RefugeeOne

RefugeeOne creates opportunities for refugees fleeing war, terror and persecution to build new lives of safety, dignity, and self-reliance.
Dec 23, 2014

Wellness Program Success Story: A Family's Recovery and New Life in America

As we listen to the horrific news of ISIS’ terror campaign in Iraq, our hearts go out to Iraqis around the world. RefugeeOne is privileged to have resettled hundreds of Iraqi families and individuals in recent years. We’re glad to share this hopeful story of one of those families with you.

Several years ago, RefugeeOne resettled an Iraqi father and his two young children. When the man’s wife was unable to leave Iraq with the rest of the family, the separation threw him into a paralyzing depression. He had a nervous breakdown shortly after arrival, could not keep his job, and became unable to care for his children. The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services removed the children from his home and placed them in foster care.

RefugeeOne worked actively to restore this man and his family back to health. Staff provided extensive individual therapy and coordinated all aspects of his care with the court-appointed social worker and family therapist, foster parents, court attorneys, and a psychiatrist. The efforts led to measurable improvements. Program staff, his psychiatrist, court witnesses, and the client himself recognized his improved mental state and ability to be a good father. He achieved self-identified goals for recovery, learned English, looked for employment, and complied with therapy. Over time, he no longer needed medication. He became less focused on basic survival and moved to planning for the future. 

We are overjoyed to report that with the help of RefugeeOne, his children were returned to him with full custody and that after two years of separation, he was reunited with his wife. When she arrived at O’Hare Airport, she was welcomed with tears of joy by her husband, daughter, and son.

The parents are now focused on their children’s health and education, and the children are excelling in RefugeeOne’s after-school program. Thanks to RefugeeOne’s services, this family’s dark hours and hopeless days are behind them, and they are living their daily lives with mental and emotional health. We feel honored to be part of this story of recovery and new life.

Thank YOU for being part of this story. Your gifts to RefugeeOne make it possible for refugees to build the foundations for flourishing lives in the U.S. 

Dec 23, 2014

Wellness Program Success Story: A Family's Recovery and New Life in America

As we listen to the horrific news of ISIS’ terror campaign in Iraq, our hearts go out to Iraqis around the world. RefugeeOne is privileged to have resettled hundreds of Iraqi families and individuals in recent years. We’re glad to share this hopeful story of one of those families with you.

Several years ago, RefugeeOne resettled an Iraqi father and his two young children. When the man’s wife was unable to leave Iraq with the rest of the family, the separation threw him into a paralyzing depression. He had a nervous breakdown shortly after arrival, could not keep his job, and became unable to care for his children. The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services removed the children from his home and placed them in foster care.

RefugeeOne worked actively to restore this man and his family back to health. Staff provided extensive individual therapy and coordinated all aspects of his care with the court-appointed social worker and family therapist, foster parents, court attorneys, and a psychiatrist. The efforts led to measurable improvements. Program staff, his psychiatrist, court witnesses, and the client himself recognized his improved mental state and ability to be a good father. He achieved self-identified goals for recovery, learned English, looked for employment, and complied with therapy. Over time, he no longer needed medication. He became less focused on basic survival and moved to planning for the future. 

We are overjoyed to report that with the help of RefugeeOne, his children were returned to him with full custody and that after two years of separation he was reunited with his wife. When she arrived at O’Hare Airport, she was welcomed with tears of joy by her husband, daughter, and son.

The parents are now focused on their children’s health and education, and the children are excelling in RefugeeOne’s after-school program. Thanks to RefugeeOne’s services, this family’s dark hours and hopeless days are behind them, and they are living their daily lives with mental and emotional health. We feel honored to be part of this story of recovery and new life.

Thank YOU for being part of this story. Your gifts to RefugeeOne make it possible for refugees to build the foundations for flourishing lives in the U.S.

Jun 24, 2014

School's Out for Summer! - Support RefugeeOne's Summer Program with 100% Match from GlobalGiving

School is out and that means our Summer Youth Program is under way! Our summer day camp runs from June through August, providing about 100 refugee children with recreational and academic enrichment activities every week. Activities include beach days, field trips to the zoo and museums, bowling, soccer, character development activities, community service projects, health workshops, reading, writing, and math games. This year’s theme is “The Arts,” so there is sure to be plenty of arts, crafts, and theatre! Throughout the summer, youth will create their own mini-plays in groups, focusing on the core elements of writing: plot, character, theme, conflict, and setting.

The Summer Youth Program’s goal is to ensure that refugee youth have opportunities for socialization and development during the summer and that they are on track to begin the next school year. Through assisting refugee youth, the program also assists their parents, who are often busy finding work, learning English, and adjusting to life in the US.

On Wednesday, June 25th, GlobalGiving will match all donations in support of RefugeeOne’s Youth Program at 100%! If that isn’t reason enough to donate, World Refugee Day was June 20th so it’s a perfect time to support refugees. Matching funds are limited, so mark your calendar to make your gift here at 11:00 am CST on June 25th.

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