Bridgeview Bank Building Closes Chapter As Uptown Service Hub
We've called Uptown's Bridgeview Bank Building home for more than 34 years. Now, with the building sold and plans to convert it into luxury apartments after our lease ends in September 2020, we're in search of a new space to continue our work of supporting refugees in Chicago.
New Opportunity, One Stitch at a Time
Steve remembers his summers in Syria fondly, passing the days by his mother's side as he learned to sew. From the age of 8, she encouraged him to dedicate himself to learning a skill.
That was long before conflict broke out across the country, a conflict that would quickly turn into a civil war and eventually force Steve to flee everything he knew.
Upon arrival in Chicago, Steve was thrilled to learn the RefugeeOne Sewing Studio, a vocational sewing program for refugees. Within a week, Steve was enrolled in classes, determined to continue honing his skills so he could find work in his field.