Serve in the Chicago Area
Refugees need to know they are not alone! A volunteer can make a profound difference in the life of a refugee.
A refugee’s fleeing is sudden and unplanned. In order to save their lives, they leave behind family, friends, homes, belongings, jobs and everything that is familiar. Refugees start their lives over in the U.S. with next to nothing and face the difficult challenge of learning a new culture and language. What’s more, refugees’ deepest wounds are often emotional. Even after reaching safety in the U.S., many refugees still struggle with fear and loneliness. They need welcome, friendship and a place to belong.
The Pack and New Neighbor programs below address these very issues.
Volunteers provide needed supplies to turn empty apartments into livable homes for newly arriving families. They help refugees practice English and introduce them to their new community. But most of all, volunteers help ease the loneliness and isolation experienced by so many refugees.
Provide a Pack
When refugees arrive in the U.S., they only have what they can carry. While refugees receive three months of help through a resettlement agency, starting over from scratch is daunting, both financially and emotionally. Through these Pack programs, volunteers can make a huge difference by providing essential supplies, food, and most especially, a warm welcome.
Welcome to America! Packs are delivered to refugees arriving in the City of Chicago (typically Rogers Park and West Ridge neighborhoods).
All other Packs are delivered to refugees living in DuPage County or Cook County.
Become a New Neighbor
When you become a New Neighbor, you are helping to ease the loneliness and isolation that many refugees experience when moving to a new country. These programs work to address cultural hurdles such as language, academics and citizenship, but also pave the way for beautiful, mutual friendships.