Lisa La Vallee

Two new Afghan families arrive safely in Hyde Park

Thanksgiving 2021 marked the arrival of two new Afghan families to the neighborhood. The first family of five arrived a week before the holiday. The second family of four arrived the following week from Texas. They arrived at O’Hare with three large duffle bags and two young girls. The three-year-old daughter rode on her father’s …

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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 2019 Summer Enrichment Camp Doubles the Fun

Although the long days of summer provide a needed break from the hustle and bustle of the school year, studies indicate that the “summer slide,” as it is known, can take a toll, especially on kids for whom English is not the first language. For the second consecutive year, the Hyde Park Refugee Project has …

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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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REGISTER! Lesson Planning 101: Feb. 2nd

On Saturday, February 2, 2019, 10:00am – 12:30pm, Literacy Works will host a hands-on workshop at Augustana Lutheran Church. Participants will learn and practice some of the basics of ABE and ESL lesson planning. They’ll practice writing clear, measurable objectives and building our lessons around them. They’ll also discuss two types of lessons for adult …

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Good news!

  Dear friends, You recently received a request for donations to finance the purchase of Chromebook laptops for the refugee children we are working with at the middle school and high school levels. We are extremely happy to report that our goal of $5,000 has not only been met but exceeded. We are now determining …

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