The Refugee Development Center (RDC) is a grassroots organization offering formal and informal learning opportunities in an open and inclusive setting. The RDC opened in 2002 because the Greater Lansing community identified service area gaps for newcomer populations seeking self-sufficiency. The common denominator in the gaps identified revolved around education, and hence, the mission of the center was born. Today, the RDC helps serve as the link between newcomer populations and the private, public, and faith-based communities of Ingham County and the Lansing area.
Before the pandemic hit, Eastminster was partnering with RDC to offer ESOL classes for refugees. Eastminster volunteers offered hospitality and helped mentor and tutor students who met with RDC instructors twice weekly in Eastminster’s Fellowship Hall. We look forward to the day when we can return to in-person clases.