We develop relationships with the people in our neighborhood and city who are new to the United States. In addition to the groups listed below, we work closely with the Basic English Service.

English as a Second Language (ESL) Classes

Volunteer ESL tutors help refugees and others who are learning English to improve their English and get to know others as they make a make a home in Grand Rapids. See our Learn English brochure.


  • Tuesdays and Wednesdays
  • 10:00 – 11:30 am
  • Childcare provided


  • Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • 6:00 – 8:00 pm
  • Childcare: Infant to 5 years old; and 6 – 10 years old

ESL Spring Break

  • ESL will be on Spring Break during the first week of April. We will not have morning or evening classes on April 5,6, and 7
  • Classes will begin again on Tuesday, April 12 in the morning and evening.
  • Enjoy a short break from classes and we look forward to seeing you again on April 12!

Refugee Task Force (RTF)

RTF collaborates with refugee resettlement agencies in Grand Rapids to resettle refugees who are just arriving in the United States. RTF walks alongside families as they navigate the complexities of a new culture.