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Building Peaceful Bridges is a nonprofit organization supporting people of all faiths whose mission is to foster multicultural relationships by assisting in the integration of refugees into American society and educating communities on the challenges facing refugee populations through their stories.
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Joblessness is a challenge for all of us these days given COVID, especially for the refugee community. Let’s support training of our fellow refugees in gaining the skills that will facilitate getting work.
In partnership with ICNA Relief Chicago, BPB is seeking:
Four sewing machines (new or used) or
Donate $100 towards a new machine
BPB c/o Lori Lucchetti, 1520 Forest Drive, Glenview, IL 60025
ICNA sewing classes began in May. Recent graduates have successfully completed the program and found employment! They have made face masks, t-shirts, hats, dresses, among other clothing.
Other refugees are on a wait list for these classes. With your donation, we can assist more refugees become financially independent.
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Mentoring and Sponsorship
Support a refugee family by meeting together monthly or bi-monthly, introducing them to life in America, engaging in conversations that improve their English, or assisting their study toward citizenship.
Bringing People Together
Form new and lasting friendships. Gather for monthly luncheons. Meet neighbors and refugees from around the world. Hear speakers address issues relevant to today’s refugees.
Giving Families a Head Start
Together with a refugee family create a new living space: donate clothing and furniture, assist with rent, groceries, and basic necessities, prepare a welcome box, or share cultural values and meals.
Cultural Educational Events
Join us for an event and hear the story of a refugee. Learn what it is like to navigate a new home in a foreign country through refugees’ stories. Listen, first hand, to a journalist’s experience in a refugee camp.
Ahlam al-Jebory Mahmood fled her home in Iraq after being kidnapped for her work running a humanitarian center near Baghdad during the war in Iraq. In 2008, she was a refugee in Syria working as a “fixer”–providing Western media with trustworthy information and contacts to help get the news out. She not only supported her husband and two children through her work with foreign journalists but set up a makeshift school for displaced girls. She was working as an unofficial leader of the refugee community in Damascus until she was arrested and imprisoned for her work. The story of her incredible journey from Baghdad to Damascus to Chicago is told in the multi-award-winning book A Disappearance in Damascus by Deborah Campbell, now optioned for screen by Terry George, director of Hotel Rwanda. LEARN MORE.
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Building Peaceful Bridges is a 501(c)(3) organization. EIN: 83-2282738.
Your donation is tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Up to 87% of funding goes directly to help refugee families.
Form 1023 including all attachments and Form 990 are made available to the public upon request.