Theresa Roosendaal has been serving in the Tri-Cities refugee community since 2004, when she began volunteering as a mentor for new arrivals through World Relief. In 2009, with the help of her church, and motivated by her ‘love for God, who made all people in his image and calls us to welcome the stranger’, Theresa founded the Family Learning Center in a one-bedroom apartment in central Kennewick. From the beginning, her vision for the ministry was formed around the values that are part of B5’s core values today, creating a safe and welcoming community where all people are treated with dignity and respect. As the community grew and others joined with the work, the church ministry became an independent 501(c)(3) and began working from 2 adjacent apartments. In 2022, the Family Learning Center changed its name to B5 as that is the name it has long been known by in the community. To date, staff and volunteers with B5 have helped more than 2,500 people from all over the world learn English, earn citizenship, prepare for life beyond high school, and become contributing members of our community. In 2022, Theresa earned a Master of Arts in Global Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary, which further equipped her to empower refugees, immigrants, and their families so they can thrive in their new home.