What is Co-Sponsorship?
Each refugee resettled in the United States is sponsored by a resettlement agency – that’s us! Co-sponsorship is an opportunity for HIAS Chicago and Chicagoland groups, including synagogues and others, to work in partnership and ensure that each individual and family’s needs are met, that their integration into their new community goes smoothly, and that they are on their way to self-sufficiency.
When refugees first arrive in Chicago, often with nothing more than a single suitcase, they are overwhelmed by a new language, new culture and new environment. Together, we can help them understand and adjust to all that is around them and provide critical financial and social-emotional support.
In essence, congregational co-sponsorship changes the lives of the refugees – and hugely impacts yours in the process.
Questions? Contact Jessica Schaffer, HIAS Chicago Director, at JessicaSchaffer@jcfs.org or 312-673-3232.
Mishkan Chicago's Refugee Welcome team celebrates the arrival of the Syrian refugee family of four that they helped co-sponsor, December 2016.