UAO aims to serve as the African Community Resource Clearinghouse wherein constituents gather, access information, share experiences, exchange views, and coordinate organizational capacity development. UAO's hub of resources on this website is intended to assist community members in navigating services, programs and resources that are available to help them cope better in the United States.
Rob Paral & Associates is a consulting firm that analyzes (predominantly Census) data. Most of their work relates to the Chicago area. This website contains maps showing, among other things, immigration patterns over the years.
In 2011, United African Organization and allies succeeded in passing a law (HB5783) that recognizes natural hair braiding as a profession in Illinois, separate from Cosmetology. Under this law, hair braiders are freed from the cost and time spent on training for chemically proceeded hair treatments. Hair braiders can now pursue their dreams as legitimate entrepreneurs, creating jobs and opportunity for low-income women.
Instructions and applications for a Hair Braiders License is available online, by click here.
For questions, further information or assistance with applications, contact the UAO on 312-949-9980.
Healthy African cooking. Modified traditional recipe outlining health benefits.
Find a local health center that provides services for immigrants and limited English proficient familes.
The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), an office of the United States government, provides support for refugee populations in the United States. For more information, visit the ORR website.
The Golden Door Coalition is a coalition of individuals and organizations committed to the resettlement of refugees in Illinois with dignity and the support necessary to thrive in our nation. Its members represent a broad range of ethnic communities, faith communities, employers, community-based organizations and others.
For more information, visit the website: www.goldendoorcoalition.org
A good starting point for information on how to apply for asylum is at the USCIS website.
For more information on how to apply for asylum in the United States, or assistance with the application process, contact the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC). Instructions of how to schedule an appointment at the Center are available in English, Spanish and French.