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 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.


August 2019: A Refugee Fairytale

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

— Clothing Drive Results Update —

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

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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