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About Us

Contact us by email at chicagoland@wr.org

Global Reach

 

World Relief is a global Christian humanitarian organization whose mission is to empower the local church to serve the most vulnerable. We aim to tackle the world’s greatest problems with holistic, locally-driven solutions that lead to lasting change — whether in response to disasters, extreme poverty, violence, oppression or mass displacement and immigration. World Relief’s work in the United States, specifically, focuses on helping refugees and other immigrants in vulnerable situations rebuild their lives in a new country.

Local Impact

 

At World Relief Chicagoland, we come alongside refugees and other immigrants in vulnerable situations as they rebuild their lives in the United States. For over 40 years, we’ve been welcoming immigrants and refugees across Chicagoland, starting with refugee resettlement in Chicago and DuPage County (1979), and later in Aurora (1999).  

For decades, we have empowered churches, community organizations and people like you to adapt to the challenges of the moment for the sake of refugees. As needs have increased in recent years, we have expanded our work beyond refugees to include all immigrants in vulnerable situations. 

Today, World Relief Chicagoland is part of a national network of offices through which over 400,000 immigrants and refugees have been welcomed into this country.  

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Church Centered

Working with the local church is not only a good strategy, it’s at the very heart of our work. We believe that God gave us a plan to save our broken world, and that it begins with his church, and his people, leading the way. We want to see local churches creating and leading change in their communities.

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Holistic

We believe in transformation of the whole person mind, body and spirit. That’s why our programs focus on addressing the root causes of poverty, vulnerability and injustice. Beyond physical change, we focus on driving mental, social and spiritual transformation.

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Sustainable

We understand that lasting change requires more than quick fixes and band-aid solutions. We prioritize the leadership and participation of those we serve, whether people, churches or local institutions, as critical to creating and sustaining change. Many of our staff are immigrants themselves and have a deep understanding of the challenges our clients face.

Leadership

Financials

Susan Sperry
Executive Director

Dan Allen
Operations and Finance Director

Isoken Aiwerioba
Office Manager, Chicago

Nathan White
Director of Development

Catherine Norquist
Immigration Legal Services Director

Mary Cerutti
Education Director, DuPage & Aurora

Holly Tseng
Volunteer Mobilization Director

Mike Moline
Education Director, Chicago

Stephanie Webb
Immigrant Family Services Director, DuPage & Aurora

Peter Zigterman
Immigrant Family Services Director, Chicago

Sara Aardema
Director of Church & Volunteer Engagement, Chicago

Keith Draper
Director of Church & Volunteer Engagement, DuPage & Aurora

At World Relief, we are committed to prayerful, efficient and thoughtful stewardship of every donation. When you invest in us, you can trust not only that your resources are being directed to the right places, but also that those resources are being used in the smartest, most efficient ways possible due to the collective expertise of our organization.

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