Adopt a Refugee Family Initiative

Date:20 July 2011 09:00 to 13 August 2011 12:00

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The Sixth Annual Ramadan Adopt a Refugee Family Initiative is quickly approaching!

Last year, the initiative was a huge success - we helped more than 150 Chicago-land refugee families settle into their new homes. With the growing number of Muslim Refugees coming to Chicago, the UMMA Center recognizes the need to continue this important work!

The mission of the project is to connect one Muslim American Family with at least one Muslim Refugee Family by providing basic essential household items, schools supplies, toys for the children, and also sharing a meal. By allowing this connection we encourage awareness of the Refugee crisis in Chicago and present an opportunity to give during the month of Ramadan.

CAMP is also collecting backpacks filled with school supplies for refugee children. To donate please email  

All of the refugees are newly arrived within the past year, and include Iraqi and Somali families.

Date:  Saturday, August 13, 2011

Drop off time:  9:00am – 12:00pm

IFN parking lot  1751 O'Plaine Road

Waukegan, IL 60085

(847) 406-3730


Everyday up until August 13th, storage at:


230 Terrace Dr.

Mundelein, IL 60060

Mon-Fri 9:30-5:30 PM


Everyday up until August 13th, storage at:

Downtown Islamic Center (DIC)

231 South State St.

Chicago, IL 60604

(312) 939-9095

CAMP Chicago Iftar on Friday, August 5th

Time: 6:30p.m. - 10:30p.m.

Location: Reza's Restaurant

432 W Ontario St, Chicago, IL


Ways you can participate:

1.  Provide a care package or backpack and drop it off at the event (Contact  for the shopping list).

2.  Donate money to cover the cost of a care package for a family ($200 per family)

 *Please note we highly encourage the putting together of baskets with essential items versus donating a gift card as it can be very difficult for refugee families to purchase some of these items on their own. Many times these families travel using public transportation and it would lighten their load if we provided the families with these items.

Cosponsors for this event include: CAMP-CHICAGO, DIC, IFN, ISNS Rolling Meadows, MWA, and MSA

 The UMMA Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to improving opportunities in employment, education, and community development for individuals living in underserved areas of Lake County such as North Chicago, Waukegan, and 


For any questions feel free to contact .

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