World Relief

To escape the horrors of Burma, Congo and other nations in turmoil, thousands of families and individuals come to the Chicago area as refugees. Many have been on the run for years and have no money, no food, no jobs and no home. Can you imagine how frightened and overwhelmed you would feel if you suddenly transported to another country where you didn’t understand the culture, inventions or even language?

But they can have a friend…

South Park Church is partnering with World Relief Chicago to greet these refugees at the airport, take them to their own furnished apartments and provide friendship and support as they resettle in America!


Upcoming Events

World Relief Furniture Pick Up Day
Saturday, July 22, 2017

World Relief Chicago will be in the Park Ridge, Skokie, Niles, Evanston, Lincolnwood, Des Plaines area on Saturday, July 22 to pick up furniture for newly arriving refugee families. They are looking for the following items:

- Loveseats
- Small couches
- Living room chairs
- Kitchen/dining tables
- Kitchen/dining chairs
- Dressers
- Coffee tables and end tables
- Floor lamps
- Area rugs (lightly used, clean)

Items must be in good repair. No odors, pet hair, major stains, or major rips. Please email your address and a picture of your furniture to



World Relief Chicago (WRC) is the only evangelical agency authorized by the U.S. Department of State to resettle refugees in the United States. This often includes housing, cultural orientation, job placement assistance, English language classes, legal services, and referrals to mental health counseling centers.

While WRC provides so many of the tangible needs of the refugee, there are five ways that you can help.

  1. “Friend” a refugee: Ideally, each refugee family is paired with a friend family to provide emotional support and augment what they are learning at WRC. The expectation is that you’ll connect with your refugee family at least once a week for at least 6 weeks. The time together can be an informal time in your home or their apartment, sharing a meal, allowing them to practice English, teaching them where to shop for food, who to trust, how to ride public transportation, etc. Read more...
  2. Provide a “good neighbor kit”: WRC will provide the apartment and bed and dresser but needs volunteers to thoroughly clean and completely furnish the apartment with kitchen supplies, bedding, food and more. A full list of items needed can be found at the "Good Neighbor Kit”. This is a great experience for individual families or for small groups. Read more...
  3. Tutoring/ESL Teaching/Youth After School Programs: WRC could use tutors at their Albany Park location in a number of subjects and age ranges. Assistance is also needed in weekly ESL classrooms as well as youth after school. Read more...
  4. Donations: Several times a year, South Park Church will organize donation drives to help with specific needs. Items can be dropped off at the church during specific dates for delivery to WRC – keep an eye out for more information. Meanwhile, if you have large items such as a dresser, you can contact World Relief Chicago directly by emailing Jacob Mao at
  5. Administrative Services: WRC has numerous administrative tasks, which vary in time and commitment levels. These administrative needs include volunteering before/during their annual fund raising event, office reception desk coverage, filling out paperwork for monthly citizenship workshops, and legal services office help. Read more...

“… if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness…” – Isaiah 58:10