Bridging the hearts and minds of all people.
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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 newcomers into American society and educating communities on the challenges facing newcomer populations through their stories.
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2022 Impact Report
We are happy to release our 2022 Impact Report.
In this report, you can see what our amazing volunteers and supporters have achieved with the generosity of time, skills, financial support and resources. You will read about our four major programs, Mentoring and Sponsoring, Bridge to Belongings, Educational and Advocacy.
In this report, see how you have helped:
- Hawa and Ismail grow and thrive in their new country
- newcomer children become smarter and better students through our new Junior Reading Refuge Book Club
- educate the community on the issues that newcomers face
- give new families much needed clothes, furniture, and household items to get a solid start in their new lives
- advocate for policies that support our newcomers
Read about how we have partnered with amazing organizations to help make all of this happen.
Building Peaceful Bridges is growing and with that growth is able to help more newcomers. You are critical to our mission. Read about the journey, join us in celebrating successes and know that it is your support that makes real change in newcomer lives.
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Mentoring and Sponsorship
Bringing People Together
Giving Families a Head Start
Cultural Educational Events
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 91% of funding goes directly to help refugee families.
Form 1023 including all attachments and Form 990 are made available to the public upon request.