Founded in 1980 and incorporated as an independent not-for-profit in 1992, RefugeeOne is a refugee resettlement agency that provides a full range of services to refugees resettled in the Chicago area. Our primary focus is to assist the refugee in becoming an independent, self-supporting member of the new community as soon as possible.
Every year, RefugeeOne assists approximately 2,500 refugees of all ages, ethnic groups, faiths and backgrounds to find housing, learn the English language, acclimate to American culture, develop computer and job readiness skills, secure employment, obtain medical and other care, apply for citizenship, and develop overall family strengthening skills. RefugeeOne’s programs are made possible through the dedicated efforts of 30 staff members – many of whom were refugees themselves – and approximately 250 volunteers
RefugeeOne serves refugees who have been displaced from their homelands due to war, terror and persecution. Refugees are resettled in Chicago through contract with the U.S. State Department and its National Voluntary Agencies.
Information about refugee resettlement from:
- United Nations High Commission for Refugees
- United State Committee for Refugee Resettlement
- United States Department of State
Listen to the RefugeeOne interview with Greg Wangerin on WBEZ 91.5 FM program, World View