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Ukrainian Community Support & How You Can Respond

 Together, we can make a difference.

Millions have been forced to leave their homes and families in Ukraine due to the Russian invasion. While many hope to return, that might not be possible. They need a safe place of welcome during this time.

Through the Uniting for Ukraine program, over 19,000 Ukrainians have been approved to come to Illinois, almost all of which will arrive in the Chicagoland area.  This requires a collaborative community response from organizations, individuals, churches, and ministries in the region especially as we continue to serve and welcome those fleeing other conflicts around the world.

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Join us in praying for the people of Ukraine.

We grieve for our Ukrainian neighbors and pray for their safety.

As the situation in Ukraine continues to unfold, World Relief Chicagoland invites you to pause and pray for those affected right now — for refugees, the displaced, those left behind and their families. You can use all or part of this prayer to help guide you as, together, we lift up Ukraine.

Will you join us in praying for peace?

Below you will find information on how to help and on the services being offered to Ukrainians who have arrived here in Chicagoland.

Ukrainian Sponsor Support Hub

The Ukrainian Sponsor Support Hub of Chicagoland (and greater Illinois) is a consortium of partners across the Chicagoland region, with primary responsibilities being given to the Self Reliance Association and World Relief Chicagoland. The primary goal of the hub is to recruit and support individuals and groups sponsoring Ukrainian Humanitarian Parolees through the Uniting for Ukraine program in collaboration with Welcome.US.

The Self Reliance Association, as a key stakeholder in the Ukrainian community across Chicagoland, will function as the lead convener and coordinator of programming and partnerships. In many ways they will operate as the lead recruiter of new sponsors and assisting sponsors to navigate and understand the Welcome.US process.

World Relief will serve as the main service provider for sponsors once they have been matched to a Ukrainian. As an expert resource in supportive community engagement through similar volunteer models, World Relief’s focus will be on volunteer sponsor equipping, engagement, support, and retention.

If you are interested in learning more about sponsoring Ukrainians, please contact Fred Stupen at or by phone at 773.698.0013

If you are already a sponsor of Ukrainians, please contact Seth Miller at or by phone at 630.580.5069

Ukrainian Community Support

We are ready to continue receiving those who arrive in the U.S. as refugees and are providing assistance to those already in the U.S. who are desperately seeking help for their families. We’re also working with partners in Ukraine and surrounding regions to provide assistance on the ground.

If you are a Ukrainian in the United States seeking information about services available to you, please find answers to frequently asked questions below.

To contact our staff about what services you are eligible for please fill out this form or call one of our offices at the phone number at the bottom of the page.

Last updated: November 15, 2022

A Prayer for the People of Ukraine

Ukrainians already within the U.S.

Ukrainians outside the U.S.

Reuniting with Ukrainian family members who are outside the U.S.

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How You Can Help Ukrainians Arriving in Chicagoland


You can help Ukrainians here in Chicagoland by financially supporting World Relief's urgently needed services.


You can influence people in positions of power to protect immigrants and refugees in vulnerable situations.


You can serve in practical ways by becoming a trained volunteer. Find out what volunteer opportunities are open here!

Together, we can offer love and welcome.

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