refugee momWelcoming the Stranger

 

Refugees had homes, jobs, safety and stability. Then, fleeing for their lives from war, violent militias or ruthless persecution, they lost everything.

There were almost 20 million refugees in the world in 2016 — more than half were children. Northminster decided that although one church can’t solve this international crisis, we could make a big difference for one refugee family!

July 2016

Northminster partnered with RefugeeOne to bring a Syrian family to Chicago. Father, mother, and four small children all arrived safely after a long flight from Jordan (where they fled in 2013).

Thanks to generous and passionate support from congregation members and friends, the family arrived to a warm welcome at the airport, a fully furnished apartment, and teams of mentors committed to weekly visits to help ease the transition to their new home.

April 2017 Update

Now settled in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago, our Syrian family has become close friends. The father, Ahmad, has a steady job through the help of church members, and acquired a van. Burouj, the oldest child, is in kindergarten at the local school, only one block from their home. Her younger brother Ali has been slowly getting used to the structure of a school day in his Pre-K class. Our mentors help them learn the English alphabet and numbers, while the two younger children stay home with their mother, Soundos. The family has formed ties with several other refugee families who live in the same building. They are putting down roots, secure for the first time in years.