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:
Hear the updates from October 2, 2015:
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.