Peerless Network Donates $32,500 to RefugeeOne

Peerless Network, an edge global communications provider and part of the Infobip family, has donated $32,500 to RefugeeOne, a Chicago-based not-for-profit whose mission is to create opportunities for refugees fleeing war, terror and persecution to build new lives of safety, dignity, and self-reliance.

In response to the war in Ukraine, Peerless collected donations from employees and matched employee contributions dollar-for-dollar. The money presented to RefugeeOne is earmarked to help refugees from Ukraine transition to life in the Chicago area.

“We are thrilled and humbled by the way you all have rallied around this cause with such generosity. We continue to take on Ukrainian clients as word-of-mouth continues to spread. Thus far, RefugeeOne has been able to help over 450 people in need,” said Jenn Bosma Goodwin, assistant director of development for RefugeeOne. “Your support makes a world of difference in helping us welcome them to our community and start rebuilding their lives here in the U.S.”

RefugeeOne has been an important resource for families from Ukraine relocating to the Chicago area. The organization expanded its case manager team and offers these services:

  • Enrolling all eligible individuals and families in public benefits programs to secure an income source and assisting in applying for work authorization documents.
  • Securing available state funding of $4,000 per family or $2,000 for individuals through a special grant.
  • Serving as a resource for information on immigration status and making referrals for legal applications.
  • Making individuals aware of services, including English classes, youth programs, employment support, and wellness services.
  • Connecting Ukrainians with local food pantries and other community support resources.

“I am grateful to our employees for initiating this effort and for their tremendous generosity in helping Ukrainians who are coming here because of the war that continues to devastate their country. Like Peerless, our new parent company Infobip has supported the people of Ukraine since the beginning of this crisis contributing not only funds and supplies but also opening up their homes in Croatia to Ukrainians fleeing their country,” said John Barnicle, president and CEO of Peerless Network. “For those Ukrainian refugees that have moved to the Chicago area, we are thankful that the team at RefugeeOne is making this transition easier, and I am proud that we are able to support the important hands-on work they are doing in our city.”

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