Welcoming Immigrants, Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Ebenezer’s community is committed to providing a welcoming environment to all. We have established programs and funds intended to support our newest neighbors in tangible ways. Learn more below about our New Neighbors support group.

Welcome Room

Intended to support recently settled individuals and families in the Chicago area, Ebenezer accepts physical donations of new or gently used furniture, clothing, paper goods and household goods. For information about donating large items, please reach out to our volunteer support team by emailing council@ebenezerchurch.org.
Learn more from our Facebook group “Ebenezer Supports Refugees.”

Support Fund

In addition to support from Ebenezer’s general operating fund we have a dedicated fund for supporting recently settled families and individuals beyond the limited services provided by government organizations. You can give to the fund here by selecting “Other/Special Event” and including “refugee support” in the field provided.

School-Age Tutoring Program

School is tough and it’s even tougher when you’re learning in a language that isn’t familiar to you or the adults in your life. Ebenezer’s weekly tutoring program meets throughout the school year and in 2019 serves 50 students from 1st through 12th grade. We provide a meal and average 1 tutor with 2 kids for 2 hours.
Throughout the year, volunteers provide the weekly meal.
To learn more about supporting this program, through monetary gift, by preparing or donating the meal or volunteering your time as a tutor, email Norm Dynneson.

Frank Hoffman Memorial Scholarship Fund

This fund provides scholarships to school-age students in the tutoring program to participate in educational activities. The fund has supported students to cover the cost of college visits, buying books and supplies, participation or application fees for educational programs and the like. You can give to this fund here by selecting “Other/Special Event” and including “Frank Hoffman Scholarship Fund” in the field provided.