Refugees and Immigrants

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"The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt.” – Leviticus 19:34

Welcome to our Global Neighbors

Salem Alliance Church has a heart to extend the love of Jesus to refugees and immigrantsWe believe that the Church is called to be at the forefront of welcoming global neighbors to our community, learning from them, and walking alongside them as they establish a new home in Salem.

Our ministry to refugees & immigrants is called Baraka, which means “blessing” in a variety of languages. Through Baraka we seek to bless our global neighbors with God’s love through long-term practical, social & spiritual support. Our programs include Airport Welcomes, Women’s English Classes, Immigration Legal Services, and the International Prayer Gathering, alongside our partnerships with Salem For Refugees and All Nations Soccer.

Baraka Ministries

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The Airport Welcome Team greets new refugee families at the Portland Airport and provides transportation back to their new home in Salem.
Send us an email to join the team.


Baraka offers English classes for women. These classes provide an opportunity to learn English and build community. Childcare and transportation are provided.


We are in the process of getting certified to provide high-quality, low-cost immigration legal services through an organization called Immigrant Connection. We anticipate a launch date of August 2024.


The International Prayer Gathering is a place where refugees, immigrants and friends from all over the world gather every Sunday to worship and pray in multiple languages.

Our Partners


We partner with Salem For Refugees, our local refugee resettlement agency, to support the initial resettlement process for refugees coming to our city. To volunteer as a Host Home or a Good Neighbor Team, click the link below.


We partner with New Hope Foursquare Church to offer weekly opportunities for community and discipleship around the most popular global sport. To learn more or get involved, email Doug Holcomb below.


Doug and Anya Holcomb, Pastors of Refugee Ministries, are here to help. Reach out to them and they'd be happy to
connect with you.