The day started out like any ordinary Tuesday. We were gathered for our regular weekly meeting when Dorothy received a call from Refugee One informing her that a second family (a family of eight!) was due to arrive in Chicago in three days! Apparently, our first family was friends with the second family and had reached out to Refugee One to see if they could help transfer the second family to Hyde Park . Happily, Refugee One was able to accommodate,, but the apartment we had secured was completely empty. This was going to be a challenge.
Immediately, the meeting transformed into a flurry of activity designed to ensure the apartment was fully stocked and furnished in time to receive family #2. Switching into high gear, the team issued an all-hands request for last-minute donations of furniture, household items, kitchen supplies, gift cards and clothing to ensure that an inviting home awaited our second family upon arrival.