Lisa La Vallee

Join us for a refugee resettlement community dialogue, Sept 16, 11 – 2 p.m.

After surviving unimaginable trauma and navigating significant hurdles just to get to America, refugees face the daunting task of starting over in a new country with few resources and often little education or familiarity with the language or culture. Transitioning to life in the US means intensive ESL classes, rounds of doctor visits, school enrollments for …

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Laboratory Schools community mobilizes to support Hyde Park Refugee Project

The Spring 2017 issue of Lab Life, the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools magazine, explains how Lab teachers, parents, staff and students galvanized to help HPRP bring two Syrian families to Hyde Park. “I think that we have a sense that we are very privileged in our lives and in our school community, and we …

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LSTC, neighborhood partners welcome refugee families

HPRP volunteer Sara Trumm, Program Coordinator, A Center for Christian-Muslim Engagement for Peace and Justice, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, recounts the story of LSTC’s early involvement in the Hyde Park Refugee Project. The story (copied below) was published in LSTC Winter 2017 Epistle. It was 18 months ago that staff, faculty and students from …

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Our second family arrives

One week before the second family was due to arrive, volunteers stepped up in a big way to make the apartment ready for its new occupants. They organized, made curtains, shopped, donated furniture, clothes, food, kitchen supplies and gift cards, cleaned, put together furniture, hung pictures, picked up and delivered furniture, made beds, decorated and fussed over details.  Especially heartwarming was …

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Our first family arrives

On December 23, 2017, the Hyde Park Refugee Project, in partnership with RefugeeOne, welcomed its first refugee family to Hyde Park. Forced to flee their home in Aleppo, Syria due to the escalating violence and conflict there, the family of five made their way to Turkey where they eventually received permission to resettle in the US.

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