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Port Ministries’ Hope House resident shares her words

  I don’t know what made me turn around and introduce myself, but I did. She had soft but confident eyes, and there was something about her that demanded honesty and respect from me. “Me llamo Sara,” I said with a smile. I’m glad I was able to tone down my nerve-induced enthusiasm. The contrast […]

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Residents live the posadas tradition in Back of the Yards

For Spanish scroll down. Para español baje The gentle sound of an acoustic guitar and children’s voices echoed in the gold and white dome of St. Joseph Church on South Hermitage Avenue in Back of the Yards on Monday, Dec. 15. It was the first evening of their Posadas Navideñas, and a group of about 50 people, mostly mothers […]

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Community leaders, residents come out in support of Emanuel’s call for peace

Before the start of Memorial Day weekend, community leaders and residents across the city joined Mayor Rahm Emanuel in a series of orchestrated peace events on Friday May 23 and Saturday May 24. The events were part of a new campaign called Chicago Summer of Faith and Action where residents and neighborhood youth, along with prominent civic […]

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Reflecting on 75 years of impact

Milestone marks a journey from organizing to service delivery in an immigrant community The Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council, a community organization that became a model for other neighborhood councils across the country, is celebrating its 75 years of service this year. The organization was first founded out of a vision to empower residents […]

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New Shelter Brings New Concerns

Ricardo Delgado, 19, still remembers why he left his family. He didn’t get along with his stepfather who, he said, got irritated easily. “There was just a lot of aggression and I got kicked out many times,” Delgado said. His stepfather wanted him to get a job instead of going to school, and that was […]

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Pink Panthers Program Promotes Girl Power

An after school program at Lara Academy, in Back of the Yards, helped girls throughout the year with issues unique to them–such as boys, puberty and bullying. Here is a video where students talk about how the program helped them. Un programa despúes de clases en la Academia Lara, en Back of the Yards, ayudó […]

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School-Based Health Center Opens in Brighton Park (Photos)

Residents of Brighton Park will now have access to affordable medical care in their neighborhood. The Davis Health and Wellness Center opened on Tuesday at Nathan Davis Elementary School, a school-based clinic designed to provide medical and mental health care to students of Davis Elementary, Burroughs Elementary and other Brighton Park schools. Patrick Brosnan, executive […]

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Pilsen Residents Unite to Fight Violence

Community members say violence in Pilsen has gotten worse, come together to end crime in their neighborhood Pilsen is a close-knit community where generations of Mexican-American families have lived for over 30 years. Many of the families have experienced ups and downs with neighborhood violence, but recently, community residents say it’s gotten worse. On Saturday […]

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Residents Question Rahm’s New Anti-Violence Initiative

  New program promises to fight violence in the city’s high crime neighborhoods, replaces anti-violence initiatives residents say were working A new partnership between Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is expected to fight the violence in some of Chicago’s high crime neighborhoods. The Community Anti-violence and Restoration Effort (CARE) […]

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Defying the Odds to Awaken a Community

New City Youth Create Newspaper Mural, Urge Residents to Open Lines of Communication Imagine living in a block where 12 to 15 houses are empty and only six or seven remain inhabited. “That ain’t safe to a lot of kids,” said John Jones, 17, who lives on one of those blocks. Every day, youth like Jones […]