Cooking Up Community

A pair of University of Chicago Laboratory Schools seventh graders are using their love of cooking to help shine a light on the Hyde Park Refugee Project. Saanika Dutta and Orlie Weitzman cofounded Cooking up Community, a lunchtime school club that raised $410 selling home-made donuts, cupcakes, cookies and muffins to hungry middle- and high …

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One long voyage: Hyde Parkers welcome first Afghan refugees

Written by Andrea Holliday for Hyde Park Herald on December 1, 2021. Click here to read the original story. The Taliban takeover of Afghanistan three months ago left thousands of people, both native and foreign, fearing for their lives. On news and social media, people were consumed with worry about the safety of Americans and Afghans living …

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To settle and support more families, Refugee Project will expand

This story by Andrea Holliday originally appeared in the Hyde Park Herald on May 18, 2021 With the country opening to more refugees, the five-year-old Hyde Park Refugee Project is entering a new phase of its existence: a time of great expansion and a rapidly spreading web of partnerships. Their new goal, in tune with …

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As Biden plans to boost refugee acceptance, local volunteers gear up with new fundraiser

Buoyed by President-elect Joe Biden’s pledge to greatly multiply the number of refugees admitted to the U.S., the Hyde Park Refugee Project (HPRP) is pulling its boots on. Their Winter Appeal on GoFundMe will raise dollars to continue supporting families already settled in the neighborhood, while also preparing the group to welcome new neighbors in 2021.  For …

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Hyde Park Refugee Project Gives More Than $10,000 To Resettled Families Amid The Pandemic

The original story appeared in Block Club Chicago on July 28, 2020 by Maxwell Evans. HYDE PARK — In the months before the coronavirus pandemic, Hyde Park Refugee Project organizers planned to help a family resettle on the South Side through partner agency RefugeeOne. That all changed when the pandemic hit and “resettlement [was] completely closed down by …

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