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The Syrian Community Network (SCN) was established by a diverse team of community members with intentions to aid and to assist in easing the resettlement of Syrian refugees. SCN is prepared and organized to support the anticipated influx of Syrian refugees scheduled for resettlement in the Chicagoland area.
SCN is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that will supplement efforts on helping the refugees adjust to their new home. What distinguishes SCN from other organizations is that it wants to facilitate building the bridge for mutual support between the newly arrived Syrian refugees with local Chicago communities.
The following are SCN goals:
- To partner with refugee resettlement agencies in providing support to the newly-arrived Syrian refugees
- To connect refugees with appropriate services and community resources available
- To foster a relationship between the Syrian refugees and the larger Chicago community
To establish cultural competency for staff working with Syrian refugees as well as for Syrians who need to learn about their new culture in the US.
The Syrian Community Network offers opportunities for volunteers to help families directly through direct mentoring of children (helping with homework, etc.) or of adults (helping to read bills, compose a resume, etc.). Also, there is often a need to host a material drive for toys or for items that expectant mothers need. It is possible to deliver such items directly to the families.