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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Ethnic & Immigrant Centers, Human Services, Immigration

Mission: Refugeeone creates opportunity for refugees fleeing war, terror, and persecution to build new lives of safety, dignity, and self-reliance

Programs: Refugeeone is the illinois affiliate of 3 national voluntary agencies (volags), church world service, episcopal migration ministries, and lutheran immigration and refugee service. These 3 volags hold reception & placement contracts with department of state, and receive funding to resettle refugee cases approved to enter the us. The reception & placement program provides pre-arrival processing of the cases, as well as post arrival case management up to 90 days from the date of arrival.

refugee resettlement services provide housing, employment, cultural orientation, english language training, vocational training, as well as women, youth and senior services. The objective of the refugee resettlement services is to provide an array of programs which assist newly arriving refugees in reaching self-sufficiency and successful integration.

provide refugee and immigration assistance

Community Stories

1 Story from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

4 Tom Hartman

Former staff

Rating: 5

In my 25 year-career in fundraising, I had the opportunity to work FT and as a consultant for a lot of organizations. RefugeeOne is one of the best-run and most caring non-profits I met. Their front line staff provide a complete range of resettlement services for refugees. They start by meeting the newcomers at the airport, provide housing and essentials for several months until the refugee or refugee family is able to speak English and support themselves. They run special programs for youth, women, seniors and those with mental health issues such as PTS.

They have a strong Board of Directors who contribute their own money, fundraise in the community and watch the agency's finances like hawks. I was their grantwriter for about five years and this agency has one of the most varied funding bases of any agency I worked for. This has allowed RefugeeOne to continue services in times of economic weakness. The agency prides itself in the fact that, unlike other resettlement agencies, no refugee entrusted to its care has ever gone homeless. Their tight fiscal management has allowed them to go over and above in ensuring that their clients have true refuge as they begin their journey towards becoming Americans.