19th District Mutual Aid
Support for New Neighbors

Asylum seekers, or Nuevos Vecinos (new neighbors), stayed at the 19th District Police Station from April to December 2023. 

As of December 2023, all Nuevos Vecinos have been transitioned to shelter. Tremendous needs persist for Nuevos Vecinos staying in nearby shelters and those who have recently transitioned to housing.

Our mission is to provide housing, work authorization and asylum application support, and support to Nuevos Vecinos formerly at the 19th police precinct and currently at local shelters, primarily the American Islamic College (AIC) shelter nearby our district, and in their transition to housing. We also support new arrivals at the Landing Zone with essential supplies through welcome kits.

Since January 2024:

Our mutual aid network was recently recognized by the Chicago Reader as “the best community living Chicago’s welcoming city values."

None of this would be possible without the incredible support and engagement of this community, for which we remain grateful.

Credit: Colin Boyle/Block Club Chicago 

There is still work to be done!
The 19th District Mutual Aid Network continues to work to fill the gaps and provide essential goods and services to new neighbors.

Review the opportunities below and complete our Volunteer Intake Form to get more involved - we'll do our best to match your skills, interests, and availability with opportunities to support. Completing this form will also add you to our weekly "Action Updates" email with the highest priority needs each week.

You can also jump right into the opportunities detailed below without waiting and join our WhatsApp Group here.


Cash donations are critical to supplement the in-kind donations we receive and are utilized to:

Donating Supplies

We have a team creating welcome kits filled with essentials. These are being given to migrants when they come to Chicago and arrive at the city's Landing Zone and the nearby AIC shelter.  

Drop-In Supply Sorting and Welcome Kit Making

Drop in to help sort donations and pack welcome kits at Broadway United Methodist Church.

Volunteer Times:

 No ongoing commitment required - any time you can give is appreciated. 

Teaching ESL Class

We have compiled opportunities for small group ESL classes in coordination with a lifelong ESL Educator and a variety of local organizations.

Long Term Housing

We have funds available to house migrant families for a six-month period.


We are looking for drivers to help out as needs arise. 



Missed our most recent volunteer overview meeting? Learn more about our current work and future vision here:

Other Ways to Help & More Information

Information & Resources

Who we are

We are neighbors across the north side, including volunteers from the Police Station Response Team (no affiliation to CPD), Lake View Lutheran Church, Saint Mary of the Lake, Broadway UMC, Centro Romero, and many organizations, and individuals dedicated to providing mutual aid support.  We're partnering with the 19th District Elected Police Councilors and elected officials from local government (44th, 46th, and 47th wards) to support migrant families in need. 

This is truly a community effort and we appreciate your generosity and support. 

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