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"We are not here to take. We are here to GIVE."

April 24, 2020 - " We are not here to take. We are here to GIVE. I credit World Relief for helping my family in our time of need. I was a...
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Pursuing her dreams: Ibtisam's Tailor Shop

January 14, 2020 - Friends came together to celebrate the ribbon cutting and grand opening of Ibtisam’s Tailor Shop in Lombard. As many sma...
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Meet Ibtisam

September 15, 2017 - I climbed three flights of stairs stepping over lovely green plants decorating the apartment building to Ibtisam & her h...
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football, bracelets, & building friendships: Summer Youth Clubs with World Relief

July 18, 2017 - Last Friday was the last day of our Summer Youth Clubs for World Relief Dupage/Aurora. The summer program brought togeth...
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Anchored in Hope:Volunteer Appreciation with World Relief

May 01, 2017 - World Relief Dupage/Aurora thanked the many volunteers that make their work with refugees and immigrants possible Friday...
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Kids March to say "We Welcome Refugees" in Chicago

March 27, 2017 - Yesterday my girls and I headed to the "Bean" officially known as Cloud Gate in Chicago to join with kids who organized...
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SIVs tell their stories

March 07, 2017 - Last week many gathered in Cafe K'Tizo (umm, try the vanilla herbal tea latte!!) to hear some of the stories of those wh...
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"...a peaceful life for my family."

February 02, 2017 - “ Being here in the U.S. is everything for my family, ” said Ammar. “ It is school for my children, health care for my s...
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An evening with the authors of Seeking Refuge

September 09, 2016 - Last night I have the privilege of capturing the 3 authors of Seeking Refuge: On the Shores of the Global Refugee Crisis...
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On the Job with WRDA

August 30, 2016 - When World Relief Dupage/Aurora told me about this company who was not only employing refugees but even requesting more...
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"I need to fear God because no one is like Him." One story of a reunion 11 years in the making.

April 11, 2016 - There are moments of our life when we feel so blessed to be a certain place at a certain time because we sense that we a...
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on becoming an American citizen

January 28, 2016 - Like many people I think I have always taken my citizenship for granted. I was born into it and I never really gave it m...
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Thanksgiving with World Relief

November 24, 2015 - I spent the morning with beautiful people from around the world that have come to the U.S. as refugees and are being ser...
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a world in a classroom

November 13, 2014 - There are men and women from at least 7 different countries with different languages and cultures all gathered together...
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being a neighbor

October 24, 2014 - I spent the night eating Sudanese food, giggling with 2 little girls, and capturing a tutoring session with a volunteer...
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On Arriving

September 17, 2014 - In recent years the number of refugees arriving in the U.S. is between 40,000 and 75,000 people each year and typically...
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Celebrating with World Relief Chicago

May 18, 2014 - On Friday night I attended and captured images of World Relief Chicago's annual event: Mosaic of Service. This event cel...
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