Imagine living in a foreign country.  The culture is different, the food is different, and the language is different.  Simple tasks like filling out a normal form for your child to go to school can be daunting and nearly impossible. “Simple” tasks to natives find easy become difficult tasks for immigrants.  Being an immigrant or refugee isn’t easy.  And figuring out life in a foreign country alone is even harder.  But it doesn’t have to be.  Having a native walk with you and talk you through those “simple” tasks can make living in a different country enjoyable and even life giving. God said to His people in Exodus 22:21 “…Remember, you yourselves were once foreigners in the land of Egypt.” Here are some tangible ways to help immigrants in our community:


Help Adults Learn English

Volunteer with Clarice Esslinger in her Adult English class at Lincoln Center by being an assistant (like a para) in the class. This can be a limited about of times or ongoing—you choose.

  • Come once and observe
  • Then see if you want to help out regularly (once a week for a set length of time)


Help People Learn How to Drive

Immigrants may have learned how to drive in their culture, but it might be different here in Minnesota with snow, culture, car care etc.  This is also a great way for immigrants to get to know the locals.

  • One hour a week
  • Until you and the student decide

For more information contact: Clarice Esslinger