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Refugee Cosponsorship

Our world is facing the largest refugee crisis since World War II with over 60 million people worldwide who are currently displaced due to conflict and persecution. We are commanded to, “love the Stranger,” this phrase appears 36 times in the Torah, repeating over and over the importance of caring for those who are destitute and disenfranchised. Our congregation has the opportunity to partner with RefugeeOne to help support a refugee family that is being resettled in the Chicago area.

Monetary Support

  • We commit to raising at least $10,000 to support the family with rent and living expenses in their first few months. On average it takes $12,125.00 to help a refugee family of five to become independent.

Please click here to donate online through RefugeeOne, or send a check with Refugee Co-Sponsorship in the memo to Sukkat Shalom. 

Serve on the Committee (6 months, monthly commitment)

  • Help organize volunteer efforts and volunteers

Family Mentorship (Once/month, minimum of 6 months)

  • A few families/congregants will sign on to arrange visits with the family to help the family navigate their new environment by:
    • Shopping for groceries or winter clothes
    • Learning how to access and use public transportation
    • Accompanying individuals to medical or other appointments
    • Helping to enroll children in school
    • Connecting the family to community resources
    • Being an advocate and friend

Tutor English (Weekly)

  • Work with youth and teens with limited English to help them adjust to English instruction in school and practice the language for everyday use. Tutoring occurs in the family’s home.

Apartment Setup (Time commitment varied)

  • Donating/Collecting/Purchasing Items to furnish and set up a family’s apartment. Helping to set up a family’s apartment with furniture and other household items before arrival.

Pantry Provisions

  • Stocking their pantry with foods that are familiar to them.

Preparing their first meal

  • Preparing a meal for their arrival with familiar foods.

Airport Pickup (1 day/evening (depending on travel))

  • Celebrate the arrival of a refugee family at O’Hare Airport. Bring signs and flowers or balloons.

Interested in participating in this project?

If you/your family are interested in participating in this project, please  click here and let us know how you would like to help. We look forward to creating a successful partnership with Refugee One to help resettle a refugee family in our area, and thank you in advance for your support.

For more information or to discuss further, please contact Rabbi Daniels,

Mon, May 20 2019 15 Iyar 5779