Press Clippings

July 10th, 2024

Community organizations still asking for support, as families recover from house explosion

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — It's been three weeks since a family's home exploded on Carbon Street in Syracuse, sparked by an uncapped gas valve in the basement.

June 24th, 2024

Community prays for victims after gas leak causes house explosion on Carbon Street

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Upstate Hospital confirms that five people, including three children, remain in critical condition after a gas leak caused an explosion in a house on Carbon Street, leading to it collapsing.

June 24th, 2024

'You can imagine the trauma': Update on collapsed house victims

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — On June 18, tragedy struck two families that were celebrating a religious holiday at a home in Syracuse's Northside.

June 20th, 2024

Mayor Johnson must end migrant shelter evictions, Latino aldermen say

Chicago’s policy of evicting migrants living in shelters after a 60-day stay needs to end, the City Council’s Latino Caucus told Mayor Brandon Johnson in a letter Monday.

June 20th, 2024

Zakat Foundation Distributes Qurbani Meat in New York City

The United States Charity Organization, Zakat Foundation of America, has successfully distributed Qurbani meat to families across four boroughs in New York City.

June 13th, 2024

Shelter for migrants in families opens at St. Bartholomew Church in Portage Park

CHICAGO (WLS) -- City and county leaders attended a welcome party on Tuesday for asylum-seekers who have a new home in a Portage Park shelter.

June 13th, 2024

Officials celebrate migrant shelter opening in Portage Park

Mayor Brandon Johnson and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle stood among elected officials Tuesday night hailing the opening of a shelter for newly-arrived migrants in the Portage Park neighborhood

June 13th, 2024

Portage Park school converted into migrant shelter, hosting 300 migrants

A former Catholic school building located in the city’s Portage Park neighborhood is being converted into migrant housing; however, despite a grand opening celebration held on Tuesday, the facility isn’t move-in ready.

June 13th, 2024

Migrant arrivals have slowed in Chicago, but new shelter opens as need continues

At the beginning of 2024, there were 28 city shelters housing migrants. Now, that number is down to 17. Now, a shelter at St. Bartholomew Church is helping migrants who have newly arrived at the city's landing zone.

June 12th, 2024

Migrants welcomed at newly opened shelter in former Catholic school on Northwest Side

Mayor Brandon Johnson and Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle greeted Chicago’s newest arrivals, who’ve taken up residence at the old St. Bartholomew school and convent in Portage Park.

June 12th, 2024

Migrants Welcomed To New Portage Park Shelter: ‘You’re Our Neighbors Now’

About 50 asylum seekers have moved into St. Bartholomew shelter since May 20. Residents said they made the long journey to the United States to “feel safe.”

June 12th, 2024

Migrants Get 6 Months of Housing Under New Shelter Plan

A new migrant shelter in Chicago is expected to allow six-month occupancy, compared to the city's current 60-day policy.