The Hope Center for Refugees and Immigrants

As of the winter of 2018, BHITC is the proud new owners of the building it has rented in for the last three years, known as The Hope Center for Refugees and Immigrants!

In 2015, the building was gifted to Gateway West Church from West Park Christian Reformed Church, which gathered there for 60+ years.  As God has redirected the steps of these churches, He’s repurposing the building, perfectly located among a huge refugee and immigrant community, for new plans He has to reach people!

BHITC befriends refugees and immigrants at the command of Jesus, who told us to not only welcome strangers, but also treat them as though they are family.

With the restrictions of being a renter and sharing space removed, The Center will focus on creating the ideal environment for refugees to gather, learn and become more connected to each other and to local residents and friends.  Watch for an expansion of hours and programs, not to mention renovations, this fall!

The Hope Center for Refugees and Immigrants in West Park is BHITC’s satellite hub for services to refugees and immigrants living in West Park, Lakewood and surrounding areas.

The Hope Center opened in February of 2015, and since that time, daily visits have increased by more than 650 percent!  Just as BHITC hoped and prayed, The Hope Center has become much more than solely a place for operating programs – it also gives refugees and immigrants a place to belong.

Located at 15135 Triskett Road, The Hope Center offers programs and services through weekly recurring classes, by appointment and also for walk-ins.  Read below for more information.

The Hope Center’s Wish List

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For a detailed monthly calendar of The Hope Center’s events and classes click here.

Classes Offered

  • Citizenship – Assistance to prepare individuals for the US Citizenship exam
  • Low Beginners’ English – Entry-level English classes for those with little or no English skills
  • High Beginners’ English – English classes for those with some English skills and experience
  • Intermediate English – English classes for those with moderate to good English skills
  • Tutoring – One-on-one tutoring is provided by loving volunteers to refugee kids of all ages
  • Ladies’ Yoga – Relaxation and stretching exercise class for women
  • Ladies’ Zumba – Fast-paced, dancing-style fitness class for women

Assistance provided by appointment:

  • Job help through ASIA, Inc. – Provides cultural and linguistic information and services
  • Starting a business through ECDI – Provides small business and start-up loans to entrepreneurs
  • Legal Services – BHITC is certified by The US Department of Justice to provide fee-based immigration aid services through the Bureau of Immigration Appeals (BIA) Accreditation

Walk-in assistance available:

  • Resume building
  • Job search assistance
  • Computer-based English classes

Contact The Hope Center for more information at (216) 241-9400.

For more information on volunteer opportunities at The Hope Center, click here..

Refugee and Immigrant Ministries

Mentoring Ministries

Pairing refugees with groups of local citizens to increase cultural understanding and the sharing of social capital.

Immigration Assistance

The Bureau of Immigration Appeals (BIA) and the Department of Homeland Security have certified BHITC as a source for fee-based immigration aid services.

ESL / Citizenship Preparation

Our staff and volunteers provide tutoring for learning English and preparing for the U.S. citizenship exam.

Economic Development

BHITC and its partners assist refugees and immigrants in securing employment, purchasing homes and the startup of micro-enterprises.

School of Young Leaders (SOYL)

In 2017, BHITC launched SOYL (pronounced “soil”) to make a deeper impact on young adult refugees. SOYL combines biblical teaching with leadership development and whole-life mentoring. As a result, a new generation of leaders will be raised up for our community and the Church.

Coaching Congregations

Guidance for churches seeking to integrate these populations into the rhythms of congregational life and ministry that embraces cultural diversity.

Refugee Services Collaborative

Refugee Services Collaborative (RSC) is a group of Cleveland organizations that have joined together to better serve the rising numbers of refugees resettling in Northeast Ohio. It includes the three Cuyahoga County refugee resettlement agencies and area school systems, healthcare providers, and community and faith-based organizations. Building Hope in the City is a founding member of the RSC.