2017 Community Service

SASE Community Service: Helping Refugees Build New Lives of Safety, Dignity and Self-Reliance

Globally, over 152 million people are in need of humanitarian aid—and at least 65 million have been forcibly driven from their homes. In the last fiscal year, the United States accepted roughly 85,000 refugees into the country, with over 40% being from East and Southeast Asia.,Even after escaping violence and war, refugees are confronted with unique challenges upon arrival in the U.S. The current political climate and anti-refugee, anti-immigrant rhetoric have led to stress, uncertainty, and even an increased need for mental health services for many refugee families.


At National Conference 2017, SASE will partner with RefugeeOne, Illinois’ largest refugee resettlement agency, to help create opportunities for refugees. Since 1982, RefugeeOne has resettled more than 17,500 refugees fleeing war, terror and persecution. Against the backdrop of the global refugee crisis, the agency welcomed a record 844 refugees to Chicago in 2016—their largest group in 25 years—and nearly half were children. With the help of more than 1,400 volunteers, RefugeeOne helps refugees and immigrants become self-reliant in as few as 6 to 9 months.  


The SASE National Conference Community Service Committee asks you to please help SASE and RefugeeOne in supporting refugees through their resettlement journeys.


Participate in the Community Service Project at the 2017 SASE National Conference this fall by making a donation to the program. Each donation made at the conference of $10 or more will be complemented with a commemorative SASE NC coin and each donation of $20 or more will be complemented with an opportunity to stuff a panda bear plush doll outfitted in a SASE NC tee shirt that can be donated to RefugeeOne or kept as a keepsake.