St. Michael’s Homes for Children
When unaccompanied adolescents are referred to us by the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement, we work hard to reunite the children with relatives here in the U.S. or in their country of origin. Generally, these solitary children have entered our country lacking proper documentation and have been detained by immigration officials. As we plan to reunite them with their family, we house them at St. Michael’s Home in a safe, comfortable environment where they receive clothing, meals, mentoring, medical services, education and assistance in contacting family.
The program provides a safe and nurturing environment to all unaccompanied minors sent to the program by The Office of Refugee Resettlement through the Division of Unaccompanied Children Services.
The following services are provided: shelter, clothing, meals, medical checkups, education, legal assistance, and communication with relatives in the USA and in the countries of origin. The ultimate goal is that the minor be reunited with relatives either here in the USA or, if that is not possible, with relatives in their country of origin.
St. Michael’s staff includes a program administrator, program director, supervisors, clinicians, teachers and teacher aides, coordinators, social workers, cooks, youth care workers, registered nurse and clinic nurse assistant.
Children are referred to this program by the Office of Refugee Resettlement through the Division of Unaccompanied Children Services.
Only unaccompanied minors who have entered the USA without proper documentation and who were subsequently apprehended by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office are eligible for care. All clients need to be sent to the program by the Office of Refugee Resettlement via immigration officials.
There are no fees for this service.
Children from Central and South American countries are placed at St. Michael’s. Upon being granted family reunification, many stay in the U.S. with their families while others are returned to their countries of origin where families reside.