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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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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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Hyde Park Refugee Project Assists Refugee Families’ Transition to New Housing

The Hyde Park Refugee Project, a volunteer-run organization involving more than 500 community volunteers supporting refugee families living in our neighborhood, recently helped two refugee families find and relocate to new homes.  One of the biggest issues confronting refugee families is lack of affordable housing. In the summer of 2019, two Syrian families needed to …

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Refugee One to Honor the Refugee Project and Hold Upcoming Workshop

We have exciting news! RefugeeOne, the largest refugee resettlement organization in Illinois, will be honoring the work of the Hyde Park Refugee Project at their gala April 27th! Following is an excerpt from the gala invitation: HONOREE RefugeeOne is proud to honor The Hyde Park Refugee Project. Since this volunteer-led organization got started in 2016, we …

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