June 20, 2022

World Refugee Day 2022: ‘Refugee High: Coming of Age in America’ A Conversation with Author Elly Fishman

“Hear Our Voice” Interfaith Gathering for Peace and Healing

Please join us for prayer and music!

When: Sunday, May 22nd, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm.

Where: First Presbyterian Church, 6400 S Kimbark Ave, Chicago, IL 6063

The program will include:

  • A Remembering Tree to honor loved ones lost to violence, COVID, etc.
  • An “open nic” to express yourself through spoken word or music
  • Resources for healing and peacemaking available
  • Refreshments provided

Click here to register.

Hyde Park & Kenwood Interfaith Council Violence Prevention Weekend

Violence Prevention Providers Networking, Forum, and Resource Fair
Saturday, May 21, 2022, 12 noon – 5:00 pm
Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn Ave, Chicago, IL 60637

“Hear Our Voice” Interfaith Gathering for Peace and Healing
Sunday, May 22, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
First Presbyterian Church, 6400 S Kimbark Ave, Chicago, IL 60637

There’s no cost! Please join us and share your resources with the community!

Click here or on the image above to register.

Promising Practices: Protecting Migrants and Refugee Victims of Xenophobia and Intolerance in the Context of the Coronavirus Pandemic

This event will present and discuss a just-completed survey on promising practices developed by front-line organizations working with migrants in this COVID-era. The program will feature speakers from the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the GFMD Mayor’s Mechanism, and selected NGO representatives from among the survey respondents.



  • Jorge Andres Gallo Hoyes— Regional Media & Communications Officer for Central America, North America, and the Caribbean, Costa Rica, UN Migration Agency (IOM)
  • Sophie van Haasen —Coordinator, GFMD Mayor’s Mechanism, Belgium Presentation of Comprehensive Survey and Report
  • Trisha Dehrone— Subcommittee on Xenophobia, Racism, and Social Inclusion
  • Kathleen Ray— Subcommittee on Xenophobia, Racism, and Social Inclusion, BPW-International and Hyde Park Refugee Project

NGO Representatives:

  • African Organization of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC-Africa): Akhator Joel Odigie—Deputy General Secretary, Togo
  • Justice for All: Adem Carroll—Director of UN Programs, USA
  • Together Project: Anna Hill—Co-Director, Canada
  • Insan Association: Judy Yazbeck—Project Coordinator–Lawyer Achrafieh – Lebanon
  • Unlimited Potential: Emma Vieira—Executive Director, USA/Mexico


  • Pamela Morgan— Executive Committee, NGO, Committee on Migration. Chair, Zonta International UN Committee

“A Home Called Nebraska” – Documentary Film Feature & DiscussionSunday, June 20, 2021, 6:30 – 8:30 CDT

Join us for a documentary viewing of “A Home Called Nebraska” the story of midwestern welcome, acceptance, and unlikely friendships during a time of national anxiety and emboldened bigotry. In 2016, the conservative state of Nebraska resettled more refugees per capita than any other state.

A HOME CALLED NEBRASKA spotlights people who escaped war, torture and persecution. It also introduces the generous Nebraskans who welcomed them, taught them, celebrated with them, and helped them find jobs and houses. Today these refugees are succeeding, and are giving back to the communities that supported them.

This heartwarming documentary by Beth and George Gage (American Outrage, Bidder 70) offers hope and an antidote to racist nationalism: communities of people in Nebraska who work to dispel fear, build bridges and change their own perceptions along the way. Here is a compelling portrait of ordinary people standing up for what is right, inspiring us to do the same.

After the documentary viewing we will have a panel discussion with members from Hyde Park Refugee Project and Bethany House of Hospitality to build a deeper understanding of the in-depth challenges refugees face acclimating to the US.

This event is presented in collaboration with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Chi Omega Omega, Tau Mu, chapters in partnership with the Imani Pearls Development Foundation.


Summer Camp 2021 Open for Campers/Volunteers Wanted

Open Enrollment Begins

Enrollment for Hyde Park Refugee Project’s summer camp for English language learners is now open. The free camp will take place from July 5 – 30, 2021.

WHO: Children ages 4-14

WHAT: This 4 week summer camp will have arts & crafts, science experiments, scavenger hunts, music, dance classes, sports, reading activities, math games, fun Friday activities and more.

WHEN: Monday – Friday 9 am – 3 pm, July 5- July 30, 2021

CONTACT: Linda Pope at

Volunteers Wanted

Want to make a difference? Volunteer for Hyde Park Refugee Project’s Summer Curiosity Camp for English Language Learners. We’re looking for full-time interns (stipends available), full-time counselors, and full- or part-time junior counselors.

When: 8:45 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., July 5 – 30

Where: Hyde Park, Illinois

Contact: For more information, please email

Apply by: May 15, 2021

Hyde Park Refugee Project is pleased to invite our community to experience a dramatic reading of The Suppliants with dance, music, and performance by the Theater of War. 

Wednesday, April 14th, 2021 7:30 – 9:30pm

The Suppliants Project tells the timeless story of fifty female refugees seeking asylum at a border from forced marriage and domestic violence. The play not only depicts the struggle of these women to cross into safety, but also the internal struggle within the city that ultimately receives them. Using a 2,500-year-old tragedy by Aeschylus as a catalyst for powerful gatherings and crucial conversations, The Suppliants Project engages diverse audiences in humanizing, constructive dialogue about the challenges of the current immigration crisis and its impact upon all that it touches.

Featuring a chorus of Garifuna singers, musicians, and performers from Belize, Honduras, and Guatemala

The performance will be followed by a discussion with representatives from local Chicago organizations that work in the refugee and immigrant space, including the Hyde Park Refugee Project and GirlForward.

RSVP HERE for the free performance. 

Past Events


July 1 – 26: Online Summer Enrichment Camp


October 23: Trauma-Informed Workshop: In this workshop participants discussed how to be sensitive and empathetic to individuals who have suffered severe trauma in their lives.See details about our October 2019 Workshops on Supporting Refugee Neighbors

October 12: Literacy Works Workshop: In this workshop tutors learned what “fluency” means in different educational contexts and participate in interactive activities promoting fluency in English as a second language, reading and math.

July 1 – 26: Hyde Park Refugee Project Summer Enrichment Camp

April 27: Refugee One Fundraiser Honoring Hyde Park Refugee Project

February 14: Om on the Range Yoga Studio Partner Yoga Workshop Fundraiser

February 2: Literacy Works Workshop on Lesson Planning


September 26: Doctors Without Borders Forced From Home Exhibit

Summer: Pilot Summer Enrichment Program

March 14: Literacy Works Tutor Training


November 28: Thanksgiving Dinner

November 4: Winter Clothing Drive

September 16: Coming to America: The Refugee Experience Community Dialogue

August 12 and 26: ESL Tutor Training: The Hyde Park Refugee Project partnered with Literacy Works to provide a 12-hour ESL Tutor Essentials training, which prepares new tutors to instruct adults in English as a Second Language (ESL).

July 11: Lutheran School of Theology Dinner/Fundraiser

Coming to America: The Refugee Experience. Read Hyde Park Herald’s story about the program


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