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Closer look at a refugee resettlement program

As part of their summer research project, students visited World Relief, an organization that provides resettlement services, employment assistance, and counseling for recent arrivals from Bhutan, Burundi, Sudan, Ukraine, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and other countries.

Olga Gutan ’19, Bright Lole ’18, Sinta Regassa ’17, and Ralph Taylor ’19 toured the facilities, located in suburban Chicago, with Professor of Economics Les Dlabay. The students are working with Dlabay on various projects related to financial services and business development in varied global cultural settings. 

This local branch of World Relief serves immigrants, refugees, asylees, and victims of human trafficking who have fled war, torture, and persecution. Medical assistance includes transportation for health screenings and vaccinations.

The warehouse stores donated items given to refugee families as they establish lives in America. The international efforts of World Relief, which operates in 14 countries, include disaster relief, health and child development, economic development to provide food, clean water, and adequate healthcare, and peacebuilding programs in conflict zones.