Black Immigrants Today: Tsegay Gebreyohanes
Tsegay Gebreyohanes was in his early 20s when he first tried to leave Eritrea in 2008. He was among a mass exodus of young people leaving the northeastern African country, fleeing a lack of political, social, and economic freedoms — and forced military service.
Borderless Magazine interviewed Tsegay, now 38, who shared about his tumultuous journey. Imprisoned in Sudan, Egypt, and Eritrea, he finally found safety in Chicago.
And after joining a RefugeeOne citizenship class, he became a U.S. citizen in September. "I have come a long way after chasing freedom for 15 years," he says.
Gov. JB Pritzker Announces Expansion Of Eli's Cheesecake's Chicago Factory
FORBES BREAKING NEWS:
We were excited to be part of Eli's Cheesecake Company's celebration announcing their plans for expansion. We heard from Elias Kasongo -- a Congolese refugee we welcomed nearly 30 years ago! -- who started as a dishwasher at Eli's and is now the Vice President of Procurement.
Elias is among more than 130 refugees hired by Eli's Cheesecake throughout the years.
It was an honor to hear Governor JB Pritzker praise Eli's not only for their growth, but also for their community investment through partners like RefugeeOne. As they almost double the size of their bakery, the number job opportunities will only increase!
Ukrainian refugees who fled war eagerly attend Norridge employment fair: ‘I want a job’
In the wake of the crisis in Ukraine, refugees are fleeing their homeland with the hope of finding safety in the United States.
RefugeeOne's satellite office in Norridge hosted a job fair to assist Ukrainian refugees like Alla Pimenova, who evacuated her bombarded city with just a laptop, in finding employment.
Despite challenges of language barriers and the difficulty of transferring professional and academic credentials, RefugeeOne has helped place more than 100 Ukrainian refugees in Chicagoland jobs. Hundreds more are still looking for professional opportunities.
RefugeeOne Dental Clinic Seeking Dental Professionals for Pro-Bono Service
We're increasing capacity at the RefugeeOne Dental Clinic, where we offer no-cost dental services to refugees. Many refugees have never been to a dentist prior to arriving in Chicago, and insurance provides extremely limited coverage. These free dental services are a critical resource for refugees' health and well-being.
We're seeking dentists and dental professionals to volunteer at our pro-bono clinic! If you’re a dental professional, or have a dentist you love, we'd love to get in touch:
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject "Dental Volunteer"