Immigrant Housing in Chalice House

Posted on December 11, 2019
Category: Outreach
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STRETCH GOAL $3,000 Chalice House is a shared project whereby Countryside Church Unitarian Universalist (Palatine, IL) will partner with Interfaith Community for Detained Immigrants (ICDI) to provide temporary housing and hospitality in a 4-bedroom, 2-bathroom house owned by CCUU to ICDI’s asylum-seeking clients. Community-based housing such as Chalice House offers alternatives to detention while an immigrant’s case is pending so that families can stay together and immigrants don’t experience additional trauma in immigration detention centers.
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The need for housing for immigrants seeking asylum in the U.S. is critically important. In a recently released report, the National Immigrant Justice Center described immigration detention centers as a “sprawling network of wasteful prisons operated by for-profit companies, county jails, and a small number of processing centers owned by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that are interchangeable from jails in structure and practice.”

Countryside Church Unitarian Universalist (Palatine, IL) currently owns a 4-bedroom, 2-bathroom house, and we are partnering with Interfaith Community for Detained Immigrants (ICDI) to convert this home into transitional housing for immigrants seeking asylum.

It’s our goal for the home to be ready for a family by sometime in 2nd Quarter 2020.

Chalice House is a shared project whereby ICDI provides ongoing services and support to its asylum-seeking clients, while Countryside and donors like you provide housing and hospitality. Community-based housing such as Chalice House offers alternatives to detention while an immigrant’s case is pending so that families can stay together and immigrants don’t experience additional trauma in immigration detention centers.

ICDI is a non-profit, faith-based organization that provides housing and other services to immigrants released from ICE detention. An ICDI case manager connects people to educational, ESL, religious, health, and legal services. By providing a supportive and caring environment and trauma-informed care, ICDI seeks to help people heal and adjust to life in the U.S. while they wait for future court dates or work permits.

Chalice House is a way to build the beloved community right here, right now. But we can’t do it alone — this is where the support from you can come in. In addition to seeking the support (both financial and volunteer) of areas congregations and community groups, we are seeking support from individuals who support this cause.

If, for any reason, Chalice House does not come to fruition, all funds will go directly to ICDI to support other community housing for immigrants.

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Housing and Hospitality for Immigrant Asylum Seekers in Chalice House 3,000.00

Chalice House is a shared project whereby Countryside Church Unitarian Universalist (Palatine, IL) will partner with Interfaith Community for Detained Immigrants (ICDI) to provide temporary housing and hospitality in a 4-bedroom, 2-bathroom house owned by CCUU to ICDI’s asylum-seeking clients. Community-based housing such as Chalice House offers alternatives to detention while an immigrant’s case is pending so that families can stay together and immigrants don’t experience additional trauma in immigration detention centers. The funds will enable us to meet our crowdsourcing goals for the project through 2020.

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