Conflict, war, famine, persecution, and economic instability are just some of the reasons a person could be displaced from their home country. At present, there are sixty five million refugees worldwide -- many of whom are just seeking a better life for themselves and their families. Refugees are not nameless faces or identification numbers on a manifest; rather, they are people who have lost everything and need our goodness and compassion to keep moving forward. We believe in the decency of humankind and our capacity to show grace to those in need. The Chicago Refugee Coalition is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the alleviation of human suffering through innovative research, advocacy and community development. Thank you for your interest in our organization; let's make a difference, together.
Chicago is a city of refugees. From the time of the Great Migration to the present day, the city has always been a welcoming harbor to those seeking refuge from persecution and danger. Life in the United States is a major adjustment from life in a conflict zone. The goal of the Chicago Refugee Coalition is to partner with community stakeholders and work to provide comprehensive resettlement services. Our organization takes an innovative multi-pronged approach to resettlement to ensure that we can provide the most complete levels of care during the resettlement process while maintaining the refugee's sense of dignity and honor.
Think global: act local. This is our approach to our international development initiatives. We believe that working in smaller communities yields a much greater impact and fosters a sense of community empowerment, innovation, and upward mobility.
The Chicago Refugee Coalition presently engages in three types of development initiatives: clean water, food security, and women's literacy and education; with a geographical emphasis on the Horn of Africa and the Hindu Kush region.
We ask big questions and we're not afraid to dig deep and look for creative solutions to our most pressing problems. We believe in accurate reporting and judicious data collection to foster a more robust, and informed, debate regarding our most pressing topical issues.
Our research culminates in articles, white papers, and reports focusing on immigration/human migration, international development, conflict studies, defense policy, women's rights, and developing economies.
Frequently asked questions
Why a "Coalition" approach?
Successful resettlement takes a lot of effort and it's a task we can not do alone. We believe in furthering the creation of a welcoming space for refugees/asylees in the Chicagoland area. Therefore, we partner with organizations that are better equipped to assist with special matters such as housing, mental health, and legal services. We aim to raise funds to supplement, or fully cover, the cost of these services to ensure that our refugees are getting high quality assistance with minimal financial impact.
How do you find refugees to assist?
We believe in taking a coalition style approach and we find families to assist through community outreach, referrals, or direct contact.
Do you find refugees overseas?
At present, we engage in providing transitional assistance to refugees in need. We have not yet had the opportunity to assist in identifying refugees abroad and implementing a full resettlement process.
Is your organization religiously affiliated?
No, while the Chicago Refugee Coalition works with interfaith groups and assists refugees from a wide breadth of religious backgrounds, our organization is, and will always remain, secular.
Is my contribution tax deductible?
Yes, the Chicago Refugee Coalition is a non-profit organization as classified under IRS Code 501(c)(3). Regardless of contribution amount, you will receive a digital receipt within twenty four hours of contribution deposit which will serve as a record for your tax filing.
Can I donate to a specific programing cause?
Yes, you may designate your donation to a specific project or fund ranging from support of resettlement services to expansion of development initiatives abroad. We appreciate your support of our organizational mission.
How long does the resettlement process take?
From arrival to full and total independence, the resettlement process can take up to two years. However, our organization aims to have all people fully resettled within eight to ten months.
What do you not do?
Our organization does not provide in-house legal council to refugees, immigrants, or asylees; legal services are provided free of charge by references to legal clinics in the Chicagoland area. Additionally, our organization does not lobby for policy changes nor does our organization partake in the partisan political process.