Announcing Week 3 of the Ramadan Weekly Challenge: Help us reach $15,000 by next week!

For the past three years, the Syrian Community Network has worked to provide a warm welcome and support to refugee families. The services we have provided were made possible by the strong and generous backing we have received from our community.

We’d like to continue to provide the same level of essential services and more to our refugee families, but we need your help.

Our goal is to reach $25,000 by the end of Ramadan. We hope you will consider donating through our active Facebook fundraiser or directly on our website.

Services the Syrian Community Network has been providing include:

Children’s activities and our new after-school program, Safe Spaces – Children ages 6-14 come to our center Monday through Thursday to receive homework help and engage in school-related discussions.

English as a Second Language (ESL) classes – This past winter, we have begun offering morning and evening ESL classes at our office in partnership with Truman College. ESL classes are essential to helping refugees secure their GEDs and advance in their employment.

Emergency rental assistance – One of the cornerstones of our services is our emergency rental assistance program, which provides up to six months of rent support to those who need it. This crucial service prevents homelessness and instability.

Case management – Our case management program is the primary facilitator of the wide variety of support services we provide to our refugee families. These include but are by no means limited to employment assistance, legal and immigration assistance, and cultural sensitivity training. Our case managers help clients to set goals for themselves and to take the steps necessary to meet them.

Mentorship program – We have matched over 150 trained mentors with families in the Chicago area. This program helps connect refugee families to their new community.

Family well-being program – Our family well-being program is a new program aimed at addressing the issue of domestic violence in a safe, holistic, and culturally sensitive manner.
We hope to continue to improve and expand our services to directly meet the needs of our evolving community. What we are able to do depends on you, our supporters!

We hope you will consider contributing this Ramadan, even if it is as small as the amount you would spend to eat out for lunch or purchase a coffee. Every little bit brings us closer to meeting our goal.

Donations to the Syrian Community Network are tax deductible and Zakat eligible!

Also, check out our latest story with Newsy!