Northwood Christmas Offering 2017 – Jonathan House

Jonathan House is an International Association for Refugees (IAFR) project responding to the pressing need for temporary housing among asylum seekers in Minneapolis/St. Paul. But, more than shelter, Jonathan House extends practical help, strategic connections, and a welcoming community to help our new friends recover from forced displacement and begin to rebuild their lives. Jonathan House is the only scattered site housing ministry focused specifically on asylum seekers in the Twin Cities.

An asylum seeker is a person who has fled from his or her country and seeks legal and physical protection (asylum) as a refugee in another country.

Asylum Seeker Facts
-Asylum Seekers are not illegal, they have legal status under International Law.
-Ineligible for government and refugee resettlement assistance until they are granted asylum (2-5 years).
-Barred from employment an average of 1-2 years.
-Asylum Seekers are from Ethiopia, Myanmar, Cameroon, Liberia, Syria, Nigeria, Palestine, Ghana, China, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, plus many more countries.
-262,000 new asylum claims were filed in the United States in 2016.
-1,800 people currently seeking asylum in Minnesota.

Jonathan House Facts
-Jonathan House provides each resident with housing, food, and transportation.
-One year of operation for two houses equals $56,000. ($30,000 has already been raised!)
-It costs $8,000 on average to fully support an asylum seeker for one year.
-Length of stay varies: 6-24 months depending on each person’s circumstances.

For questions or more information, please contact Sarah Miller at or 763.360.1661.

Please designate gifts for Jonathan House on your giving envelope or check. Click here to give online.

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