about us

Our Promise

Our mission: to be an all-encompassing, independent resource for new arrivals and those in need. We are committed to expanding access to essential services, enabling individuals to navigate their new lives with dignity, stability, and a sense of self-sufficiency. Our journey is one of continuous development, always seeking to meet the evolving needs of our community with compassion and understanding.

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Since our reorganization in 2019, we have added new services such as ESL classes, assistance in comprehension of and filling out documents, facilitation in expert legal advice on immigration-related documents, US citizenship preparation classes, assistance in job placement, and more. Our association continues to operate as a tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization and a proud sponsor association of Selfreliance Federal Credit Union. With the expansion to six locations throughout Chicago, and the neighboring suburbs in Palatine, Wheeling, Palos Park, and Bloomingdale, Selfreliance Association has broadened its reach, ensuring more comprehensive and accessible services. Our dedicated team consists of skilled employees and passionate volunteers, that work to uphold our promise of aiding Ukrainians in need. Our daily work reflects our commitment to being a prominent and reliable resource in the community, for the community. We continue to enhance our ability to provide personalized support and make stronger connections with those we serve.

Support Our Mission

Contribute to Selfreliance Association's Ukraine Aid Fund and play a pivotal role in empowering newcomers. Your tax-deductible donation helps provide vital resources and support to immigrants, aiding them in adapting to their new home. With several convenient payment methods available, donating is easy and impactful. Join us in our commitment to foster self-reliance and community integration.

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The Unsung Heros Award

Voices of the Community

Selfreliance Association was honored at the annual Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights celebration. This prestigious event, dedicated to organizations working with immigrants and refugees in Illinois, recognized our impactful efforts. In a remarkable achievement, our organization was awarded the Unsung Heroes award. This accolade celebrates our unwavering commitment and successful endeavors in assisting Ukrainian arrivals during the ongoing conflict. This recognition is a testament to our dedication and effectiveness in making a real difference in the lives of those we serve.

Our Leadership

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Walter Tun

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President & CEO

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Roman Yatskovskyy

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Vice President Community Outreach

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Fred Stupem

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Welcome U.S. Program Director

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Oleg Malski

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Program Director

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Peter Ilnyckyj

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Six locations throughout chicagoland

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Selfreliance Association Office

Location Hours:
Monday - Friday | 10AM - 4PM
Saturday | 10AM - 2PM

Location Address:
2456 W. Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

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Selfreliance Federal Credit Union

Location Hours:
Monday - Thursday | 10AM - 4PM

Location Address:
50 W. Dundee Rd, Wheeling, IL 60090

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St. Joseph Ukrainian Catholic Church

Location Hours:
Monday - Friday | 10AM - 4PM

Location Address:
5000 N. Cumberland Ave, Chicago, IL 60656

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​St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral

Location Hours:
Tuesday - Thursday | 10AM - 4PM

Location Address:
300 E. Army Trail Road, Bloomingdale, IL 60108

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Immaculate Conception Ukrainian Byzantine Catholic Church

Location Hours:
Monday & Thursday | 10AM - 4PM

Location Address:
116 E. Illinois Ave, Palatine, IL 60067

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Saints Peter & Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church

Location Hours:
Monday & Wednesday | 10AM - 4PM

Location Address:
8410 W. 131st Street, Palos Park, IL 60464