Spring cleaning is one of the satisfying rites of spring. It offers a fresh start and a positive way to celebrate the changing seasons. At RefugeeOne, we love fresh starts and are collecting cleaning supplies for new refugee families moving to Chicago. You (and your congregation, school, book group, coworkers, or block club!) can help by collecting the following items:
We ask that items be new. Drop off items at RefugeeOne: 4753 N. Broadway, Suite 401, Chicago, IL 60640 any time in May (Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.).
Starting Over After Escaping the Syrian Civil War
Just a few months ago, Mayada and her family had never heard of Chicago. Today, they call the city home. On January 13, 2015, RefugeeOne welcomed Mayada and her family at O’Hare. They were among the first Syrian refugee families to be resettled in the U.S. Mayada and her children, along with her brother and his wife, lived in Syria in 2011 when the government brutally cracked down on the non-violent civilian uprising.
Join us for our annual Many Voices. One Vision. gala onSaturday, April 18, 2015. The gala features a silent auction, dinner, inspirational speeches and dancing with live music by Gentlemen of Leisure.
Syria: Did You Know?
- By the end of 2014, the UN estimated that the conflict in Syria has displaced nearly 9.5 million people, more than 40% of the country’s pre-war population.
- Nearly 80% are women and children.
- Syrian refugees now make up 20% of Lebanon’s population.
- Only about 15% of the Syrian refugees live in refugee camps. The rest live outside camps, in cities, towns, and rural areas, often in locations not easily reached by humanitarian aid organizations.
- The United States resettled 359 Syrian refugees in 2013 and 2014, but is preparing for thousands in each of the next few years.
- The United States takes 18 to 24 months on average to carefully vet each applicant to make sure he or she poses no security risk.
- Some well-known Syrian-Americans include Steve Jobs, Jerry Seinfeld, Ralph Nader, Paula Abdul, and Danny Thomas (the founder of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital).
- Damascus, Syria’s capital, is the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world.