When refugees first arrive in Chicago, often with nothing more than a single suitcase, they are overwhelmed by a new language, new culture, and new environment. HIAS Immigration & Citizenship helps them understand and adjust to all that is around them and provides critical financial and social-emotional support.
HIAS recently reopened our Refugee Resettlement and Placement Program and has welcomed almost 40 refugees from Afghanistan so far this year, with more expected in the coming months.
Our support for those who need protection is steadfast, and with President Biden’s announcement to receive 100,000 Ukrainians in the U.S. we stand ready to welcome all seeking safety. We know there are many families in Chicago hoping to be reunited with relatives. We are still waiting for guidance on when refugees will be admitted and if it will be through a traditional pathway or a new program.
The HIAS Welcome Campaign will ensure that families are provided with the resources and assistance necessary for a safe and successful transition to the United States. Dollars raised will be used for direct financial assistance, as well as to support program activities and service coordination. This includes:
- Rent and utility assistance
- Transportation assistance
- Other basic needs assistance, including clothing and food
- Translation and interpretation services
- Culturally-appropriate case management services to support acclimation and integration