Graduates of RefugeeOne's Sewing Studio Give Back by Sewing Masks
"It's so good making masks because it helps the community!" said Sandra, a Congolese refugee whose family we welcomed in 2018.
She's one of more than a dozen refugee women using the skills they learned at the RefugeeOne Sewing Studio to give back to the place they now call home.
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RefugeeOne's New Home: Coming Fall 2020
After 35 years in our Uptown home, RefugeeOne will move this fall! When our office building sold last year, new owners announced plans to convert it into upscale rentals after our lease ends in September 2020.
Like always, we’re seizing this challenge as an opportunity. By buying a building, we can be much closer to those we serve, create space that's truly designed to welcome refugees, and strengthen our financial position.
Armenian Refugee's Life Work is to Help Others Just Like Her
RefugeeOne Executive Director Melineh Kano understands what life is like for refugees resettling here in the United States. She was one.
It was the early 1980s during the Iranian Revolution and the Iran-Iraq War. Melineh was studying interior design in Italy, but upheaval in the Middle East left her unable to return to her home in Iran.
In September 1984 , Kano and her mother arrived in the U.S., and were located to Hyde Park with a sponsor. She said she spoke little English and had no concept of where she was. She didn't have any family photos, and her father had remained in Iran.