In 1975, Iraq became especially unsafe for its Assyrian minority, leaving tens of thousands no choice but to seek temporary refuge in neighboring countries. Many would later resettle in Chicago, Illinois, home to the largest population of Assyrians outside the homeland.
Though the refugees had escaped the violence in their native countries, resettlement would present challenges of its own. From the language barriers and the cultural gap to finding housing and employment, there was a great need for assistance. To help address these issues, members of the local Assyrian American community founded the Assyrian Cultural Foundation, a non-profit, charitable organization that would essentially serve as a bridge for these new immigrants.
The Assyrian Cultural Foundation has since expanded its mission beyond social services to include humanitarian relief efforts, as well as educational and cultural programs. Originally located on Clark Street in Chicago, the Assyrian Cultural Foundation moved its offices to Lincolnwood, Illinois in November of 2013 and continues to proudly serve the community.