We are the Hyde Park Refugee Project (HPRP), a program of the Hyde Park And Kenwood Interfaith Council, and we are asking for donations to help refugee families living in the neighborhood affected by the recent coronavirus outbreak. HPRP consists of Hyde Park residents and other volunteers from Chicago’s South Side working together to resettle refugee families in our neighborhood and transition them to self-sufficiency.
Before the outbreak, the Refugee Project had been preparing for the arrival of a new family in April. Earlier this year, we launched a fundraising drive, with the goal of collecting $32,000 to help with resettlement costs. But because of the coronavirus outbreak, the U.N. refugee agency announced in March that it would suspend almost all new resettlements.
We currently assist 45 people across six families, many of whom have suddenly found themselves struggling with additional instability. While we still hope to welcome a refugee family soon, the money is now going to help families already in the neighborhood. These are our friends and neighbors who recently fled from other countries and are now starting over having little to no support network.
We have already been able to provide rental assistance, emotional support, gift cards, and face masks to our families. The funds we currently have, though, will not support our families for long, so we ask you to consider making a donation. Would you consider helping our local refugee neighbors by financially contributing to our project?
From the bottom of our hearts, we are grateful for all who can make a contribution and for those who desire to show support to our neighbors! We couldn't do any of this without the generosity of the community!
Please also share this campaign with friends and family or share via social media. Thank you for your consideration!
The Hyde Park Refugee Project Working Group