with our April book authors of Standing in the Way: From Trafficking Victim to Human Rights Activist, Anjali Tamang and Sarah Symons.

No time to read the book? THAT'S OKAY! Come enjoy the discussion and learn more about Anjali's story, and how you can be a better advocate for survivors of trafficking in your community!

Click on link below to register and grab your copy of Standing in the Way!

https://www.facebook.com/events/2858776657725205

#saturdaybookclub #bookclub #fighthumantrafficking #enditmovement #allarewelcome #openheartsfreshstarts

Did you know?#DidYouKnow #RamadanMubarak #Ramadan #knowledgeispower #buildcommunity #allarewelcome #openheartsfreshstart...
04/16/2021

Did you know?

#DidYouKnow #RamadanMubarak #Ramadan #knowledgeispower #buildcommunity #allarewelcome #openheartsfreshstarts

Did you know?

#DidYouKnow #RamadanMubarak #Ramadan #knowledgeispower #buildcommunity #allarewelcome #openheartsfreshstarts

Kawthar, age 10, is as old as the Syrian conflict. She doesn’t remember her home but regularly talks to her uncles and g...
04/14/2021

Kawthar, age 10, is as old as the Syrian conflict. She doesn’t remember her home but regularly talks to her uncles and grandparents, who still live there. “I am always scared for them,” she says. “But when I talk to them, I feel happy because they usually spoil me and give me happy nicknames.”

Kawthar’s father works in construction, but the opportunities are limited and the family is struggling. “I don’t have toys, but it’s okay. I play with my younger siblings a lot,” she says. When she’s not in school, Kawthar spends time in UNICEF’s Makani centres, where she is learning Arabic, English, and mathematics. She dreams of becoming a judge, to create a more just world.

https://unsdg.un.org/latest/stories/ten-years-conflict-ten-refugee-experiences

📸: Unicef

Kawthar, age 10, is as old as the Syrian conflict. She doesn’t remember her home but regularly talks to her uncles and grandparents, who still live there. “I am always scared for them,” she says. “But when I talk to them, I feel happy because they usually spoil me and give me happy nicknames.”

Kawthar’s father works in construction, but the opportunities are limited and the family is struggling. “I don’t have toys, but it’s okay. I play with my younger siblings a lot,” she says. When she’s not in school, Kawthar spends time in UNICEF’s Makani centres, where she is learning Arabic, English, and mathematics. She dreams of becoming a judge, to create a more just world.

https://unsdg.un.org/latest/stories/ten-years-conflict-ten-refugee-experiences

📸: Unicef

With the overwhelming response to the CWS Women in Resettlement Webinar during Texas Refugee Advocacy Week, the women ar...
04/13/2021

With the overwhelming response to the CWS Women in Resettlement Webinar during Texas Refugee Advocacy Week, the women are coming together for a bigger discussion!

Join us TOMORROW to hear refugee and SIV women discuss what it means to be a refugee or Special Immigrant Visa holder, and what it is like to work in refugee resettlement. The event speakers will include Aisha Koroma, Dina Al Bayati, and Geeta Farahmand Rahimi.

Register for this virtual event through our link below- seats are limited!

https://bit.ly/WomenInResettlement2

#texaslovesrefugees #welcomerefugees #standwithrefugees #womeninresettlement #buildcommunity #knowyourneighbor #allarewelcome #openheartsfreshstarts

State Rep. Ana Hernandez, D-Houston, wants the help of the state’s hair stylists in identifying and rooting out potentia...
04/12/2021
What hair stylists see and hear could save lives, Texas lawmaker says

State Rep. Ana Hernandez, D-Houston, wants the help of the state’s hair stylists in identifying and rooting out potential cases of sexual abuse and domestic violence.

House Bill 404 would require anybody with a cosmetology license to receive sexual assault and domestic violence awareness training before they could renew their licenses.

The new training would be a part of the existing continuing education curriculum, which includes lessons on identifying signs of human trafficking.

https://www.kwtx.com/2021/03/18/what-hair-stylists-see-and-hear-could-save-lives-texas-lawmaker-says/

#fighthumantrafficking #enditmovement #knowledgeispower

One Texas lawmaker wants to enlist hair stylists in identifying victims of abuse and domestic violence cases

Ramadan Mubarak to all of our clients, staff and members of the community observing Ramadan!Help us BUILD community thro...
04/12/2021

Ramadan Mubarak to all of our clients, staff and members of the community observing Ramadan!

Help us BUILD community through education about the individuals and families we serve! Join RST us over the next several weeks to learn more about Ramadan and how you support our new neighbors in Texas during this season of spiritual reflection!

#ramadan #ramadanmubarak #buildcommunity #knowledgeispower #allarewelcome #openheartsfreshstarts

Ramadan Mubarak to all of our clients, staff and members of the community observing Ramadan!

Help us BUILD community through education about the individuals and families we serve! Join RST us over the next several weeks to learn more about Ramadan and how you support our new neighbors in Texas during this season of spiritual reflection!

#ramadan #ramadanmubarak #buildcommunity #knowledgeispower #allarewelcome #openheartsfreshstarts

We're partnering with our friends at Kendra Scott for Mother's Day! Treat the women in your life to a beautiful gift fro...
04/10/2021

We're partnering with our friends at Kendra Scott for Mother's Day! Treat the women in your life to a beautiful gift from Kendra Scott while giving doing GOOD and giving back to the community!

Save the date for May 8th and 9th - we'll be at the Highland Village store in Dallas OR you can shop to your heart's desire online! Enter code GIVEBACK-17LV at checkout and 20% of proceeds will benefit Refugee Services of Texas!

#dogood #giveback #treatyourself #mothersday #empowerwomen #allarewelcome

We're partnering with our friends at Kendra Scott for Mother's Day! Treat the women in your life to a beautiful gift from Kendra Scott while giving doing GOOD and giving back to the community!

Save the date for May 8th and 9th - we'll be at the Highland Village store in Dallas OR you can shop to your heart's desire online! Enter code GIVEBACK-17LV at checkout and 20% of proceeds will benefit Refugee Services of Texas!

#dogood #giveback #treatyourself #mothersday #empowerwomen #allarewelcome

Looking forward to this impactful conversation!
04/08/2021

Looking forward to this impactful conversation!

"We live in a time of great upheaval. War or weather, loss of health or wealth upend lives and toss people up on unfamiliar shores. How we go on to find purpose and meaning after the unthinkable is the purpose of my work." Angela Blanchard is a globally recognized expert practitioner in community development and long-term recovery. She will share stories and strategies with us on April 19th and 26th; for more information or to register ($50 for the series), visit houstonseminar.org or bit.ly/3wBt3hV

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“The families of refugees and their supporters, including 124 elected officials, sent President Joe Biden a letter Tuesd...
04/07/2021
Refugee families, supporters and 124 elected official urge Biden to keep promise to up admissions

“The families of refugees and their supporters, including 124 elected officials, sent President Joe Biden a letter Tuesday urging him to make good on his promise to boost refugee admissions to the United States during the current budget year, replacing the record low number set by his predecessor.

This continues to have a devastating impact on people in dire need of humanitarian protection,” states the letter signed by the families of refugees, resettlement agencies and 124 state and local elected officials from 35 states."

https://www.baltimoresun.com/news/nation-world/ct-aud-nw-biden-refugees-promises-20210406-srhzymbwdnfvrdmp5a6sd5cese-story.html

#welcomerefugees #Texaswelcomesrefugees #allarewelcome #openheartsfreshstarts

The families of refugees and their supporters sent Biden a letter urging him to make good on his promise to boost refugee admissions to the United States during the current budget year.

04/05/2021

We're gearing up for our Saturday Book Club featuring Standing in the Way: From Trafficking Victim to Human Rights Activist by Anjali Tamang and Sarah Symons on Saturday, April 24th!

This compelling memoir shares Anjali’s incredible story of being trafficked at age twelve from her village in Nepal to the red light areas of Kolkata, India. Despite enduring the worst abuse imaginable, today Anjali is working to combat trafficking and protect the next generation of girls in her community.

We'll start our Saturday's book club meeting hosting a Q&A with BOTH authors Anjali Tamang and Sarah Symons and break into smaller community groups after to go even deeper into a discussion about the incredible story, Standing in the Way.

Register for our April Saturday Book Club and hear part of Anjali's story shared at our Amplify Austin event through our link below:

https://www.facebook.com/events/2858776657725205

#saturdaybookclub #standingintheway #fighthumantrafficking #enditmovement #standwithsurvivors #allarewelcome #openheartsfreshstarts

From our families to yours, have a safe and Happy Easter!
04/04/2021

From our families to yours, have a safe and Happy Easter!

From our families to yours, have a safe and Happy Easter!

“Growing up, I had no idea what refugees actually go through,” said Madeleine Babbitt. “There aren’t just immigrants, th...
04/02/2021
PATH students write poetry to raise refugee awareness

“Growing up, I had no idea what refugees actually go through,” said Madeleine Babbitt. “There aren’t just immigrants, there are people like refugees that have to go. Not that they want to go, but they have to.”

“Coming from a privileged home, growing up in America, having this refugee unite really helped me see the different sides of this refugee crisis that we’re having,” Julia Lowery added.

https://www.hollandsentinel.com/story/news/education/2021/03/14/path-program-students-look-raise-refugee-awareness-poems/4650696001/

Students in Hope College's PATH program wrote poems that they hope will raise local awareness for the global refugee crisis.

Join our team of staff to serve communities across Texas- we're hiring!!Check out all of our open positions and send in ...
04/02/2021

Join our team of staff to serve communities across Texas- we're hiring!!

Check out all of our open positions and send in your application using the link below, we can't wait to meet you!

https://www.rstx.org/make-an-impact/careers.html

#nowhiring #welcomerefugees #standwithasylees #fighthumantrafficking #makeadifference #bethechange #allarewelcome #openheartsfreshstarts

Join our team of staff to serve communities across Texas- we're hiring!!

Check out all of our open positions and send in your application using the link below, we can't wait to meet you!

https://www.rstx.org/make-an-impact/careers.html

#nowhiring #welcomerefugees #standwithasylees #fighthumantrafficking #makeadifference #bethechange #allarewelcome #openheartsfreshstarts

“Every time I sit in front of a sewing machine, I remember my mother-in-law. She was an expert in the so-called Aghabani...
03/29/2021
How Traditional Syrian Embroidery Made This Mother and Refugee Her Family’s Breadwinner - CARE

“Every time I sit in front of a sewing machine, I remember my mother-in-law. She was an expert in the so-called Aghabani embroidery, a machine-based technique specific to Syria, mainly Aleppo, my hometown that I miss terribly,” says 50-year-old Mona Zeinati, a mother of four."

https://www.care.org/news-and-stories/culture/syrian-embroidery/

After fleeing war in Syria, Mona Zeinati now runs her own workshop, where she works with other Syrian women in sewing and embroidery.

We're searching for Mandarin speaking volunteers across Texas who want to serve with RST! As our programs continue to gr...
03/27/2021

We're searching for Mandarin speaking volunteers across Texas who want to serve with RST! As our programs continue to grow, so do the languages our clients speak!

Contact your local Community Engagement Coordinator by visiting the LOCATIONS page at www.rstx.org to start using your amazing skills today!

#welcomerefugees #standwithasylees #fighthumantrafficking #buildcommunity #allarewelcome #openheartsfreshstarts

“As a former refugee myself from Kenya, I’ve grown up and know the challenges and the struggles that refugees face comin...
03/26/2021
PHOTO SLIDESHOW: Former refugee and St. Thomas student uses degree to help other refugees

“As a former refugee myself from Kenya, I’ve grown up and know the challenges and the struggles that refugees face coming to a new country, and I saw fashion as a way to make supporting revenue more accessible to these refugees,” Malim said.

Now that Malim’s business idea has come to life, Epimonía makes a variety of products, and the proceeds go to helping refugees in the United States. The products are made from recycled material from life jackets worn by refugees on the Mediterranean Sea. The company has donated $45,000 to refugees since 2018 and has used over 500 recycled life jackets in its products."

https://www.tommiemedia.com/news/former-refugee-and-st-thomas-student-uses-degree-to-help-other-refugees/

Mohamed Malim, former refugee and 2018 St. Thomas graduate, created the idea for a business called Epimonía for the 2018 Fowler Business Concept Challenge to help support refugees in the United Sta…

We're in it to WIN it! RST has some INCREDIBLE volunteers who are running the Austin Marathon to support the families we...
03/23/2021

We're in it to WIN it! RST has some INCREDIBLE volunteers who are running the Austin Marathon to support the families we serve!

Help us support and cheer on the Run for Refugees Team on April 25th- you can join the team as a runner, cheer them on at the race or help the team reach their goal of raising $1,000 for refugees!

Click on link below for more information- we'll see you at the finish line!

https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/refugee-services-of-texas3

#austinmarathon #runforrefugees #welcomerefugees #allarewelcome

Mélanie Carrier and Olivier Higgin’s latest feature documentary, Wandering, A Rohingya Story made its Canadian debut las...
03/21/2021
Documentary portraying life at the world’s largest refugee camp makes Canadian debut | Fringe Arts

Mélanie Carrier and Olivier Higgin’s latest feature documentary, Wandering, A Rohingya Story made its Canadian debut last month. The Quebec City-based filmmakers take us into the daily lives of persecuted Rohingyas who have sought refuge in southeast Bangladesh.

https://thelinknewspaper.ca/article/documentary-portraying-life-at-the-worlds-largest-refugee-camp-makes-canadian-debuts

Mélanie Carrier and Olivier Higgin’s latest feature documentary, Wandering, A Rohingya Story made its Canadian debut last month.

Join us NEXT WEDNESDAY for Women in Refugee Resettlement! We'll speak with refugee and SIV women to discuss what it mean...
03/19/2021

Join us NEXT WEDNESDAY for Women in Refugee Resettlement! We'll speak with refugee and SIV women to discuss what it means to be a refugee or Special Immigrant Visa holder and what it is like to work in refugee resettlement.

Our speakers will include Aisha Koroma, Dina Al Bayati, and Geeta Farahmand.

Register for this virtual event here: http://bit.ly/WomenInResettlement

#welcomerefugees #standwithrefugees #womeninresettlement #texaslovesrefugees #texasrefugeeadvocacyweek

Help RST kickoff Texas Refugee Advocacy Week!Join RST alongside our partners at CWS for an update on refugee resettlemen...
03/17/2021

Help RST kickoff Texas Refugee Advocacy Week!

Join RST alongside our partners at CWS for an update on refugee resettlement at the national and state level. We will be joined by an advocacy expert from Church World Service, a refugee leader from Texas, and faith leaders from multiple faith traditions.

Mark your calendar for March 22nd to learn how YOU can support refugee resettlement in Texas! Register through the link below:

https://bit.ly/TexasWebinar1

#welcomerefugees #standwithrefugees #refugeeresettlement #texasrefugeeadvocacyweek #allarewelcome #openheartsfreshstarts

Interested in learning more about, creating or being a part of an Apartment Set Up team?! Apartment set up teams are res...
03/15/2021

Interested in learning more about, creating or being a part of an Apartment Set Up team?! Apartment set up teams are responsible for creating a welcoming environment for our new arrivals by cleaning, shopping and setting up apartments to create a home.

Join RST for an information meeting/training on Tuesday, March 23 at 3:00PM CST! We'll go through the details of what it means to be an apartment setup team!

Click on our Volunteer link below, create a volunteer profile and register to join us today!

https://rstx.volunteerhub.com/

#welcomerefugees #standwithasylees #apartmentsetup #volunteer #give #donate #openheartsfreshstarts

Spring is almost here- sunshine, bluebonnets and no need for wearing layers! Be short-sleeve and tank top ready with som...
03/13/2021
Refugee Services of Texas Swag

Spring is almost here- sunshine, bluebonnets and no need for wearing layers! Be short-sleeve and tank top ready with some RST swag- and help share RST's mission throughout your community year-round!

Grab your RST merch through our link below for a limited time- now through April 30th!

https://rstx.eventgroovefundraising.com/rstmerchandise

#swag #merch #RST #welcomerefugees #standwithasylees #fighthumantrafficking #allarewelcome #openheartsfreshstarts

 

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7211 Regency Square Boulevard, Suite 203
Houston, TX
77036

General information

The RST Houston Service Center recently implemented a program to provide case management and supportive services to unaccompanied immigrant children (UAC) released from federal custody. Contact RST Houston or our Administration to learn how you can help!

Opening Hours

Monday 08:30 - 16:30
Tuesday 08:30 - 16:30
Wednesday 08:30 - 16:30
Thursday 08:30 - 16:30
Friday 08:30 - 16:30

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(713) 644-6224

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