Photo: SCN founders at the SCN launch event on June 22nd, 2015
The Syrian Community Network: A Chicago Story
Syria is considered by the United Nations as the worst humanitarian crisis of our lifetime, with over 6 million refugees worldwide and over 3 million people internally displaced. In 2013, the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugee, and Migration announced that Syrian refugees will be resettled in the United States. Upon hearing that announcement, SCN Founder Suzanne Akhras put out a call to action to her community and started to bring awareness about what refugee resettlement entails in the United States.
The news came that the first refugee family arrived in Chicago in January of 2015. That’s when the Syrian Community Network was born.
The families started arriving, and soon Chicago was home to 25 families and growing counting. In September of 2016, SCN established chapters in San Diego, Phoenix, and Atlanta. From May 2016 to March 2017, SCN grew exponentially and is now serving over 3,000 people nationally. We are proud to be serving our nation’s refugees.