ICSJ Parish Refugee Effort
The ICSJ Parish Refugee Effort is a 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.
February 2019: An Incredible 2-year Check-In With One of Our Families
December 2018: A New Refugee Family! Household Items Needed!
November 2018: We Are So Blessed
August 2018: Sunday Funday
July 2018 : Meet Our New Family From Rohingya
May 2018 : And One More Makes Four
December 2017: Tutors and Mentors Needed
October 2017: (New) Home For The Holidays/Winter Clothing Drive
October 2017: Never A Doubting Thomas When It Comes to ICSJ
September 2017: Baby Shower
August 2017: Kids Come In All Sizes–So Do ICSJ Volunteers
July 2017: A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words
June 2017: We Have A Second Refugee Family
May 2017: Well Worth The Wait
April 2017: 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 2017: Our Family Has Arrived!
March 2017: ICSJ To Welcome A Refugee Family
February 2017: On Hold
Learn More about Area Efforts
Read about the Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Program
Archdiocese of Chicago Immigration Ministry: creating opportunities and space for education and dialogue
Watch Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Program in action in the video, This Is The Rebuilding, about Syrian refugees who were resettled in Chicago
Learn how LOOM, part of the Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Program, supports artisan women refugees.
Learn about National Migration Week
Read about opportunities from the Archdiocese of Chicago for individuals, families, and parishes looking to promote a spirit of hospitality, respect, and solidarity.
Make a donation to the Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Program.
In the News
Cardinal Cupich's Statement on the Executive Order on Refugees and Migrants
Chicago Catholic: Cardinal Cupich on the History and Humanity of Exuctive Actions on Refugees and Immigration
Chicago Catholic: Cardinal Cupich's column, Executive actions on refugees and immigrants: The facts and figures
Chicago Tribune: Cardinal Cupich tells national TV audience: Church 'stands with' immigrants
- Contact or Join the ICSJ Parish Refugee Effort