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 sponsored a refugee family’s resettlement into Rogers Park/Edgewater through Catholic Charities’ Refugee Resettlement Program. Loyola’s initiative in this process sought 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 identified a family from the Democratic Republic of the Congo through Catholic Charities who needed support as they transitioned to Chicago. Louise, Kabwe, and their five sons, arrived to the U.S. on August 31, 2016, and the Loyola community supported them in various ways over the course of their first year. A support committee comprised of faculty, staff, and students was formed to represent the University as we accompanied this family during their first year in Chicago. As their sponsors, we raised funds for the family’s first three months of rent, household needs, and transportation.

Louise and Kabwe family photo

Ongoing Financial Support for the Kabwe Family

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, “Kabwe Family”

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

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