ICSJ Parish Refugee Effort
 

 
Immaculate Conception and St. Joseph Parish ICSJ Parish Refugee Effort Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Program
 
 

The ICSJ Parish Refugee Effort is a small group of Parishioners dedicated to finding opportunities for ICSJ Parish to assist refugee families in finding a safe haven from persecution and war. Following the motto, "This is who we are, this is what we do," the group has been diligently working with Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Program which has 40 years of experience helping refugees reach America and settle in Chicago. 

If you'd like to volunteer, please contact one of the ICSJ Parish Refugee Effort members,
Betty WoodwardMary PrendergastMarilynn Snider or Louise Nora.


Updates
 

July 2: A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words!

Members of our group recently met with our two families and the news couldn't be better! Click here to read about the visit and view some photos!

June 4:  We Have Our Second Refugee Family!!

Click here to read about our second family from Burma, as well as how you can help both or our families!

May 20: Well Worth the Wait!

On Thursday, May 18, a small group from our parish refugee committee was finally able to spend time with the family from Afghanistan that ICSJ Parish is sponsoring. The family—the father; the mom; the three boys (age 10, 8 and 3) along with their sister, age 6—greeted the group members at the door with the biggest smiles and strongest hugs you could imagine. Read the full account here.

April 5: We Surpassed Our Fundraising Goal!

Thank you to all who recently contributed to our Refugee Family Collection. WE WERE ABLE TO RAISE $20,469 to support the family that arrived in Chicago on March 29th from Afghanistan (stay tuned for more news on their arrival) — far surpassing the $8,000 we needed. Besides this incredible financial support, so many of our parishioners have graciously offered to help the family get settled and adjusted in our big city, and offered other services as well. The response has been phenomenal. Thank you for your generosity and support. This has been a great hallmark of our Lenten journey this year!

March 29th: Our family has arrived!

Click here to read about our family's emotional arrival at O'Hare Airport on March 29th.

March 19th:  ICSJ to welcome a refugee family!

Click here to read our March 19th Mass announcement and learn more about the family we'll be sponsoring, the funds we'll need to raise, and our co-sponsorship with Catholic Charities.


As we fix our gaze on the Holy Family as they were forced to become refugees, let us think of the tragedy of those migrants today who are victims of rejection and exploitation . . . and give voice to those who cannot manage to make their cry of distress and oppression heard.
— Pope Francis

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