Your support of TRP’s efforts in our communities is crucial as your investments help us step up to the challenges facing our families every day, build relationships and create safe and healthy communities.
Every donation makes a difference. Below are just some of the lives that were positively transformed by the work we’ve accomplished together.
A 14-year old and his friends effect change.
Every summer, TRP hosts the Resurrection Basketball League (RBL), a street basketball tournament that takes place in different neighborhoods every Friday throughout the summer months. Through RBL, we encourage area youth and their friends to take part in sports and community events as a way to promote peace in the neighborhood.
In 2013, a 14-year-old boy came to an RBL tournament with two things: a rock to protect himself as he crossed gang territories to attend the game; and a petition he and 62 area youths created to bring RBL to Throop Park. TRP switched the location of its next tournament to Throop Park, marking the first time RBL was held there. The youths made the tournament a success and learned that they could promote peace and effect positive change in their community.
A family achieves the dream of home ownership.
Since coming to the United States, David and Maria Zavala and their two children had lived in small, cramped apartments. They dreamed of buying a home, but a real estate broker told them they couldn’t afford to do so.
Then they heard about TRP’s home purchase program. They took a trolley tour of our rehabilitated NSP2 properties and fell in love with one house. They decided to give buying a home one more try.
After working with TRP through every step of the process, they closed on their first home in November of 2012. They are happy now that their children now have room to grow and play, and have become active members of their community.
A La Casa student shines in school and on stage.
La Casa Student Housing was built to give students the resources and environment they needed to succeed in college. For some students, it’s providing the tools they need to be the first in their family to successfully pursue a college degree.
Gonzalo (left) is pursuing a political science bachelor’s at UIC and aspires to go to law school. He’s the first member of his family to go to college and wanted to live in a place that would help him succeed academically. Gonzalo chose La Casa. Now, Gonzalo is working hard to make his dreams come true.
At the 9th Annual Global Latino Fest, he spoke onstage alongside fellow student Sebastian (right) about the importance of La Casa in helping others get the support they need to succeed.
A family saved their home from foreclosure.
Zenaida and her husband lost their jobs, fell behind on their mortgage, and risked foreclosure. Zenaida went to Second Federal, who referred her to TRP’s free foreclosure counseling services.
Through TRP, Zenaida learned about the Illinois Hardest Hit Fund and applied. Their application was successful, and they were able to catch up on their mortgage payments, saving their home.
Weeks later, Zenaida spoke at the grand re-opening of Second Federal, sharing her story to other members of the community and the media about how Second Federal and TRP had helped her, and how we could help other struggling homeowners.
Please help us continue to make a difference in the lives of people and our neighborhoods.