‘Private’ Church Group Funded by Government Resettling Refugees in Tennessee


This week, 35 Afghan refugees were resettled in Knoxville with the help of two nonprofits whose sole focus is bringing refugees to America.

Bridge Refugee Services Inc. is a Tennessee nonprofit whose mission is “to help refugees, those people who are fleeing because of persecution based on race, religion, political opinion, a pertinence to social group or escaping wars and violence, to be self sufficient as soon as possible,” according to its Executive Director Drocella Mugorewera.

Bridge has help with this resettlement work.

On its website, it lists its main national partner as Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM), another nonprofit group.

“Episcopal Migration Ministries’ vision honors both the Episcopal Church’s baptismal covenant and the historical role of the United States as a safe haven for those seeking freedom from oppression,” the website says. “EMM is committed to carrying these values and commitments forward into the future on behalf of the Church. EMM provides funding for resettlement services and early-employment programming.”

But while EMM claims affiliation with the Episcopal Church, it is barely funded at all by members of the church.

By its own admission, almost all of its funding comes from the federal government.

“While not separately incorporated, as is Episcopal Relief & Development, EMM receives very little money from the church-wide budget, instead receiving 99.5 percent of its funding from the federal government,” EMM admitted in a 2017 blog post.

The transparency of this type of arrangement is questionable at best.

It is impossible to know just how much money EMM rakes in from the federal government. Since it is incorporated through the church, it does not have to file an IRS 990 form with financial disclosures, but that money trickles down to groups like Bridge, who then settle migrants in cities and towns across America.

Of the many other refugee resettlement groups that are affiliated with religions, like the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HAIS) and Church World Services (CWS), most are required to file the IRS 990 form, which allows the public to see just how big of a business refugee resettlement is.

According to the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), HAIS received about $24.5 million from the federal government in 2016, more than half its budget.

CWS hauled in even more, tallying more than $68 million from the feds, accounting for 73.6 percent of its budget.

EMM says that 90 percent of its budget is used for resettling refugees, but that it keeps $2 million on hand for administrative costs. That means that its total budget would be in the neighborhood of $20 million.

It also claims that any budget surplus is returned to the federal government.

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Pete D’Abrosca is a contributor at The Tennessee Star and The Star News Network. Follow Pete on Twitter. Email tips to [email protected].





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5 Thoughts to “‘Private’ Church Group Funded by Government Resettling Refugees in Tennessee”

  1. Jay

    Does anyone check these people for priors?

  2. 83ragtop50

    I did not see mention of the Catholic Charities to whom Tennesseans owe a lot of the blame for the “not for profit” (but actually very profitable) for dumping “refugees” – mostly muslim – into Tennessee. The folks running these scams make me sick!

  3. Wolf Woman

    These refugee agencies are a scam that uses our tax dollars (the dollars whose worth is steadily going down due to printing more worthless paper) to help Afghan tribalists whose loyalty is not to the U.S. and its Constitution but to Political Islam. The “sacred” politics of Islam has its own sharia law that oppresses women and outsiders and calls for the death of apostates amongst other disgusting laws.

    These refugee agencies present themselves as supremely virtuous, while not only do they enrich themselves at our expense, but also their actions have the likely possibility of endangering our lives with lone wolf jihad attacks of rape and violence!

  4. JRin

    These organizations dump “refugees” in our towns and cities. They walk away with pockets stuffed with government (our) money, and leave the social mess for us to clean up.

  5. Islam grows in Knoxville, Tennessee. Too bad for all those tens of thousands of European and British women, girls, and boys, who were “groomed” by their gangs. In Europe, to groom, means to gang-raped. In Islam, that means, looking for a wife.

    25 people can become 5 terrorist cells. Fewer than 25, conducted the, September 11th, 2001, attacks on our nation, killing over 3,000 people. Enjoy the future, Knoxville.

    Tennessee WILL fall to the Democrats. In time. These actions, the cumulative affect of all actions like this, will ensure that outcome.

    All it will take is the combined populations of Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga, and Knoxville. Those four cities alone, can overcome the rest of Tennessee’s population, to become… “the majority”.

    All Biden had to do was win 17 percent of USA’s counties, to beat Trump. Voila, Joe Biden is our president. Biden & Harris, our leaders, only needed to win THE MOST populous cities (which are already Democrat controlled, almost like a plan), in each state, to control that state.

    And then, Tennessee becomes little California. Including more poopy streets, tent cities, and people from foreign lands washing America away, down, into the third-world.

    Say, “bye-bye”, to The Second Amendment. Which means, no more any other Rights. And America is dead. ~ Long live greed!

    Why are so many Tennesseans walking this path? Why are so many following the wrong people down into oblivion?