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:

  1. Neither the Mayor nor any City Official were notified beforehand that these individuals would be coming to our community.
  2. No City resources are being utilized to house these individuals.
  3. 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.
  4. The federal government has granted legal refugee status to these migrants, therefore they are legally permitted to be in the United States.
  5. The City of Countryside does not have the authority to prohibit anyone from staying at any of our hotels.
  6. Humanitarian assistance is being coordinated by the Illinois Department of Human Services, Cook County Government, and several social service agencies.
  7. 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 contactus@rinconfamilyservices.org.

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.