Give so refugees can give back.

When you give to The Refugee Education Center, you’re giving children and families the opportunity to participate to their full potential in the community.

Your generosity helps refugees become more integrated into the fabric of West Michigan. They will go on to revitalize neighborhoods, launch small businesses, increase the global competitiveness of local industries and help cultivate a diverse cultural landscape. That enhances the quality of life for all of us, so thank you for your kindness!


trains one local teacher at our Converging Paths Conference


pays for 8 hours of volunteer tutor training


sends a student through our summer program


provides 10 hours of school liaison services for a newly arrived family


provides after-school tutoring and homework help for a student

Financial Donations

Use the Donate Form on this page to securely pay online with a credit card.

Or, mail a check to:

The Refugee Education Center
2130 Enterprise St SE
Kentwood, MI 49508

The Refugee Education Center is a Section 501(c)(3) nonprofit and your donation may qualify as a charitable deduction for tax purposes. Please consult your tax advisor for details.

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Community Partners

We are grateful to the following organizations for their support:

  • Sebastian Foundation
  • W.K. Kellogg Foundation
  • Amway Global – One by One
  • Lacks Enterprises, Inc.
  • Keller Foundation
  • Wege Foundation

We depend on Tutors, Interpreters, Drivers and Interns

In-Kind Donations

Gifts of supplies and other materials are always much appreciated. Please see the lists below and contact Susan Kragt ( to arrange delivery.

After School Tutoring Program

  • Bulk individual snacks (the healthier the better! no gelatin, please)
  • Bulk individual drinks
  • Pencils and pencil sharpeners
  • Printer paper
  • Lined paper (notebooks or loose leaf)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Paper towels
  • Clorox wipes
  • Workbooks (K -12)
  • Books for grades K-12 (no religious books, please!)
  • Gift cards to local bookstores – any amount is helpful

After School Peer Support Groups

  • Healthy individually-wrapped snacks (granola bars, whole wheat pretzels, trail mix, etc.)
  • Bulk individual fruit juice or water
  • Middle and High School-level health education materials
  • Oil pastels and watercolor paints
  • Larger construction paper and/or sketch paper
  • Acrylic paints
  • Cheap paintbrushes or sponge brushes
  • Small canvases
  • Lined paper (notebooks or loose leaf)

For our Parent Workshops:

Healthy snacks (we would love for this to include fresh fruit if the donation can be arranged with our workshop schedule)


  • Educational posters and bulletin board materials (all grade levels)
  • College brochures and posters

In Their Own Words

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