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Survive, Adapt, Rebuild

Mustafa and Dalia’s journey from their home in Syria to a new home in the U.S. lasted a decade. When they arrived, the process of adaptation continued for their family.

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Education Matters: Lessons Learned from a Volunteer Tutor

Meet Clare Spaulding! Originally from a suburb of Columbus, Ohio, she’s lived in Chicagoland for nearly eight years. Clare works at Communities In Schools of Chicago, an education non-profit that partners with 238 Chicago Public Schools to provide no-cost programming. She resides in Lincoln Park with her husband of 2.5 years, both active members of…

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How Car Donations Make a Difference

Saba plans to study medicine. But when she arrived in the US two years ago, she faced a huge challenge. Due to the conflict in her home country, she was missing the documents to prove her education and get started pursuing her dreams here. With the support of our Workforce Development team, today Saba is…

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From Sea to Shore: Olena’s Journey

Olena, from Ukraine, says that becoming a refugee is like being thrown into the ocean. Keep reading to hear more of her story and how a local church joined our staff to welcome her and her son.   Flight I’m here because a war started in my country and I had to leave as soon…

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Two Things to Know about Asylum Law

Given the several thousand extra asylum seekers who have arrived in our communities this year, many volunteers, church partners, and community members are looking for ways to support these families and individuals. Two of our immigration attorneys, Sarah Flagel and Ryan McDuff, share a couple things about asylum law we hope you’ll find helpful. Context:…

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God’s Provision from Mariupol to Chicago

Ludmila escaped Mariupol in Eastern Ukraine. She came to the U.S. in April 2023 and has received support from our staff in DuPage. Her words of faith in the midst of chaos — she was among 350,000 people who fled her city – are an inspiration. Like many immigrants, Ludmila brings vibrant Christian faith to…

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Efoe Davis: Resettlement Through the Eyes of a Caseworker

Seattle Blog on Refugee Resettlement

Efoe Davis is a caseworker at World Relief Western Washington in our King County office, who regularly meets with individuals and families as they transition to their new life in the U.S. Here, he shares the joys and challenges of resettlement from his vantage point: The Challenges On December 20, 2021, I greeted a family…

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Afghan Resettlement Q&A with Executive Director Susan Sperry

As you likely saw in the news, US troops have withdrawn from Afghanistan, leaving many questions as to what happens next. We want to share with you how World Relief Chicagoland is responding and how you can help. To help answer some of these questions, we sat down with Susan Sperry, Executive Director of World…

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