Reaching Out Families Sponsoring Families

Author
Ron Balsbaugh

Reaching Out
Families Sponsoring Families

Among the domestic and international agencies supported by Outreach at Kenilworth Union Church is RefugeeOne.

After a first-hand experience with a refugee arrival at O’Hare airport, and helping to furnish apartments, we saw a continuing need to serve the RefugeeOne cause. It’s been our privilege at KUC to help several families find good starts in our country.  My wife, Karin, and I have had an incredible experience working with this agency, and I have had the opportunity to serve three terms on the organization’s board.

Since 1982, RefugeeOne has helped more than 15,000 refugees build new lives in Chicago after they fled war, terror and persecution. It’s a joy to help welcome them – to greet them at the airport, furnish their small apartment, help them learn English, and connect them to their first jobs.  RefugeeOne helps their clients become self-reliant in as few as six months.

There are many ways and levels for an individual or whole family to volunteer: organizing a three-month drive to furnish a family’s home, tutoring a child for six months, or just spending an afternoon accompanying someone to a doctor’s appointment or the grocery store.

If you would like to be part of a highly focused project with a clear impact, please talk to me about serving as a refugee family sponsor.