A blog post written by Hannah Bonifacius, World Relief Chicago ESL Instructor. Inside World Relief’s ESL classrooms the direct, but often forgotten, correlation between language and restoration exists fully. The term restoration referred to here as rebirth found in relational and cultural forgiveness, the discoveries and acknowledgements of one’s abilities, and the eagerness to employ … Continue reading Restoration in the ESL Classroom
World Relief Chicago sat down with Mike Moline, the Director of Education at World Relief Chicago, to talk about the office’s ESL programs. Beginning as an ESL instructor with WRC 15 years ago, Mike stepped into the Director role in 2010. He explains, "I started in ESL in my early 20s, being exposed to … Continue reading Education Q&A, Importance of ESL
In 2016, along with a mission team from Nairobi Baptist Church, James came to serve with us for a whole week in July while our resettlement department was in a very busy season with lots of refugee arrivals. One of the churches in our network, Park Community Church, partners with James’ church in Nairobi, Kenya. … Continue reading Volunteer Perspectives
Image source: Disney/Marvel Studios Have you seen it? I’m sure you’ve at least heard about it, right? And now you’re wondering, “What on earth is she referring to?” The movie Black Panther, of course! The Black Panther superhero was first introduced in a Marvel comic in 1966 and received its own comic in 1977. The … Continue reading What can we learn from Black Panther?
World Relief's Director of Refugee Resettlement, Christy Hillebrand, is back to answer more questions about resettlement in the United States! Question: How much money does the government give to each refugee to help them settle here? Answer: World Relief Chicago refugee receives $1125 per person to spend on the refugee’s behalf as a part of … Continue reading Refugee Resettlement Basics: Part 2
Are you interested in learning more about refugees? The resettlement process can be very confusing and time-consuming, so we sat down with Christy Hillebrand to answer some frequently asked questions. Christy is the Director of Refugee Resettlement here at World Relief Chicago and has been here for 1.5 years. She has served refugees in Wisconsin, … Continue reading Refugee Resettlement Basics: Part 1
Has immigration been a hot topic in your circles lately? We sat down with Mia Rubin, our Interim Immigration Legal Services Director, to break down the basics. Mia is passionate about serving refugees and immigrants in Chicago, and she has been involved in the work of World Relief Chicago since 2015. Question: What is the history behind the Diversity Visa Lottery and … Continue reading 8 Questions about Immigration in 8 Minutes