Overview: Chaldeans are Aramaic-speaking, Eastern Rite Catholics and Iraq and Syria’s indigenous people. Metro Detroit is home to the largest Chaldean population outside the Middle East with an estimated 150,000. Since the United States’ invasion of Iraq, more than three fourths (1,000,000+) of Iraq’s Christian population have fled due to religious persecution and remain displaced as refugees all over the world. More than 30,000 of these refugees have entered Michigan. Additionally, many Syrian refugees are expected in Michigan in the next few years. Syria is home to the second-largest Chaldean community in the world.
Background/Mission: The Chaldean Community Foundation (CCF) is the charitable arm of the Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce and a not-for-profit501(c)(3) organization dedicated to advancing the needs of the Chaldean American community and the communities in which they live and work through education, charitable giving and advocacy.
Services: Core programs of the Chaldean Community Foundation include:
- Refugee Acculturation Sustainability and Training (RAST) — helps refugees and others acculturate and become less dependent on federal and state subsidies and services.
- Refugee Mental Health — supplies much-needed mental health referral services to refugees and oth- ers in Southeast Michigan.
- English as a Second Language (ESL) — teaches individuals English through a partnership with Ma- comb Community College.
- Breaking Barriers — provides assistance and advo- cacy to the disabled and respite to caregivers.
- Braille ESL Acculturation Mobility (B.E.A.M.) Program — helps better equip those with visual impairments to live independent lives.
- Hard of Hearing, ESL, American Sign Language, Life Skills (H.E.A.L.) Program — helps better equip those with hearing impairments to live independent lives.
- Immigration — helps individuals apply for lawful permanent resident status and to become naturalized citizens.
- U.S. Naturalization Courses — instruction and training for successful completion of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Naturalization Examination.
- Career Services — provides job search, training and placement.
- Certified Healthcare Navigators — on site to enroll individuals in the Affordable Care Act and Healthy Michigan Plan. (Funded entirely through community donations).
- Cultural Competency Trainings — provides education and information to community, health and government organizations on and about the Chaldean community.
- Project Bismutha (the “act of healing”) — provides free or reduced-cost healthcare to Iraqi Christian and Chaldean refugees without medical insurance through the Chaldean American Association for Health Professionals. (Funded entirely through community donations).
- Michael J. George Loan Fund — provides low-interest loans to help refugees purchase a car. (Funded entirely through community donations).
- Academic and Endowed Scholarship Programs — provides financial aid assistance for Chaldean students to help meet the escalating costs of education. (Funded entirely through community donations).
- Giving Hearts — philanthropic Chaldean women’s collaboration in memory of the late Vivian Esshaki Shouneyia. Legacy project committed to alleviating the financial duress related to medical care expenses and burdens of breast cancer. (Funded entirely through community donations).
- Waad Murad Advocacy Fund — memorial fund that offers a reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the assailant(s) of violent crimes perpetuated against Chaldean businesspeople. (Funded entirely through community donations).
Office Locations and Phone Numbers:
Farmington Hills Office Sterling Heights Office
30095 Northwestern Hwy., Suite 101 3601 15 Mile Road
Farmington Hills, MI 48334 Sterling Heights, MI 48310
Phone: 248-851-1200 Phone: 586-722-7253
Fax: 248-851-1348 Fax: 586-722-7257