With Gentrification On the Rise, RefugeeOne Leaves Uptown After 35 Years
BLOCK CLUB CHICAGO - RefugeeOne has helped newly arrived refugees resettle in Chicago, often finding them housing and jobs in the nonprofit’s home base of Uptown, for more than three decades.
But the center of refugee life in Chicago has shifted from Uptown — where development and gentrification have driven up housing prices — to neighborhoods like West Ridge, Rogers Park and Albany Park.
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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