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

Featuring recipes and stories from refugees, trafficking survivors, and asylum seekers, "Plated Stories: Legacies from H...
11/16/2021

Featuring recipes and stories from refugees, trafficking survivors, and asylum seekers, "Plated Stories: Legacies from Home to Table" is a book that builds bridges, place, time and humanity through story. . . Coming in 2022!

Follow us on Instagram to get a look behind the scenes as we continue production! @refugeeservicesoftexas

Featuring recipes and stories from refugees, trafficking survivors, and asylum seekers, "Plated Stories: Legacies from Home to Table" is a book that builds bridges, place, time and humanity through story. . . Coming in 2022!

Follow us on Instagram to get a look behind the scenes as we continue production! @refugeeservicesoftexas

Join Families Belong Together and the Welcome with Dignity Campaign on Wednesday, November 17th at 6pm CT for a screenin...
11/12/2021

Join Families Belong Together and the Welcome with Dignity Campaign on Wednesday, November 17th at 6pm CT for a screening of short documentary "Oh Mercy - Searching for Hope in the Promised Land" followed by a panel including the film's director, immigration activists, and more.

The film and panel will speak to the latest immigration policies, the experiences of those seeking safety in the U.S. and those supporting asylum seekers, as well as how you can take action for immigrant justice.

Register here: https://domesticworkers.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_G1JHlLHvRsSMfICDK5eWDw

Join Families Belong Together and the Welcome with Dignity Campaign on Wednesday, November 17th at 6pm CT for a screening of short documentary "Oh Mercy - Searching for Hope in the Promised Land" followed by a panel including the film's director, immigration activists, and more.

The film and panel will speak to the latest immigration policies, the experiences of those seeking safety in the U.S. and those supporting asylum seekers, as well as how you can take action for immigrant justice.

Register here: https://domesticworkers.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_G1JHlLHvRsSMfICDK5eWDw

11/11/2021

Our friends at Refugee Services of Texas are hosting a winter clothing drive. Please share this post and donate if you can!

We can't thank you enough for the support you've shown our clients in the Houston area. Now, our clients in the Rio Gran...
10/12/2021

We can't thank you enough for the support you've shown our clients in the Houston area. Now, our clients in the Rio Grande Valley could use some support.

Our RGV site primarily serves survivors of trafficking through the Survivors of Trafficking Empowerment Program (STEP) program. They are in need of donations, and we've made it easy with an Amazon wish list. Make a difference today! https://bit.ly/RGV_Amazon

We can't thank you enough for the support you've shown our clients in the Houston area. Now, our clients in the Rio Grande Valley could use some support.

Our RGV site primarily serves survivors of trafficking through the Survivors of Trafficking Empowerment Program (STEP) program. They are in need of donations, and we've made it easy with an Amazon wish list. Make a difference today! https://bit.ly/RGV_Amazon

Our October Book Club meeting is THIS Saturday! We’ll be joined by author Rosayra Pablo Cruz for a Q&A session - you won...
10/11/2021

Our October Book Club meeting is THIS Saturday! We’ll be joined by author Rosayra Pablo Cruz for a Q&A session - you won’t want to miss it.

Compelling and urgently important, The Book of Rosy is the unforgettable story of one brave mother and her fight to save her family. When Rosayra “Rosy” Pablo Cruz made the agonizing decision to seek asylum in the United States with two of her children, she knew the journey would be arduous, dangerous, and quite possibly deadly. But she had no choice: violence—from gangs, from crime, from spiraling chaos—was making daily life hell. Rosy knew her family’s one chance at survival was to flee Guatemala and go north.

Register here: http://bit.ly/RSTBookClub

Our October Book Club meeting is THIS Saturday! We’ll be joined by author Rosayra Pablo Cruz for a Q&A session - you won’t want to miss it.

Compelling and urgently important, The Book of Rosy is the unforgettable story of one brave mother and her fight to save her family. When Rosayra “Rosy” Pablo Cruz made the agonizing decision to seek asylum in the United States with two of her children, she knew the journey would be arduous, dangerous, and quite possibly deadly. But she had no choice: violence—from gangs, from crime, from spiraling chaos—was making daily life hell. Rosy knew her family’s one chance at survival was to flee Guatemala and go north.

Register here: http://bit.ly/RSTBookClub

RST volunteers continue to amaze us each and every day. Rebecca McAllister and her Welcome Team from The Church of Jesus...
09/29/2021

RST volunteers continue to amaze us each and every day. Rebecca McAllister and her Welcome Team from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have been an integral part in building community and welcoming refugees in the Houston area. They warmly greet the families at the airport, collect donations, assemble furniture, and check in on the families after their arrival. We at RST are so thankful for Rebecca and her team!

Find out how you can join or start a Welcome Team in your area here: https://www.rstx.org/make-an-impact/welcome-teams.html

Virtual Book Club is Back!Join us on Saturday, October 16th at 10:00AM CST for our Saturday Book Club featuring The Book...
09/01/2021

Virtual Book Club is Back!

Join us on Saturday, October 16th at 10:00AM CST for our Saturday Book Club featuring The Book of Rosy: A Mother's Story of Separation at the Border with author Rosayra Pablo Cruz. Register at our FB event or here: https://bit.ly/RSTBookClub

Compelling and urgently important, The Book of Rosy is the unforgettable story of one brave mother and her fight to save her family. When Rosayra “Rosy” Pablo Cruz made the agonizing decision to seek asylum in the United States with two of her children, she knew the journey would be arduous, dangerous, and quite possibly deadly. But she had no choice: violence—from gangs, from crime, from spiraling chaos—was making daily life hell. Rosy knew her family’s one chance at survival was to flee Guatemala and go north.

Please join us as we dive in with a Q&A with authors Julie Collazo and Rosayra Pablo Cruz, lead by RST's Development Director Ashley Faye! See you there!
#openheartsfreshstarts #standwithasylees #asylumseekers #asyleestories #allarewelcome

Virtual Book Club is Back!

Join us on Saturday, October 16th at 10:00AM CST for our Saturday Book Club featuring The Book of Rosy: A Mother's Story of Separation at the Border with author Rosayra Pablo Cruz. Register at our FB event or here: https://bit.ly/RSTBookClub

Compelling and urgently important, The Book of Rosy is the unforgettable story of one brave mother and her fight to save her family. When Rosayra “Rosy” Pablo Cruz made the agonizing decision to seek asylum in the United States with two of her children, she knew the journey would be arduous, dangerous, and quite possibly deadly. But she had no choice: violence—from gangs, from crime, from spiraling chaos—was making daily life hell. Rosy knew her family’s one chance at survival was to flee Guatemala and go north.

Please join us as we dive in with a Q&A with authors Julie Collazo and Rosayra Pablo Cruz, lead by RST's Development Director Ashley Faye! See you there!
#openheartsfreshstarts #standwithasylees #asylumseekers #asyleestories #allarewelcome

Some updates on volunteering and donating! For more ways to support, check out https://www.rstx.org/make-an-impact/#Afgh...
08/26/2021

Some updates on volunteering and donating! For more ways to support, check out https://www.rstx.org/make-an-impact/
#AfghanRefugees #SaveOurAfghanAllies #KeepOurPromise #welcomerefugees #volunteer #donate #give #allarewelcome #openheartsfreshstarts

Latina helps create scholarships for immigrant and refugee students to go to collegeTo help fundraise, she decided to se...
08/21/2021
Latina helps create scholarships for immigrant and refugee students to go to college

Latina helps create scholarships for immigrant and refugee students to go to college

To help fundraise, she decided to self-publish a poetry book titled “Pink Poems Tan Thoughts,” available on Amazon or in Barrio Logan at The Art Hub in the Thirty & Flirty Shop.

Sinai Cota knows of hardships first-hand; she was homeless and without parents

Wars have always had civilian victims. But it was the scale of the two world wars of the early 20th century that prompte...
08/19/2021
Who counts as a refugee?

Wars have always had civilian victims. But it was the scale of the two world wars of the early 20th century that prompted governments to draw up international laws to protect some of the people displaced by them.

https://www.economist.com/the-economist-explains/2021/07/27/who-counts-as-a-refugee?utm_campaign=the-economist-today&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_source=salesforce-marketing-cloud

The definition agreed on by governments 70 years ago is hard to apply to many of today's forcibly displaced people | The Economist explains

When he just was 12, the war in Syria turned Sam's life upside down and made continuing his education impossible. But no...
08/17/2021
Refugee Council - Corporate Partnerships (Starbucks)

When he just was 12, the war in Syria turned Sam's life upside down and made continuing his education impossible. But now, with a job at Starbucks, he is getting back on his feet.

https://vimeo.com/357365055

Short film showing how The Refugee Council's corporate partnership programme has helped to change the lives of refugees by helping them into employment. The…

08/17/2021

"In the wake of the United States’ withdrawal from Afghanistan, thousands of Afghan nationals and their family members who gave everything to help the American military have now found themselves in grave danger.

Refugee Services of Texas is working with our national refugee resettlement partners and the U.S. government to offer protection and resettlement opportunities to these brave Afghans and their families."

Find our full statement at www.rstx.org and learn more about how you can make an impact to help Afghan families arriving in the U.S. today.

In California, you might notice a Cambodian influence at doughnut shops corner to corner. This is the result of a 1970s ...
08/15/2021

In California, you might notice a Cambodian influence at doughnut shops corner to corner. This is the result of a 1970s refugee, Ted Ngoy. The documentary “The Donut King” tells his incredible rags-to-riches tale. Streaming on Hulu.

https://gazette.com/pikes-picks/pikes-pick-documentary-chronicles-refugee-who-built-douhghnut-empire/article_6c44034e-df90-11eb-ba53-cf5c2637f9cd.html

In California, you might notice a Cambodian influence at doughnut shops corner to corner. This is the result of a 1970s refugee, Ted Ngoy. The documentary “The Donut King” tells his incredible rags-to-riches tale. Streaming on Hulu.

https://gazette.com/pikes-picks/pikes-pick-documentary-chronicles-refugee-who-built-douhghnut-empire/article_6c44034e-df90-11eb-ba53-cf5c2637f9cd.html

Refugee Olympic Team weightlifter Cyrille Tchatchet's incredible journey reveals not only the power of sport to transfor...
08/12/2021
The refugee weightlifter giving back as mental health nurse

Refugee Olympic Team weightlifter Cyrille Tchatchet's incredible journey reveals not only the power of sport to transform the lives of people who have fled home, but also the valuable contributions they can make to their new communities when given the chance.

https://www.unhcr.org/news/stories/2021/7/6103feb64/refugee-weightlifter-giving-mental-health-nurse.html

Having found help during tough times after arriving in the UK, Cyrille Tchatchet was inspired to study nursing alongside training to compete at the Tokyo Olympic Games.

With $40 in hand, just the clothes on their backs and one bag of belongings between them, Niphaphone Sanavongsay's famil...
08/10/2021
Lao author's book documents family's refugee journey, racial struggles

With $40 in hand, just the clothes on their backs and one bag of belongings between them, Niphaphone Sanavongsay's family arrived in America in 1979 as Laotian refugees fleeing the Southeast Asian nation in the grips of a civil war.

Niphaphone spent the first two years of her life in a refugee camp in Thailand before journeying with her parents and two older brothers to Kingsport, Tennessee. The family later settled in Elgin -- home to a large Laotian refugee population.

https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20210711/lao-authors-book-documents-familys-refugee-journey-racial-struggles

With $40 in hand, just the clothes on their backs and one bag of belongings between them, Niphaphone Sanavongsay's family arrived in America in 1979 as Laotian refugees fleeing the Southeast Asian nation in the grips of a civil war. In her book, Niphaphone "Laura" Robertson chronicles her journey an...

Abwe Ekumange waited 14 years to come to the U.S. as a refugee. Now, he wants to make a difference for others with disab...
08/08/2021
Refugee Impact: Escaping war, facing discrimination, coming to the US to make a difference

Abwe Ekumange waited 14 years to come to the U.S. as a refugee. Now, he wants to make a difference for others with disabilities.

https://www.weareiowa.com/video/news/national/refugee-impact-escaping-war-facing-discrimination-coming-to-the-us-to-make-a-difference-polio/524-02decb20-f4ba-49dc-97a7-001e4f43c24c

Abwe Ekumange waited 14 years to come to the U.S. as a refugee. Now, he wants to make a difference for others with disabilities.

Thank you to our friends at Emerson and Emerson's Hispanic Employee Resource Group (ERG) for their generous donation of ...
08/06/2021

Thank you to our friends at Emerson and Emerson's Hispanic Employee Resource Group (ERG) for their generous donation of $3,000!

ERG focuses on support and engagement initiatives on behalf of Hispanic and Latin American employees at Emerson. RST looks forward to supporting our clients and continuing our mission thanks to organizations like Emerson.

Learn more about our community partnerships at www.rstx.org and how you can be a part of the action!

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

Thank you to our friends at Emerson and Emerson's Hispanic Employee Resource Group (ERG) for their generous donation of $3,000!

ERG focuses on support and engagement initiatives on behalf of Hispanic and Latin American employees at Emerson. RST looks forward to supporting our clients and continuing our mission thanks to organizations like Emerson.

Learn more about our community partnerships at www.rstx.org and how you can be a part of the action!

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

Our Survivors of Trafficking Empowerment Program (STEP) Team is hiring* in Austin, Dallas and Houston - start your caree...
08/04/2021

Our Survivors of Trafficking Empowerment Program (STEP) Team is hiring* in Austin, Dallas and Houston - start your career working with survivors of trafficking and make a deeper impact on your community!

Click on our link below to learn more and apply or visit the Careers link at rstx.org - we can't wait to have you on our team!

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

*Spanish language proficiency highly preferred

Six athletes from the fields of swimming, athletics, canoeing and Taekwondo have been selected for the Refugee Paralympi...
08/02/2021

Six athletes from the fields of swimming, athletics, canoeing and Taekwondo have been selected for the Refugee Paralympic Team at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

: UNHCR

https://www.sportanddev.org/en/article/news/six-athletes-make-refugee-paralympic-team-tokyo-games

Six athletes from the fields of swimming, athletics, canoeing and Taekwondo have been selected for the Refugee Paralympic Team at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

: UNHCR

https://www.sportanddev.org/en/article/news/six-athletes-make-refugee-paralympic-team-tokyo-games

We're just THREE weeks away from RST's August Saturday Book Club featuring Enrique's Journey by Sonia Nazario!Enrique’s ...
07/30/2021

We're just THREE weeks away from RST's August Saturday Book Club featuring Enrique's Journey by Sonia Nazario!

Enrique’s Journey recounts the unforgettable quest of a Honduran boy looking for his mother, eleven years after she is forced to leave her starving family to find work in the United States. Braving unimaginable peril, often clinging to the sides and tops of freight trains, Enrique travels through hostile worlds full of thugs, bandits, and corrupt cops. But he pushes forward, relying on his wit, courage, hope, and the kindness of strangers.

Register through our link below to join us on Saturday, August 21st at 10AM to hear from the author and dive more into this incredible story!

https://bit.ly/RSTAugustBookClub

#saturdaybookclub #bookclub #enriquesjourney #welcomerefugees #standwithasylees #buildcommunity #openheartsfreshstarts

We're just THREE weeks away from RST's August Saturday Book Club featuring Enrique's Journey by Sonia Nazario!

Enrique’s Journey recounts the unforgettable quest of a Honduran boy looking for his mother, eleven years after she is forced to leave her starving family to find work in the United States. Braving unimaginable peril, often clinging to the sides and tops of freight trains, Enrique travels through hostile worlds full of thugs, bandits, and corrupt cops. But he pushes forward, relying on his wit, courage, hope, and the kindness of strangers.

Register through our link below to join us on Saturday, August 21st at 10AM to hear from the author and dive more into this incredible story!

https://bit.ly/RSTAugustBookClub

#saturdaybookclub #bookclub #enriquesjourney #welcomerefugees #standwithasylees #buildcommunity #openheartsfreshstarts

Today, July 28th, RST joins people across the globe to honor the 70th anniversary of the Refugee Convention and celebrat...
07/28/2021

Today, July 28th, RST joins people across the globe to honor the 70th anniversary of the Refugee Convention and celebrate the courage and resilience of refugees who have been forced to flee their homes and rebuild their lives.

The 1951 Refugee Convention laid the foundation for humanitarian protection laws and acknowledges the responsibility of the global community to protect and support those seeking refuge.

As we face the worst global displacement crisis in history - with more than 31 million refugees displaced globally - it is vital that the U.S. live up to its moral values to welcome and treat all people with dignity and respect.

Join us in calling on President Joe Biden and leaders around the globe to reaffirm their commitment to refugee protection! Click on our link below to sign the #WelcomeWithDignity Pledge today!

https://actionnetwork.org/forms/pledge-to-welcomewithdignity/thankyou

Today, July 28th, RST joins people across the globe to honor the 70th anniversary of the Refugee Convention and celebrate the courage and resilience of refugees who have been forced to flee their homes and rebuild their lives.

The 1951 Refugee Convention laid the foundation for humanitarian protection laws and acknowledges the responsibility of the global community to protect and support those seeking refuge.

As we face the worst global displacement crisis in history - with more than 31 million refugees displaced globally - it is vital that the U.S. live up to its moral values to welcome and treat all people with dignity and respect.

Join us in calling on President Joe Biden and leaders around the globe to reaffirm their commitment to refugee protection! Click on our link below to sign the #WelcomeWithDignity Pledge today!

https://actionnetwork.org/forms/pledge-to-welcomewithdignity/thankyou

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8323 Southwest Freeway Suite 850
Houston, TX
77074

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!

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Monday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Tuesday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Wednesday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Thursday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm

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Featuring recipes and stories from refugees, trafficking survivors, and asylum seekers, "Plated Stories: Legacies from Home to Table" is a book that builds bridges, place, time and humanity through story. . . Coming in 2022! Follow us on Instagram to get a look behind the scenes as we continue production! @refugeeservicesoftexas
Join Families Belong Together and the Welcome with Dignity Campaign on Wednesday, November 17th at 6pm CT for a screening of short documentary "Oh Mercy - Searching for Hope in the Promised Land" followed by a panel including the film's director, immigration activists, and more. The film and panel will speak to the latest immigration policies, the experiences of those seeking safety in the U.S. and those supporting asylum seekers, as well as how you can take action for immigrant justice. Register here: https://domesticworkers.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_G1JHlLHvRsSMfICDK5eWDw
We can't thank you enough for the support you've shown our clients in the Houston area. Now, our clients in the Rio Grande Valley could use some support. Our RGV site primarily serves survivors of trafficking through the Survivors of Trafficking Empowerment Program (STEP) program. They are in need of donations, and we've made it easy with an Amazon wish list. Make a difference today! https://bit.ly/RGV_Amazon
Our October Book Club meeting is THIS Saturday! We’ll be joined by author Rosayra Pablo Cruz for a Q&A session - you won’t want to miss it. Compelling and urgently important, The Book of Rosy is the unforgettable story of one brave mother and her fight to save her family. When Rosayra “Rosy” Pablo Cruz made the agonizing decision to seek asylum in the United States with two of her children, she knew the journey would be arduous, dangerous, and quite possibly deadly. But she had no choice: violence—from gangs, from crime, from spiraling chaos—was making daily life hell. Rosy knew her family’s one chance at survival was to flee Guatemala and go north. Register here: http://bit.ly/RSTBookClub
RST volunteers continue to amaze us each and every day. Rebecca McAllister and her Welcome Team from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have been an integral part in building community and welcoming refugees in the Houston area. They warmly greet the families at the airport, collect donations, assemble furniture, and check in on the families after their arrival. We at RST are so thankful for Rebecca and her team! Find out how you can join or start a Welcome Team in your area here: https://www.rstx.org/make-an-impact/welcome-teams.html
Virtual Book Club is Back! Join us on Saturday, October 16th at 10:00AM CST for our Saturday Book Club featuring The Book of Rosy: A Mother's Story of Separation at the Border with author Rosayra Pablo Cruz. Register at our FB event or here: https://bit.ly/RSTBookClub Compelling and urgently important, The Book of Rosy is the unforgettable story of one brave mother and her fight to save her family. When Rosayra “Rosy” Pablo Cruz made the agonizing decision to seek asylum in the United States with two of her children, she knew the journey would be arduous, dangerous, and quite possibly deadly. But she had no choice: violence—from gangs, from crime, from spiraling chaos—was making daily life hell. Rosy knew her family’s one chance at survival was to flee Guatemala and go north. Please join us as we dive in with a Q&A with authors Julie Collazo and Rosayra Pablo Cruz, lead by RST's Development Director Ashley Faye! See you there! #openheartsfreshstarts #standwithasylees #asylumseekers #asyleestories #allarewelcome
Some updates on volunteering and donating! For more ways to support, check out https://www.rstx.org/make-an-impact/ #AfghanRefugees #SaveOurAfghanAllies #KeepOurPromise #welcomerefugees #volunteer #donate #give #allarewelcome #openheartsfreshstarts
Latina helps create scholarships for immigrant and refugee students to go to college To help fundraise, she decided to self-publish a poetry book titled “Pink Poems Tan Thoughts,” available on Amazon or in Barrio Logan at The Art Hub in the Thirty & Flirty Shop.
Wars have always had civilian victims. But it was the scale of the two world wars of the early 20th century that prompted governments to draw up international laws to protect some of the people displaced by them. https://www.economist.com/the-economist-explains/2021/07/27/who-counts-as-a-refugee?utm_campaign=the-economist-today&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_source=salesforce-marketing-cloud
When he just was 12, the war in Syria turned Sam's life upside down and made continuing his education impossible. But now, with a job at Starbucks, he is getting back on his feet. https://vimeo.com/357365055
"Refugee Services of Texas is closely monitoring the situation in Afghanistan and lending support wherever we can. We stand ready, willing, and able to work with our national resettlement partners, elected representatives, and the military to process and resettle as many people as possible." Learn more about how you can help welcome these newly arrived SIV's and refugees to Texas communities at www.rstx.org/make-an-impact/