“Hyde Park Refugee Project hosts community dialogue on refugee resettlement” by Tonia Hill, Hyde Park Herald, 9/20/2017

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 …

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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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Give our families the gift of literacy

Dear friends, As you know, the Hyde Park Refugee Project recently welcomed two Syrian refugee families to our community. Before their arrival, the families endured unimaginable hardships. Having survived the bombing of Aleppo, the families left their homes and belongings and fled to Turkey where they lived for several years in temporary accommodations while awaiting …

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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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