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Join us for #Chicago4Refugees on March 1

The Syrian Community Network (SCN) requests the honor of your presence as we introduce our new, women-led entrepreneurial project spearheaded by Chicago's Syrian refugees! Join us for our launch into spring event on Thursday, March 1st 2018 at 5:30 p.m. at Pazzo's at Three Eleven, 311 S. Wacker Drive Chicago, IL 60606. A reception and…
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Vote for Ryan’s Giving Story to Help SCN Win $10,000!

Ryan just wanted to help. He heard about the plight of Syrians who recently arrived in  America after surviving the years-long civil war in their native country. Ryan met with Syrian Community Network ( SCN) staff in Chicago and was assigned to help the Muhamed family. Through the translation of SCN staff and the universal…
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How to Save a Life

Source: Medium Published: July 28th, 2017 Aber Drbi, her husband Essam Turkmani, and their two children arrived in the Chicago June, 2016. On their arrival from the small city of Irbid, Jordan, blood tests in the vetting process showed that Aber had a kidney disease, showing that only 15% of her kidneys were functioning properly.…
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Mentor Spotlight

Source: Medium Published July 12th, 2017 Meet Congregation Beth Am Tim and Marcia Thomsen, part of a volunteer group made up of 10 friends from the Congregation Beth Am temple in Buffalo Grove, took on the commitment of “adopting” a refugee family through the Syrian Community Network in December 2016. In the wake of the…
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SYRIAN COMMUNITY NETWORK WELCOMES REFUGEES TO CHICAGO WITH JOB FAIR

On a sunny Friday afternoon in early March at the Universal School in Bridgeview, 200 unemployed Syrian refugees attend a job fair, hoping to find opportunity. “The refugees have a difficult time finding work, so we do our best to connect them to jobs here in Chicago,” said Suzanne Akhras Sahloul, founder and executive director of the Syrian Community…
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90 Days, 90 Voices – Hadia Zarzour

Hadia Zarzour is a licensed clinical professional counselor and co-founder of the Syrian Community Network, a nonprofit determined to aid and assist resettled Syrian refugees as they build new lives in the United States. Hadia taught Introduction to Psychology to university students in Damascus. She is also a co-founder of Insan, a non-profit organization founded…
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90 Days, 90 Voices – Suzanne Akhras Sahloul

Suzanne Akhras Sahloul is the founder and executive director of the Syrian Community Network, which helps Syrian refugees make a new home in the Chicago area. Akhras Sahloul was born in Homs — Syria’s third largest city — and came to the United States at 10 years old. She represented the Syrian American community at…
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Want To Help Refugees? ‘Don’t Just Stay Angry’ — Volunteer, Donate, Hire

NORTH CENTER — Activists who've spent years assisting refugees and immigrants said the recent outpouring of support for their cause has been overwhelming. Rebecca Glenberg, a staff attorney in the Chicago office of the ACLU, said she'd never seen anything like the massive protests that took place at O'Hare over the weekend — "Certainly not…
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Trump won’t make America great again without refugees

The president has decided that none of them can come here either for the next 120 days. It doesn’t matter whether they’re a Baptist Chin family that fled Burma like the one I wrote about at Christmas or a pair of 20-something cousins from the Congo who have spent the past 18 years in a…
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Trump’s refugee ban betrays American values

"We were wrong." That's how then-Deputy Secretary of State William Burns summarized one of the most notorious episodes in the history of American refugee policy. In 1939, the MS Saint Louis carried 937 Jewish refugees toward our shores. President Franklin Roosevelt's administration denied the ship access to the U.S., forcing it to return to Europe.…
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