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 in two short years, it now sees 300+ refugees and immigrants on a weekly basis. 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 (Gateway West Church), The Hope Center is open Mondays and Wednesdays from 8 am – 8 pm. Programs and services are available through weekly recurring classes, by appointment and also for walk-ins, so read below for more information.  Thank you to Larry Ropka and Grace CMA Church in Middleburg Heights for the production and use of this video.

The Hope Center’s Wish List

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Class Schedule

Mondays and Wednesdays:

  • 9:00 am Citizenship – Assistance to prepare individuals for the US Citizenship exam
  • 9:00 am Low Beginners’ English – Entry-level English classes for those with little or no English skills
  • 9:00 am High Beginners’ English – English classes for those with some English skills and experience
  • 11:30 am Intermediate English – English classes for those with moderate to good English skills
  • 5:30 pm High Beginners’ English – English classes for those with some English skills and experience
  • 5:30 pm Tutoring – One-on-one tutoring is provided by loving volunteers to refugee kids of all ages

Mondays only:

  • 4:00 pm Ladies’ Yoga – Relaxation and stretching exercise class for women

Wednesdays only:

  • 4:00 pm 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
  • Immigration assistance – BHITC is certified by The US Department of Justice to provide fee-based immigration aid services through the Bureau of Immigration Appeals (BIA) Accreditation
  • Ohio Benefits Bank (OBB) – an internet-based, counselor-assisted service that connects low- and moderate-income families to tax credits and work supports. For more information about OBB, click here.

Walk-in assistance available:

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

Contact The Hope Center for more information at (216) 513-4762.

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

For a detailed August calendar for The Hope Center, click here. For a detailed September calendar, click here.

BHITC leads the Church’s welcome of refugees and immigrants to Cleveland.  Our staff of community workers, along with hundreds of volunteers, provide for early resettlement needs, helping these future Americans adjust to their new lives in Northeast Ohio. Using it relationship-centric approach, BHITC then works to develop the God-given assets of these newcomers so that they can flourish in our city and contribute meaningfully to its vitality.

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.

Arabic Community Outreach

Specialized ministries for Arabic-speaking mothers and children.

Economic Development

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

Coaching Congregations

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

About Refugee Services Collaborative

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BHITC is a founding member of the Refugee Services Collaborative of Greater Cleveland (RSC), a collaboration of more than a dozen organizations serving refugees in Northeast