Mission & Vision

The RSC is a ministry of Disciples of the Way located right in the heart of the Vickery Meadow, which is home to over 35,000 refugees.

God has brought refugees to our neighborhood so that his light may shine in the darkness.

RSC Mission: Providing outreach services to the nations that God has placed in our neighborhood, building relationships through service and compassion to make disciples of the cross from all nations.

RSC Vision: To see refugees flourish as God pours out his Spirit and blessings on the community through Christians acting with compassion in His name.

And he made from one man
every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth,
having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place,
that they should seek God,
and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him.
Yet he is actually not far from each one of us

– Acts 17:26-27

RSC Guiding Theology

Disciples of the Way ministries firmly believes that in order to make disciples, one must first build a relationship with that person through compassion and service.

Compassion & Service

Jesus is our example of serving through compassion:

When he went ashore he saw a great crowd,
and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd.
And he began to teach them many things.” – Mark 6:34

For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve,
and to give his life as a ransom for many.” – Mark 10:45

Relationships & Discipleship

Christians are called to build relationships and walk alongside people on the long path of discipleship and sanctification.

We are Christ’s ambassadors. God is making his appeal through us, imploring people to be reconciled to God!

Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ,
God making his appeal through us
We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
– 2 Corinthians 5:20

We are called to inspire people to praise God through the light of our life and witness in the darkness of the world. We must honor Jesus Christ by respectfully sharing the reason for our light of hope and love.

In the same way, let your light shine before others,
so that they may see your good works
and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” – Matthew 5:16

But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy,
always being prepared to make a defense
to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you;
yet do it with gentleness and respect.” – 1 Peter 3:15

True love is found in genuine relationships build through compassion and service.

Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.” – 1 John 3:18

We love because he first loved us.” – 1 John 4:19

After all, let’s keep in mind:

The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness,
but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish,
but that all should reach repentance.” – 2 Pt 3:9

Outreach Services

The largest need across the communities has been for assistance in finding jobs.  The RSC has also helped our neighbors apply for healthcare, adjust to the American lifestyle, find affordable housing, apply for food stamps, and register for classes to help them improve their life.

RSC’s outreach services include: 

  • Employment Assistance

    RSC staff help our neighbors apply for jobs and build resumes.

  • US Lifestyle

    Lifestyle assistance is an acculturation service that helps our neighbors adjust to, adapt, and adopt American culture and understand our American system.

  • Assistance connection

    Refugees need help to get started with their new life in America. Safety net programs help refugee families get on their feet, if they can access the right programs. RSC staff help families sign-up for programs which can set them on the path to self-sufficiency.

  • In Home Assistance

    Occasionally during a Home Visit, a problem comes to light that need to be addressed immediately.

  • Translation

    One of the most necessary forms of assistance is translation help communicating with service providers, medical staff, etc. Language learning is a long and difficult process and there can be many barriers to language acquisition. DOW is committed to removing as many of these barriers as possible by offering daytime and evening English classes for free.

  • Immigration

    The RSC does not help with or file green card or citizenship applications due to legal restrictions. However, RSC staff do help our neighbors with translation communication with USCIS and procedural assistance with travel loans. Refugees often cannot afford the price of the airplane ticket to come to the US and take out a travel loan to come to this land of opportunity. They start their lives in America in debt and work to pay off their loan first. 

  • Housing

    RSC staff help our neighbors apply for low-income housing and find housing in emergency cases. RSC does not resettle refugees when they first come into the country.

  • Medical

    Many refugees need assistance navigating the American Healthcare system, making appointments, calling in refill prescriptions, and communicating with doctors.

DOW’s Refugee Service Center has connected many new neighbors with a variety of needs to services which have helped improve their lives.

The variety of nationalities that DOW has been able to serve is a direct reflection of our staff’s commitment to helping all the refugee communities.

Have questions?

Please contact RSC Director, Hisham, at 214-369-1232 ext. 105 or email us.

Looking for ways to help?

Volunteers are always needed. Contact us for opportunities.