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Help immigrants arriving from Texas

Posted: September 12 2022 at 11:04 AM
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Lay Missioners Roberto Moreno and Jackie Moreno Salgado who serve Living Waters NFC in Franklin Park bring donations to dozens of immigrant families staying in a suburban hotel in Burr Ridge.

Updated 9/20/22 - More than 750 asylum seekers from Central and South America have arrived on buses sent from Texas since Aug. 31, according to the city of Chicago. In collaboration with local, state, and federal agencies, the city of Chicago is taking action to ensure they have access to shelter, food, and other resources. 

The city expects to receive hundreds more migrants from Texas. Under the direction of Governor Greg Abbott, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), and the Texas National Guard, the Lone Star state has also bused over 8,000 migrants to the nation's capital since April and over 2,200 migrants to New York City since August 5, according to the state's website.

Individuals and families are housed in temporary Chicago shelters and hotels in nearby suburbs.

Immediate donation needs include:

  • Small size clothing (especially socks and underwear/sports bras)
  • First Aid kits (Band-aids, Bandages, etc)
  • Medications for adults and children (e.g. Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen, etc) 
  • Personal Hygiene items (toiletries, feminine products, etc)
  • Duffle Bags/Small Suitcases


For a more comprehensive list of needed items see these websites:
City of Chicago - Chicago.gov/support
World Relief Chicagoland - worldrelief.org/chicagoland/bus-response
Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) - download flyer 

NIC Collection sites for newly arriving Immigrants/Asylees
NIC Refugee Coordinator Rev. Jonathan Crail is organizing with churches across the conference in each
district to serve as donation collection sites to be centralized locations to bring the items to the city.

Lake North:

Galilee UMC, Highland Park
Church Address: 1696 McGovern St, Highland Park, IL 60035
Contact Person: Pastor Jake Cho
pastor.jakecho@gmail.com
617-678-5815
Hours: By appointment only (Call Pastor Cho) 

Glenview United Methodist Church
727 N. Harlem Ave.
Glenview, IL  50025
847-729-1015
Contact:  Ethel Doyle
lareth@aol.com
847-975-0361
Hours: Monday - Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  or by appointment (Call Ethel Doyle)

Lake South District 

St. Andrew UMC, Homewood
18850 Riegel Rd. 
Homewood, IL 60430 
Contact: Carolyn Funk
shevokas@comcast.net 
708-957-1923
Hours: Monday 10-1, Thursday 10-2, Friday 4-6 

First UMC in LaGrange 
100 W Cossitt Ave.
La Grange, IL 60525 
Contact: Hattie Koher
youth@fumclg.org 
847-682-7896
Hours: Drop off box outside church office 9-4 pm (other times available by request)

Prairie Central District

Aldersgate UMC, Wheaton
1753 S Blanchard Street, 
Wheaton, IL 60189 
Contact: Daniel Cochran
Cell 401-864-2441
Aldersgate.Wheaton@gmail.com
Hours: By Appointment with Daniel

Prairie South District

Sycamore UMC 
160 Johnson Ave.
Sycamore, IL 60178
Contact: Debbie Elleson
815-895-9113
Debbie@sycamoreumc.org
Drop Off Hours: M-F, 10-2

Sugar Grove UMC
176 Main St.
Sugar Grove, IL 60554
Contact: Rev. Tammy Scott 
630-254-4127 
revtammyscott@gmail.com
Office open Mondays & Thursdays 8:30-Noon. 
Bin located near rear entrance for after hours donations! 

Channahon UMC 
24751 West Eames St.
Channahon, IL 60410 
Contact: Lana Stafford
lantwin@sbcglobal.net
(815) 467-5275 
Drop Off Hours: T-F 9:00 to 1:00
Saturday by appt

Prairie North

Faith UMC, Freeport, 1440 S. Walnut Ave. Freeport, IL 61032
Contact: Lisa Hunziker
815-232-6533
FaithUMC@faith-umc.com
Hours: 9-1 M-F

Chicago Donation Drop-Off Locations
Rincon Family Services - 3942 W. North Ave, Chicago;  M-F, 10 am -4 pm
World Relief Chicagoland - 3507 W Lawrence Ave. Chicago, IL 60625, M&W, 10 am - 3 pm
World Relief Chicagoland - DuPage County, 191 S Gary Ave. Ste 130., Carol Stream, IL 60188, M-F, 8:30 am -5 pm
City of Chicago Drop-Off Locations: chicago.gov/city/en/sites/texas-new-arrivals/home/donationlocations.html

Volunteers Needed
Volunteers are needed for donation sorting, distribution, and food service during mealtimes. 
ICIRR is coordinating volunteers and requests to register groups of people rather than individuals to limit the number of follow-up contacts needed using a Volunteer Sign Up Form at forms.gle/xH2a8cQSB9eHXAuH8.

The city of Chicago also needs volunteers - see the link at Chicago.gov/support

Legal Assistance
The Northern Illinois Justice for Our Neighbors is helping migrants seeking asylum with paperwork and court dates. To support their work, visit nijfon.org.

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