Since 1982, RefugeeOne has welcomed more than 20,500 refugees from every major world crisis, including Rwandans fleeing genocide, Jews from the former Soviet Union, the Lost Boys of Sudan, Syrians displaced by civil war, Afghans who escaped the Taliban, Ukrainian families fleeing Russia’s invasion, and more.

Our Mission

Creating opportunity for refugees fleeing war, terror, and persecution to build new lives of safety, dignity, and self-reliance.

Every year, RefugeeOne serves more than 2,500 refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants of all ages, ethnic groups, faiths, and backgrounds. Our primary focus is to assist these resilient individuals in becoming independent, self-supporting members of their new Chicagoland community.

We provide holistic services (housing support, English language training, mental health care, employment coaching, youth programs, dental care, and more – at no cost to program participants!) to help newcomers build flourishing lives in Chicago.