Refugee Service Center

The RSC is a ministry of Disciples of the Way. Located at 6500 Greenville Ave in Suite 190, the Refugee Service Center is right in the heart of the Vickery Meadow Area which is home to over 35,000 refugees.

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

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

RSC Vision: Making disciples of all nations by building a network of relationships within the refugee community and following God’s command to love and serve our neighbors.

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.

The RSC program furthers DOW’s vision and mission to see disciples of the cross from all nations one day standing before the throne of the lamb in heaven.

Outreach Services

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

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.

This relational discipleship is the backbone to the great commission in Matthew.

“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

“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

“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

“Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace be to this house!’ And if a son of peace is there, your peace will rest upon him. But if not, it will return to you. And remain in the same house, eating and drinking what they provide, for the laborer deserves his wages. Do not go from house to house. Whenever you enter a town and they receive you, eat what is set before you. Heal the sick in it and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’” – Luke 10:5-9

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

“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

“So those who received his word were baptized, … And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” – Acts 2:41-42

“And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.” – 2 Timothy 2:2

Our Staff have done an excellent job of reaching out to their communities, and have brought in many new neighbors with a variety of needs, whom we have been able to connect with and enroll in DOW’s RSC programs to help improve their lives.

The variety of nationalities that we have been able to serve are a direct reflection of our staff’s commitment to their respective communities.

The largest need across the communities has been assistance in finding jobs.  The RSC has also helped our neighbors apply for healthcare, affordable housing, food stamps, and citizenship classes.

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.