To the Residents of Countryside:
As you may know, 40 Venezuelan migrants (mainly women and children) were bussed from Texas to Illinois and are temporarily staying at the Holiday Inn in Countryside. Unfortunately, there has been a great deal of misinformation in the community regarding this situation. Here are the facts:
- Neither the Mayor nor any City Official were notified beforehand that these individuals would be coming to our community.
- No City resources are being utilized to house these individuals.
- Refugees entering the United States received health screenings at the border and those requiring isolation are taken to a public health shelter to receive medical services.
- The federal government has granted legal refugee status to these migrants, therefore they are legally permitted to be in the United States.
- The City of Countryside does not have the authority to prohibit anyone from staying at any of our hotels.
- Humanitarian assistance is being coordinated by the Illinois Department of Human Services, Cook County Government, and several social service agencies.
- The City of Countryside is being periodically updated by the aforementioned agencies.
Residents interested in providing financial assistance to the refugees should contact Gabby at Rincon Family Services at 312-852-0035 or email@example.com.
General Items Needed:
Gift Cards, Large Suitcases/Duffle Bags, Adult Clothing, Undergarments, Reusable Water Bottles.
Kids Items (ages 1-12)Needed:
Clothing Sizes (2-14), Undergarments and Socks, Strollers, Pack-N-Plays, Toddler Plates/Sippy Cups, Toys, Shoes.
Phones, electronics and sim cards are also needed for accessing email and websites for immigration communication.