Who We Serve: For nearly 35 years, Freedom House Detroit has been a refuge for indigent survivors of persecution. Our residents fled their homelands because, according to their governments, they loved the wrong person, prayed to the wrong god, or spoke the wrong truth. For these trespasses, they were threatened, jailed, and, in most cases, tortured.
What We Do:
- Our residents receive all of the basic necessities: food, shelter, and clothing.
- Our in-house lawyers guide our residents through the arduous and traumatic task of applying for asylum.
- Our partnering agencies provide medical and mental health services so critical to the healing and recovery process.
- Our staff and volunteers teach our residents the life skills needed to thrive in the US, including the English language, employment readiness, and acculturation.
- As our residents progress through the asylum and healing processes, they move from our community house to a transitional home of their own.
- We are the only organization in the nation providing all of these services free of charge.
How We Succeed: The Freedom House Detroit model has made us a leader in asylum assistance programs. Free wrap-around services, in-house legal assistance, community living, and on-site case management mean our residents gain asylum at a higher rate than those attempting to navigate the system alone.
In 2016, over 90% of our residents entered into permanent, independent housing. And, in that same year, 16 of our graduates gained asylum.
With Your Help: The asylum process takes years. Some residents who applied for asylum in 2015 are just now, in 2017, being called for their asylum interviews. Their lack of status means they are not eligible for government benefits that would otherwise help lower the costs of providing services.
It is not enough that the Statue of Liberty calls forth those who are “tempest-tost” and “yearning to breathe free.” At Freedom House Detroit, we do the work that backs up her promise. And, when you donate, you make our work possible.