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Farmers Market Encourages Healthy Eating in BOTY

On 51st and Wood are a corner/liquor store, several brick apartment buildings, and a busy intersection. There are no grocery stores located on the block, with only several in the neighborhood. But fast food restaurants and corner stores are still more accessible than produce stores. Yet, at this intersection is a local community garden that […]

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Ex-offenders Re-learn How to Make a Living

Job readiness program offers a second chance through hands on experiences  Ex offenders face significant challenges when re-entering society, but with assistance from Chicago job readiness programs, these men and women are able to transition back to life on the outside.  Two years ago, Reginald Holloway, 37, was arrested for possession of heroin and spent […]


Mujeres Latinas en Acción Commemorates Domestic Violence Awareness Month

In efforts to respond to the needs of many individuals and families who struggle with violence in their home, Mujeres Latinas en Acción has designed a month-long program to connect, empower and educate the Latino community during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. For the first time, Mujeres will conduct a Latina leadership open to Latina professionals […]

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Universidad Popular Reaches Community Empowerment Through Culture

A community center in Little Village, Universidad Popular, not only encourages new ideas, but works to establish strong events in order to encourage participation in the community. One such event, Feria del Mole, will celebrate six years of success on Sept. 24 at the Arturo Velasquez Institute. Participants can try about 40 different moles and […]

Rocio’s Custom Metal Works: An American Dream that Became a Reality

For many, the Stockyards is a symbol of the American Dream, a place where immigrants have settled throughout the years to work and provide a better future for their families. John Lamonica and his family are no different. In 1891, his ancestors migrated from Germany and settled in the Stockyards. A family of ironworkers, they […]

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Bishop Shepard: Summer Refuge for Youth

Summer vacation could be frustrating for many inner city youth like Zakeyia Monique Brown, a 13-year-old who would otherwise be bored at home if she didn’t have a community center to spend her summer days. After leaving school for the summer, Brown’s mother worried that her daughter would spend the summer unoccupied if the Bishop […]

Literacy Chicago: Promotes Adult Education, Partners with Local Schools

Almost 20 years ago Literacy Volunteers of Chicago and Literacy Council of Chicago, two successful organizations, combined their resources and merged into one organization – Literacy Chicago. Today, the organization has expanded from their downtown location to several communities, bringing much needed resources to neighborhoods like Back of the Yards. “Literacy Chicago provides much needed […]

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TRP Helps Residents Get One Step Closer to Financial Goals

For more than 20 years The Resurrection Project has been a community organization serving Chicago’s primarily low-income neighborhoods of Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards and Chicago’s western suburbs. Since January, The Resurrection Project introduced a Financial Services Division to Back of the Yards in order to help clients and applicants assess their financial […]

Boyz-2-Men Youth Group

Monalito Fleming, 17, a student from Tilden High School, is aware of the ills that await him outside of school. “Shooting dice, chasing after females, or getting into a bunch of devious stuff,” Fleming says, are only a few of the negative distractions outside of school. However, following the steps of those who join gangs […]

Agency Profile: Alivio Medical Center

Alivio Medical Center is a community-based health center committed to serving uninsured, working poor families and individuals who would otherwise not access medical resources due to language and cultural barriers. Since its start, on Jan. 4, 1989, Alivio has provided access to quality cost-effective healthcare to the Latino community in Chicago by establishing clinics in […]