Loyola University Chicago

Mission & Identity

Refugee Resettlement Program

In light of Plan 2020 calling us to engage with our surrounding communities and build a more just, humane, and sustainable world, Loyola will sponsor a refugee family’s resettlement into Rogers Park/Edgewater through Catholic Charities’ Refugee Resettlement Program. Loyola’s initiative in this process seeks to bear witness to the dignity of the lives of refugees by leveraging expertise, capital and human resources to aid a refugee family in need of a home.

Refugee Family IC

"Express the Gospel in concrete terms and take in a family of refugees." - Pope Francis

The University has recently identified a family from the Democratic Republic of the Congo who needs support as they transition to Chicago. Louise, Kabwe, and their five sons, arrived to the U.S on August 31, and our community will support them in various ways over the course of the next year. Most immediately, a support committee comprising faculty, staff, and students has been formed to represent the University as we accompany this family during their first year in Chicago. As their sponsors, we will raise funds for the family’s first three months of rent, household needs, and transportation. The monetary estimate is $9,200.

Louise and Kabwe family photo


If you are able to support this family monetarily, please consider donating to Catholic Charities’ Refugee Resettlement Program through monetary donations and gift cards.

Online donations can be made through Catholic Charities. In the comment section note that the donation is for the Loyola family, “Louise and Kabwe Family”

Personal checks should be made out to Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Program with “Louise and Kabwe Family” in the memo.

Gift cards should include a note that the donation is intended for the “Louise and Kabwe Family.”

Checks and gift cards should be sent to Mission and Identity in Cuneo Hall, Room 432, Lake Shore Campus, where the donations will be collected and delivered to Catholic Charities.

If you have any questions, please contact Chris Murphy at cmurph3@luc.edu or 773.508.7431