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).
- Chaldean 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).
2015 Accomplishments: Provided a wide variety of human social services:
- Served more than 18,000* individuals
- Filed 4,034 immigration applications
- Conducted 1,343 job placement services and placed 425 clients in full-time jobs – placement rate of 32%
- Enrolled 180 students in English-as-a-second-language classes
- Breaking Barriers served 1,116 individuals with disabilities by providing respite, counseling and advocacy services
- The Chaldean Loan Fund closed the year with more than $158,000 in outstanding auto loans (funded entirely through community donations). *Approximately 15% of clients served are non-Chaldean.
Project Bismutha: Provided the following (funded entirely through community donations):
- Approximately $95,000 worth of in-kind services
- 414 physician appointments and services to 231 patients
- More than 2,600 prescriptions valued in excess of $12,000
- More than $63,000 worth of lab work thanks to a generous grant from St. John Health System
Office Locations and Phone Numbers:
Bingham Farms Office Sterling Heights Office
30850 Telegraph Road, Suite 200 3601 15 Mile Road
Bingham Farms MI 48025 Sterling Heights, MI 48310