Our Saviour’s has a long history of working with World Relief Chicagoland to resettle individuals with refugee status in DuPage and Kane counties. https://chicagoland.worldrelief.org/
We solicit cash donations to help with immediate resettlement needs (food, bus pass etc.,) To donate, click here: https://onrealm.org/oslc/-/give/refugees
We also encourage congregants to pursue one of the many different volunteer roles working with refugee families. This includes everything from pulling together home furnishings, to tutoring, to transportation to medical appointments. To volunteer, click here: https://worldrelief.org/chicagoland/volunteer/
Our Saviour’s helps resettle refugees from around the world but, at present, we are particularly concerned with helping to settle refugees from Afghanistan. If you can volunteer or donate, the need is especially great now.
OSLC groups (or a group of families) can make a particularly significant impact by gathering the materials for a Welcome Pack. These are the materials (aside from furniture) needed to furnish an apartment. Plates, towels, and other basic supplies are needed so an apartment is move-in-ready when a family arrives at O’Hare. Welcome Pack materials are gathered and delivered to the World Relief office in Carol Stream. A list of Welcome pack items can be found here: https://worldrelief.org/content/uploads/2021/08/Welcome-Kit-Donation-Guide.pdf
The Refugee ministry typically sponsors a ‘gently-used’ or new coat donation drive between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Gift cards (Jewel, Walmart, Uber, etc.) can be mailed directly to the Carol Stream office 191 South Gary Ave. 60188.
Finally, Our Saviour’s has historically accepted gifts of furniture and housewares which are used to furnish refugee apartments. Because of reduced storage capacity at World Relief’s new Carol Stream office, it may not be possible to accept every gift. If you have a potential gift, please fill out this online form and we will let you know if the gift can be accepted at the present time. https://form.jotform.com/203165438843054