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2021: A Year of Gratitude & Hope

Updated: Apr 20, 2022

As we near the end of 2021, there are many outstanding local and global issues that remain prevalent and daunting. At REACH we believe there are tangible ways to address some of these sobering issues at a grassroots level by building a strong, coordinated community of donors, partners, volunteers, and refugee stakeholders.

Meaningful experiences, partnerships, and community collaborations bring us together to positively impact the lives of refugee and asylum-seeking youth and their families, illuminating pathways for socio-emotional and physical well-being, academic success, stewardship, and connections as they integrate into mainstream American society. We are incredibly thankful for the outstanding community support we've received in 2021 and we are committed to sharing our results with you. Here are some key annual outcomes:


A diversity of individuals and institutions made these successes possible, including our donors, volunteers, and partners, most of whom are acknowledged below.



Colonel Stanley McNeil Foundation

Crown Family Philanthropies (staff-driven gift)

Glenhagen Farm Retreat

Hello Neighbor Network (care of the Good Peoples Fund)

Hello Neighbor Network (care of the Harnisch Foundation)

Hello Neighbor Network (care of the Walmart Foundation)

Hello Neighbor Network (care of USA for UNHCR)

Laureus USA

Marketing Innovators

Mission & Ministry, Inc. (Daughters of Charity)

Prairie State Canoeists

Presidential Inaugural Committee Field of Flag Donors

Backyard Nature Center (BYNC)

Chicago Adventure Therapy

Chicago Flyfishing Outfitters

Chicago River Canoe & kayak

Exclaim, Inc.

Sea Tow Foundation

Tech Soup

2Bici Bike Shop

Andrew Tescon & Nancy Hagen

David & Kristen Huffman-Gottschling

Kevin Rolfs & Silvia Antenucci

Emily Fleitz

Jason Brashares

James Tibensky

Jim Berg

Katherine Key

Laura Youngberg

Marlene Bertolozzi

Mike Van Horn

Nancy DeWeese

Nancy Gottlieb

Nancy Quinn

John & Sandi McNicholas

Stephanie Ferrera

Andrea Devening

April Simon

Berhane Hailemichael

Carolyn Rusiackas

Cathy Youngberg

Christian Sabwa

Christine Milne

Christine Worny

Cindy Stevens

Curt Franzmann

Dave Saunders

​Deepa Gupta

​Donald Opitz

Donald & Celine Woznica

Eileen Laske

Eileen Ryan

Elizabeth Elder

Erin Hawkinson

Georgina D'Angelo

Iman Khayam

Iyabo Anifowoshe

Jamie Rolfs

Janet March

​Jill Wachholz

Joanna Michel

Joey Gleason

​Jonathan Gillis

Joseph Swano

Joy Coombes

Kathy Latek Chiwah

Kia Wright-Talaska

Latha Chekuru

​Laura Statesir

Linda Johns

Loch Phillips

Martha Hynes

Melanie Trombley

Melissa Foster

​Pam Palmentara

​Ralph Akers

Rasha Al Hasnawi

Rebeca Bishop

Sally Lockwood

Sandra Castillo

Sanne Sulanko

Scott Peterson

​Shana Wills

Sharon Djemal

Sophie Charles

Steve Key

Susan Horgan

​Susan Odom

​Suzanne Pasha

Suzanne A. Sahloul

​Sweenersoe Thako

​Thomas & Linda Cole

Tim Magner

​Victor Holstein

Victoria Ferrera

Vladimir Naumovic

Yasmin Ranney

Zachary Moeller

Amy Dix

Ginger Carney

Stephanie Thomas


Abdul Al Ibrahim

Aziza Mohammadi

Chelsea Bundy

Elaine "Ellie" Hease

Emily Linder

​Ginger Carney

Imran Mohammad

Jason Brashares

James Tibensky

Jim Berg

Joshua Gizzard

​Julie Kanak

Margaret Halquist

Marina Burka

Michael Hersick

​Michelle Adeniyi

Nancy DeWeese

Oscar Fuentes

Rasha Al Hasnawi

Sandra McNicholas

Shilpa Bavikatte

Simon Huffman-Gottschling

Skylynn Roxo

Steve Key

Thomas Barreto


2Bici Bike Shop

American Red Cross

Backyard Nature Center (BYNC)

Chicago Adventure Therapy (CAT)

Chicago Flyfishing Outfitters

Chicago River Canoe & Kayak

Chicago Wilderness

Forest Preserves of Cook County

Forest Preserves of DuPage County

Glenhagen Farm Retreat

Hello Neighbor Network

Illinois Refugee Social Services Consortium

Maggie Daley Park

Morton Arboretum

My Chi My Future

Nature's Farm Camp

Refugee Action Network

The Forge -Lemont Quarries

Urban Rivers

World Refugee Day Chicago

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