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Private Sponsorship: A New Pathway to Welcome Refugees

The U.S. government has launched a new legal pathway for refugees to resettle in the U.S. Groups of five or more private citizens can now welcome, support, and assist refugees as they rebuild their lives and integrate into their communities. 

Your Exodus Team will walk alongside groups as they complete an application with Welcome Corps, then raise funds to help refugees during their first 90 days here. Groups will secure and prepare housing, greet newcomers at the airport, enroll children in school, help adults to find jobs, and most of all, provide a warm welcome and friendship to our newest refugee neighbors. Learn more about Private Sponsorship here.

In this exciting new chapter of resettlement, your Exodus Team is mobilizing private sponsor groups and preparing to equip and support them. If you’re interested in learning more, we want to connect with you! Please contact Carissa Zaffiro, Mobilization Manager, at

Community Center: Bringing Together Refugees and Volunteers

A community center will offer a new place of connection for refugees and volunteers. Located close to the homes of refugee friends, this comfortable space will provide ample opportunities for new classes and gatherings. Soon refugee students will meet with mentors for homework help, conversation groups can come together over a cup of tea to practice English, and more.

We are currently vetting locations in DuPage County for the new center.

Jobs Pilot: Helping Refugees Find Meaningful Employment

Another exciting initiative will connect refugees with meaningful employment opportunities. In this pilot program, New Neighbor volunteers will help refugees prepare for jobs provided by partner companies. Relationships will form and strengthen as volunteers and refugees practice English needed for their new job, fill out applications, and navigate employment preparation together. Meaningful employment provides dignity and enables refugees to support their families well.

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