Remembering Jay Michael
With profound sadness, we share that our Board Member, Jay Michael, died on January 8, 2016 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 34.
Jay brought vitality and vision to everything he did, especially his volunteer work with RefugeeOne.
As the son of a Jewish immigrant, Jay understood the challenges and blessings of a new life in the U.S. He also knew the impact people could have in making refugees feel welcome.
Jay provided safe, affordable housing to countless refugees we served. He hired refugees and gave them the opportunity to take pride in their work. In April 2015, Jay co-chaired RefugeeOne’s most successful gala, engaging his extensive business and personal network to support refugees.
In all his work, Jay motivated the people who worked for and alongside him. When you visit us or our website, you’ll see a stunning photograph series of refugees from Burma, the Congo, Iraq, and other homelands standing proudly in front of the U.S. flag. Jay commissioned these photos as a gift to RefugeeOne and the clients we serve.
For Jay, people were central in all he did. His pulse and heart will live on in our work and the people he loved.
Join us for our Many Voices. One Vision. gala
Saturday, April 2, 2016
6:00 p.m. - Midnight
Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel
221 North Columbus Drive
CLICK HERE for information and tickets
Executive Director's Response to Governor's Announcement Concerning Syrian Refugees
Melineh Kano, Executive Director
RefugeeOne was founded in 1982, and in the last 33 years we have resettled nearly 16,000 refugees in the Chicagoland area. We've welcomed refugees from every major crisis in recent history: Pol Pot's Killing Fields, Rwanda's genocide, Bosnian refugees from the ethnic cleansing in former Yugoslavia, Jews and Evangelical Christians from the former Soviet Union, Kurds and others from Iraq, Iranians after the Islamic Revolution, the Lost Boys of Sudan, Burmese victims of an oppressive military regime, ethnic Nepalis fleeing Bhutan, and these are just to name a few.
Today, as we see the worst refugee crisis of our time unfolding with Syrian refugees, RefugeeOne—along with the five other resettlement agencies in our State and all our resettlement partners— stands united and remains committed to continue serving refugees.
The Syrian Refugee Crisis
As reports emerge of the tragedies Syrian refugees face in their pursuit of safety, we have been moved by how many generous people have reached out to ask how they can help. Thank you.
One Syrian Refugee's Story
In January 2015, Mayada and her family had never heard of Chicago. Today, they call the city home. They were among the first Syrian refugee families to be resettled in the U.S.
Watch their story on NBC 7 from June 26, 2015: