WJW is pleased to have recently participated in a Spring Home Drive for RefugeeOne!
Spearheaded by Andrew and WJW’s Volunteer Committee, staff were able to purchase various items needed by RefugeeOne to set up an apartment for refugees new to the Chicago area, which were collected at the office in a large bin to be used by RefugeeOne’s install team to quickly “grab and go” when setting up a home on short notice.
Each year, RefugeeOne serves more than 2,500 refugees and immigrants of all ages, ethnic groups, faiths, and backgrounds. As the largest resettlement agency in Chicago, RefugeeOne has welcomed more than 18,000 refugees through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program since 1982. The organization works with refugees from the moment they land at the airport — welcoming them to Chicago and providing furnished apartments, English classes, job search support, mental health care, youth programming, and mentors to help them adjust to life in the U.S.
When Andrew delivered the items at the end of the drive, he learned that they would be used to set up an apartment that weekend! WJW is proud to help support the mission of RefugeeOne to help make Chicago a welcoming new home for so many.