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 Norridge satellite office hosted a job fair on June 14 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 helped placed 83 Ukrainian refugees in Chicagoland jobs in the past year. Hundreds more are still looking for professional opportunities.
Black Immigrants Today: Jean Chrisbene Justin
Jean Chrisbene Justin, a former police officer from Haiti, left his homeland amidst growing instability, including increasing gang violence, political turmoil, and extreme weather. Arriving in Chicago with his young son in 2021, Justin reflects on his perilous journey through several countries, witnessing death and enduring hardships.
Now awaiting a decision on his asylum case, he is receiving help from RefugeeOne. RefugeeOne is expanding its asylum seeker program for Haitians, assisting dozens of people like Justin as they seek safety and stability in Chicago.
Read more from Borderless Magazine to learn more about the realities and struggles faced by Black immigrants in the U.S.
Afghan refugees hoping for easier pathway to permanent residency
When the U.S. withdrew from Afghanistan in fall 2021, RefugeeOne resettled hundreds of Afghans in Chicago, including Nekbakht Merzayee, who lost both of her arms and her parents and sister in a road side bomb blast 15 years ago. Now an advocate for women's rights, she is rebuilding her life and finding new opportunities in Chicago.
Learn more about Nekbakht and her hopes to reunite with her husband from ABC7.
RefugeeOne Dental Clinic
We are 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 always seeking dentists or dental professionals to volunteer at our pro-bono clinic. If you’re a dental professional, or have a dentist you love, please introduce us! Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject "Dental Volunteer."