The Refugee Education Center

2130 Enterprise St. SE. Kentwood, MI 49508

“Supporting refugees in their journey to become fully participating members of the West Michigan community"
The Refugee Education Center was founded in 2006 by a passionate group of Somali Bantu refugees who, as an ethnic group in their native country, were persecuted and prohibited to receive formal education. Since 2006, their programs and services have expanded to address additional needs of families - serving over 4,500 refugees along the way. Their vision is to share the knowledge learned from a first-person perspective of navigating the education system and refugee services and ultimately supporting the estimated 25,000 refugees in West Michigan to become fully participating members of the community (via these program services) and help create a thriving, multicultural West Michigan community where all have an opportunity to pursue a better future.