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Need for Refugee Youth Host Homes in Utah + $25 Leatherby's Gift Card UT GIVEAWAY! -CLOSED-

Guest Post by Casherie

Ensign Peak Services announces a significant need for refugee youth host homes along the Wasatch Front!

Host homes are foster homes for unaccompanied refugee minors - children and youth who have lost their parents, have no other means of support and cannot go back to their native country. The United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) identifies and sends children to Utah from Africa, Asia, and Latin America. They are eligible for this program up to the age of 21. Ensign Peak Services anticipates need for 10-12 new youth who will be seeking refuge in Utah. Host homes are reimbursed by Ensign Peak Services for the care and love they provide to the refugee children.

Most of our refugee children are teenagers. The tragedy that is occurring in Africa and Asia makes it very difficult for young children to survive. The children that do survive, typically have older siblings who carry them the long distances they have to walk.

These teenagers are amazing and have overcome so many challenges! They are excited to learn English, gain employment, and become US citizens. They are legal immigrants and have Medicaid to meet any health needs. Many of them love soccer and dancing. They are so full of life and joy!

If your interested in becoming a licensed foster care family, please see

attend an Open House on February 9 from 11am-3pm 
held at the Ensign Peak Services office located at 
2860 West 4700 South, Suite B Salt Lake City, UT 
call 801-982-1404 for additional information. 
Open House will have door prizes and a light lunch! 

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Michelle P. said…
I had no idea there was a program like this for refugee youth in Utah. What a great service!
Tawnya said…
I learned about Speak Up. It is a program for refugee youth to tell their immigration story and have it produced into a video.
Adrianne Miller said…
I learned about the Great Utah Shake Out program. Cool!
RedBarn said…
It would be good to know if you could pick a certain age/gender to better fit in your specific home.
Randi said…
I learned from their Pinterest page how to care for introverts and extroverts! Very useful information to have!
Anonymous said…
Glad you are helping these kids.
Naazju said…
I had no idea there was a foster program for refugees. Thanks for all the good work you do!
Anonymous said…
What a great program.
Scott W. said…
I Learned the "Drop, Cover and Hold On" protocol to protect myself during an earthquake.
alcee said…
I did not know there was a justforyouth website what a great tool
Maria K said…
I learned "Our mission is to connect foster care children with parents/adults who care for them & prepare them to be healthy and responsible adults. We know that people who care really do make a difference!"
jennafish said…
i learned about introverts and extroverts
kimberly said…
I had no idea there was something like this in place, naive, I know. I just had never thought about doing something like this but after reading about everything, this is something I'd like to consider! I'd like to be able to be someone to make a difference!
Anonymous said…
I learned that there is room in my heart and home to be a foster parent.
A said…
What a great program. One day when my home is empty of my kids, I hope to be able to help out other kids! :)

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