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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

The Refugee Experience: Background Information for Teachers and Tutors Wednesday, March 14, 2018 6:00 – 8:30 pm Indo American Center 6328 N. California Ave. Chicago, IL 60659 Are you a tutor, or do you want to become one and work with students from refugee backgrounds? Literacy Works will offer a training session on Wednesday, March Read More

Volunteers and donations needed for recently resettled family from the Congo Through our collaboration with local public schools, the Hyde Park Refugee Project became aware of a family recently resettled from the Congo that is in need.  Many of you are already familiar with this family, as you responded with generosity to our request for Read More

Recently, one of the public schools we work with identified an under-served family from the Democratic Republic of Congo living in the neighborhood that urgently needs support. When asked about their immediate needs, they requested blankets or comforters for two adults and six children (ages 8-15). If you have a new or gently used blanket Read More

A few days before Thanksgiving, while most people were deep into preparations, Natalie Tessler was thinking about who might benefit from a free meal.   While talking with a friend whose children, like hers, attend the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, Tessler learned about the Syrian families served by the Hyde Park Refugee Project.  Her Read More

The Hyde Park Refugee Project is hosting another clothing drive and looking for donations as well as volunteers to help sort clothing for the drive.  This time, we are collecting new and gently used winter clothing (pants, sweaters, long sleeve shirts, snow pants, boots, hats, gloves and scarves) for four recently resettled families. We are Read More

With your support, refugees like Tarek are empowered to improve their lives and become self-reliant. Before coming to Chicago, Tarek worked as an industrial tailor in his home country of Syria. As the conflict escalated, he and his family were forced to flee their home, taking only the possessions they could carry—and the skills Tarek Read More

The Hyde Park Refugee Project hosted the first in a series of community dialogue events regarding refugee resettlement on Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 1100 E. 55th St. The program titled, “Coming to America: The Refugee Experience” explored challenges faced by refugees as they transition to living in the Read More

Friends, Hyde Park Refugee Project is now on Twitter! If you also have an account, please follow us.  Our Twitter handle is @hydeparkrefugee. We are currently promoting our September 16 program, “Coming to America: The Refugee Experience”.  Legal and policy experts from DePaul Law School and Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights and leaders Read More

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 Read More

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