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 Read More

Hyde Park Refugee Project kicked off its third annual summer camp last week! Forty-four kids, ages four to 12, from 20 refugee families signed up for the camp that transitioned from in-person to online this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Thanks to the generous donations of Refugee Project supporters and a $5,000 grant from the Religious Read More

Originally published June 22, 2020 We, the hyde park refugee project, are thrilled to report that we have exceeded our goal of raising $10,000 to support refugee families in our neighborhood, and we could not have done it without you! All of the families we work with have been impacted in some way by covid-19. Read More

Originally published: March 20, 2020 Dear HPRP Community, As many of you know, we have spent the last few months preparing to resettle a new family. We have been gathering new volunteers and building a welcome team, fundraising, and hunting for an apartment to house them. We’ve been thinking about furniture and household goods, schools, Read More

Published MARCH 25, 2020 The Hyde Park Refugee Project is asking for donations to help refugee families living in the neighborhood affected by the recent coronavirus outbreak. The organization, composed entirely of volunteers, assists 45 people across six families, many of whom have suddenly found themselves struggling with additional instability.“They are in the group of Read More

Original story appeared in Hyde Park Herald on January 8, 2020 by Samantha Smylie The Hyde Park Refugee Project is planning to resettle a new family in 2020. As the organization has grown in the last year, co-founders Dorothy Pytel and Lisa Jenschke are ready to take new challenges that await them. Through 2019, the Read More

Dear Friends and Neighbors, Since 2016, the Hyde Park Refugee Project has brought our South Side community together to help refugee families resettle in Hyde Park and make a successful transition to life in their new country. As we continue to expand our work, we look to you for support. The Project has grown significantly Read More

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 Read More

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 Read More

Original story appeared in the Hyde Park Herald on May 1, 2019 RefugeeOne, the largest resettlement agency in Illinois, honored Hyde Park Refugee Project with the Lighting the Path Forward Award at its gala on April 27. “It’s been our privilege to partner with them to light the path forward for refugees, and it’s inspiring Read More

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