Where Can I Go to Help Refugees in Illinois?

It is our goal at Open Doors for Refugees to make information accessible about similar organizations that support newly arrived refugees in other states. Here you will find information about resources in Illinois.

The Illinois Department of Human Services maintains a list of community service agencies serving immigrants. Click here to view the full list of organizations, the services they offer, and the areas they serve.

This list is an ongoing effort. Know of another organization in Illinois that helps refugees make a home there? Email [email protected] to let us know!

Multi-County Organizations

World Relief Chicagoland

This organization serves the following counties: Aurora County, Cook County, DuPage County.

“For decades, we have empowered churches, community organizations and people like you to adapt to the challenges of the moment for the sake of refugees. As needs have increased in recent years, we have expanded our work beyond refugees to include all immigrants in vulnerable situations.
Today, World Relief Chicagoland is part of a national network of offices through which over 400,000 immigrants and refugees have been welcomed into this country.”

Aunt Martha’s Health & Wellness

This organization serves the following counties: Cane County, Cook County, Kankakee County, Winnebago County.

“Aunt Martha’s help for immigrants and new residents begins with a team that understands the importance of providing care that is trauma-based and focused on the unique needs of the people and families we serve. Our services for immigrants and new residents are part of the Illinois Welcoming Centers (IWC) program and are funded by the Illinois Department of Human Services.”

Champaign County

The Refugee Center

“The Refugee Center exists to provide services essential to refugee and immigrant resettlement in East Central Illinois, and to aid in the exchange and preservation of their respective cultures.”

Cook County

Arab American Family Services

“Arab American Family Services firmly believes that an educated citizen will significantly contribute to the general welfare of the country. By acquiring citizenship and exercising their right to vote, Arab and Muslim immigrants can actively participate in the democratic process and enjoy the best of what their new country has to offer. AAFS also recognizes that becoming a citizen has tangible benefits.”

The Ethiopian Community Association of Chicago (ECAC)

“ECAC is a valuable resource for refugees and immigrants in the Chicago area. The organization provides a wide range of services that can help people rebuild their lives and become self-sufficient. If you are a refugee or immigrant in need of help, please contact us.”

Heartland Alliance

“Since our founding in 1888, Heartland Alliance has been a beacon of hope for immigrants arriving in the United States. Integral to our mission to provide equity and opportunity for all, we offer critical resources for immigrants, refugees, and asylees through numerous programs and services.”

HIAS Immigration & Citizenship

“At HIAS, our long history of dedication and service continues, as we fulfill our mission through the Jewish values Tikkun Olam and Tzedakah (acts of justice and good deeds), and Bruchim Ha’bayim (welcoming the stranger). We offer an array of services to help people from around the world reunite with family members, find stability, and settle in a community with a sense of belonging in their new country.”


“Every year, RefugeeOne serves more than 2,500 refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants of all ages, ethnic groups, faiths, and backgrounds. Our primary focus is to assist these resilient individuals in becoming independent, self-supporting members of their new Chicagoland community.
We provide holistic services (housing support, English language training, mental health care, employment coaching, youth programs, dental care, and more – at no cost to program participants!) to help newcomers build flourishing lives in Chicago.”

Rock Island County

World Relief Quad Cities

“At World Relief Quad Cities, we come alongside refugees and other immigrants in vulnerable situations as they rebuild their lives in the United States. In the last 24 years, we’ve welcomed over 3,000 immigrants and refugees into the Illinois Quad Cities.
Today, our Rock Island County office offers refugee resettlement services, extended case management, immigration legal services, employment services, mental health services, youth and family services, English education classes, and a food pantry. Learn more about our work below, or click here for ways to get involved.”