Who Are the Chaldeans?

Chaldean American Ladies of Charity
Making a Difference

Since 1961, the Chaldean American Ladies of Charity (CALC) has continually assisted the needy families of the metro Detroit area. The CALC is a nonprofit charitable organization that operates with over 98% of donations going directly to the less fortunate. We focus our efforts on enhancing the lives of the people in our community. Our time and volunteer efforts are spent helping those in need, encouraging our youth, providing care for senior citizens, and maintaining our culture within the diverse community in which we live.

Metro Detroit's 120,000 Chaldeans are the largest concentration outside the Middle East. The community's growth spanning a century reflects economic, social and geopolitical factors.  The majority of Chaldean Americans live in Michigan, although there are many in Illinois, Arizona, California and other countries like Australia, England and Mexico.

Although Chaldean Americans constitute the bulk of Iraqi immigrants living in the United States, they represent less than 10 percent of the population of Iraq. While the vast majority of Iraqis, are Arab Muslim, Chaldeans are Roman Catholic. They also differ from other Iraqis in that their ancestral language is not Arabic but a dialect of Aramaic, also referred to as Chaldean, Assyrian or Syriac.

The country of Chaldea was an ancient land in southern Babylonia, on the Persian Gulf near the delta of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in the Middle East. In biblical times the name was applied to all of Babylonia & Mesopotamia.  It is present day Iraq.


CALC MISSION STATEMENT

  • We are Chaldean American women energized by working together and with others to provide help and hope to those in need.
  • We strive to preserve our heritage and enrich the community through awareness and advocacy, education and advice, and emotional and economic support.
  • Our vision is to strengthen and preserve the Chaldean family by ensuring that all generations have access to necessary resources and services.
  • The CALC has many volunteers that spend a substantial amount of time helping others and trying to raise funds and awareness of our mission. If you'd like to volunteer your time with the CALC, click here to fill out a volunteer information form. We appreciate your help!