IAFR Jonathan House

A nonprofit organization

$15,182 raised by 88 donors

84% complete

$18,000 Goal

Double the shelter. Double the hope.

5 years ago, Jonathan House was founded to help asylum-seeking refugees in Minnesota survive and recover from their ordeals. The original dream was to support two people in a single apartment. Today, we have capacity for 13 people across three sites in Minneapolis and St. Paul. 

Asylum seekers come to the US seeking protection from persecution and human rights violations, in hopes of finding safety and a normal life. While completing the years-long asylum process, they receive no government assistance and are not allowed to work for at least six months. They face many material challenges; the greatest one is the ability to find stable housing. This was Tamrat’s experience when he first arrived in the United States having fled persecution in his country of origin.

The first $5,000 given during Give to the Max will be doubled.


 Tamrat was lucky: he had one friend already living in the U.S. For a while, Tamrat was able to stay with him, but the situation wasn’t stable. Most asylum seekers, like Tamrat, receive support from other recent immigrants - people who are often already under-resourced.

“During that time, I didn't feel like Tamrat. I felt uncomfortable taking so much from my friend.”

Though he is highly educated and legally allowed to be present in the U.S. while his asylum case is being decided, for a long time Tamrat wasn’t legally allowed to work. With no means to provide for himself and his housing situation coming to an end, Tamrat didn’t know what to do. He was close to despair. Then he was accepted to move into Jonathan House. 

“For me finding Jonathan House is God's provision. I wonder sometimes if I hadn't come here whether I'd still be alive.”

You are the means by which God provides for asylum seekers like Tamrat. We need to raise $18,000 during our Give to the Max Day campaign to fully fund food and shelter for Tamrat and his housemates for the next year. 

We invite you to stand in solidarity with survivors like Tamrat. Give the gift of shelter, hope and healing today.

You are the means by which God provides for asylum seekers like Tamrat.


In the year since he arrived at Jonathan House, Tamrat has found stability and healing. He has become close with his housemates, men from different parts of the world also seeking asylum. He has been able to start working and also volunteers his time to support others. We are expecting a final answer on his asylum case any day, and we ask you to pray with us that he is able to stay safely in the U.S. This time is still hard, but he is hopeful and grateful that God brought him to Jonathan House. We are grateful, too, to have Tamrat as a brother in Christ. 

“You are our brothers and sisters since we left our family back home”

The support of the Jonathan House community was God’s provision during Tamrat’s time of despair. Your support today will help him move forward as he rebuilds his life. 

Over the last 5 years, Jonathan House has served 27 people like Tamrat - each of them with a story, skills, and dreams as unique as his. Soon, Tamrat will have a new housemate, our 28th resident. Over the next 5 years we hope that our community will grow with more resilient asylum-seeking friends, and also with neighbors like you ready to welcome them. 

Let's multiply this success story

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IAFR Jonathan House

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International Community Humanitarian Aid

BIPOC Serving

BIPOC Serving


IAFR 1400 Van Buren St. NE, Suite 200-244
Minneapolis, MN 55413


612 200 0321

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