The Resurrection Project http://resurrectionproject.org The Resurrection Project Fri, 19 Sep 2014 21:39:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Make a difference and volunteer! http://resurrectionproject.org/make-difference-volunteer/ http://resurrectionproject.org/make-difference-volunteer/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:17:50 +0000 http://resurrectionproject.org/?p=4985                   DACA Volunteer Training Monday, September 8– 4:30PM to 6:30PM La Casa Resource Center 1819 South Paulina St. Chicago, IL 60608 The Resurrection Project (TRP) is assisting applicants for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and DACA renewal.  Our workshops bring together professionals and trained volunteers to […]

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DACA Volunteer Training

Monday, September 8– 4:30PM to 6:30PM

La Casa Resource Center

1819 South Paulina St.

Chicago, IL 60608

The Resurrection Project (TRP) is assisting applicants for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and DACA renewal.  Our workshops bring together professionals and trained volunteers to assist childhood arrivals or “DREAMers” in completing DACA applications.

We need attorneys and trained volunteers to help qualified community members complete the required documents. This is an excellent opportunity for volunteers to learn more about the immigration system and to assist community members.

 If you’re interested in helping us with this exciting endeavor – please come to our next volunteer training. Please RSVP your attendance at lraymundo@resurrectionproject.org or via phone at 773-666-5476

About Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – DACA is a temporary status that protects a person from deportation. A person who is approved for deferred action under this policy will be able to apply for a work permit, which will be valid for two years and may be renewed.

 

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Nueva Vida August 2014: The TRP Newsletter http://resurrectionproject.org/nueva-vida-august-2014-trp-newsletter/ http://resurrectionproject.org/nueva-vida-august-2014-trp-newsletter/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:49:04 +0000 http://resurrectionproject.org/?p=4949 A message from Raul Raymundo Dear friends and supporters, It’s been a busy summer and I’m excited to share all of the great work we’ve been able to accomplish. Recently, we expanded our community safety initiatives, allowing us to work more closely with youth, residents, nonprofits, and local law enforcement. It began when we kicked […]

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A message from Raul Raymundo

Raul I Raymundo Dear friends and supporters,

It’s been a busy summer and I’m excited to share all of the great work we’ve been able to accomplish.

Recently, we expanded our community safety initiatives, allowing us to work more closely with youth, residents, nonprofits, and local law enforcement. It began when we kicked off the summer with the Resurrection Basketball League (RBL) and also included safety workshops for residents and youth.

TRP continues the fight for comprehensive immigration reform and immigrant rights. According to the latest numbers from the National Council of La Raza, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) has helped half a million people increase their social and economic contributions to our country. As a result, TRP is increasing our immigration services to include more DACA and citizenship workshops.

We continue to help families invest in their neighborhoods. Our home purchase program helps them buy homes in the community, and our foreclosure prevention counselors are helping struggling families keep their homes. According to a recent Chicago Tribune article, foreclosures are declining nationwide but still rising in Chicago. That’s why at our annual housing fair, we offered participants resources and information on buying a home, as well as free foreclosure prevention counseling.

Over the summer, TRP held a free six-week Entrepreneur Training Program for small business owners, and partnered with other organizations dedicated to improving the physical health of our communities.

In this issue, you’ll read about all these programs and meet the people behind them.

Lastly, I’m excited to announce the launch of TRPtv, our community news program that will give you an inside look at the work we’re doing to create healthy communities. We encourage you to share these new videos with your networks.

As always, thank you for your continued faith and trust in our mission to create healthy communities throughout Chicago’s Southwest side.

Sincerely,
Raul Raymundo
CEO, The Resurrection Project

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You can also read our separate articles below. In this issue of our newsletter:

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How did 20 Chicago youth team up with TRP to promote peace in our streets and civic engagement?

 

 

 

 

TRP housing fair helps community understand homebuying process

TRP’s annual housing fair helped participants understand how to buy a home, and helped struggling homeowners keep their homes.

 

 

 

 

Parent empowerment workshops help to engage neighborhood parents

TRP and its partners are helping parents play a stronger role in their children’s education, and others!

 

 

 

 

From a cramped apartment to a beautiful home in Berwyn

TRP helps a single mother achieve independence–and a beautiful home for herself and her three children

 

 

 

 

Teaching teamwork to the “New Crew”

A group of Orozco students visit the United Center as part of a social-emotional learning experience.

 

 

 

 

Strengthening small businesses with a free Entrepreneur Training Program

TRP held a six-week Entrepreneur Training Program to help small businesses succeed.

 

 

 

Opening doors to new beginnings at Casa Puebla

A TRP tenant finds that there is so much more to living at Casa Puebla than just a quality apartment.

 

 

 

 

DACA applicant returns as a volunteer

A year ago, she was an applicant. This year, she returns as a volunteer to help others navigate the DACA application process.

 

 

 

 

From La Casa to Your Casa: A family’s first college student sets her sights high

Meet a young woman who is blazing a new trail for herself and her family.

 

 

 

Community Partner Spotlight: St. Procopius

In this Community Partner Spotlight, we feature Father Sean O’Sullivan of St. Procopius.

 

 

 

 

TRP joins The Greater Food Depository for summer meal initiative

In an effort to combat hunger in the community, TRP partnered with The Greater Food Depository for a summer meal initiative.

 

 

 

TRP in the news

TRP’s role in rescuing Second Federal, as well as La Casa and its students, are among our most recent appearances in the news.

 

 

 

 

Introducing TRPtv!

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TRP in the news http://resurrectionproject.org/trp-news-4/ http://resurrectionproject.org/trp-news-4/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:47:17 +0000 http://resurrectionproject.org/?p=4929 TRP has been in the news again. Special thanks to all of the journalists that have taken the time to cover the important work we are doing in the community. Here’s a brief recap of all our recent media mentions!   National Journal – The Heroes Who Saved Chicago’s Immigrant Homeowners Immigrant homeowners whose troubled […]

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TRP has been in the news again. Special thanks to all of the journalists that have taken the time to cover the important work we are doing in the community. Here’s a brief recap of all our recent media mentions!

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National Journal – The Heroes Who Saved Chicago’s Immigrant Homeowners

Immigrant homeowners whose troubled mortgages were rescued in an unusual grassroots partnership with The Resurrection Project to save a local bank.  Read more…

 

 

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The Gate Newspaper – Affordable Student Housing Complex Hosts Open House

Sonya Eldrige chats with La Casa Coordinator Angela Crawford and student Claudia Martinez about affordable student housing and the challenges college-bound Latinos face during their first year of college. Read more…

 

 

 

 

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WBEZ – Cook County Land Bank Gets Financial Boost

Host Tony Sarabia talks about how Cook County is looking to stabilize the housing market, and it’s getting a hearty financial boost to help put more people in vacant homes. Listen…

 

 

 

 

 

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Univision- Student Housing for Youth In Pilsen

Host Enrique Rodriguez interviews La Casa resident Claudia Martinez about her experience being the first to go to college.  View…

 

 

 

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Extra Newspaper – Faith In Action

Highlight of The Resurrection Basketball kick off in the Pilsen neighborhood. Read more…

 

 

 

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Housing fair helps community understand homebuying process http://resurrectionproject.org/housing-fair-helps-community-understand-homebuying-process/ http://resurrectionproject.org/housing-fair-helps-community-understand-homebuying-process/#comments Fri, 15 Aug 2014 18:55:09 +0000 http://resurrectionproject.org/?p=4827 by Diana Pando On Saturday, July 26, The Resurrection Project (TRP) hosted its annual housing fair, “Housing Within Reach,” at the Cicero Community Center. Many individuals and families came to the event looking for information on how to purchase their first home. The goal of the event was to educate attendees on the home purchase […]

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by Diana Pando

On Saturday, July 26, The Resurrection Project (TRP) hosted its annual housing fair, “Housing Within Reach,” at the Cicero Community Center. Many individuals and families came to the event looking for information on how to purchase their first home. The goal of the event was to educate attendees on the home purchase process, and to help struggling homeowners keep their homes.

“One of the obstacles people face when they want to purchase a home is knowing where to start,” said Denise Reyes, TRP’s Home Purchase Manager. “The counselors at TRP help you navigate the steps to home ownership.”

As people walked in they were greeted by TRP staff who encouraged them to have their paperwork ready for review by real estate agents and lenders. Throughout the day, attendees also had access to free workshops on the loan pre-approval process and down payment assistance programs.

housing3Attendees who were on the brink of losing their homes also received foreclosure prevention assistance. According to a recent article in the Chicago Tribune, “foreclosures are still on the rise in Chicago.” Foreclosure prevention education was important at this event because it gave people the opportunity to find solutions to keep their homes.

Second Federal Credit Union, Chase Bank, Standard Bank, US Bank, The PrivateBank, First Midwest, and Citibank participated in hosting booths where they were able to meet with families and answer any questions they might have about the home purchase process and financial products.

The Financial Wellness Department at TRP works year-round to provide free financial literacy education to help people achieve their financial goals including home ownership. The goal of the workshops is cultivating long-term financial stability in our communities.

 

Upcoming home purchasing workshop series to be held on Sept. 6th.

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Opening doors to new beginnings at Casa Puebla http://resurrectionproject.org/new-beginnings-casa-puebla/ http://resurrectionproject.org/new-beginnings-casa-puebla/#comments Fri, 15 Aug 2014 16:30:35 +0000 http://resurrectionproject.org/?p=4823 by Diana Pando Veronica Brand was struggling with some life issues when she decided to move into her own apartment. She began looking in various neighborhoods for a place to live that would give her an opportunity for a new beginning. However, looking for an apartment was more difficult than she thought. “One of the […]

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by Diana Pando

Veronica Brand was struggling with some life issues when she decided to move into her own apartment. She began looking in various neighborhoods for a place to live that would give her an opportunity for a new beginning. However, looking for an apartment was more difficult than she thought.

veronica_Brand“One of the challenges I was having when I was trying to find an apartment was the horrible conditions these places were in,” said Veronica.

After months of searching for an apartment she felt comfortable living in, she still couldn’t find one. She then turned to her mom who recommended reaching out to TRP. After working with TRP staff and completing the application process, Veronica was able to move into an apartment at Casa Puebla.

“At Casa Puebla it’s like heaven,” she says, “because the apartments are nicely kept and if there are repairs needed I can call maintenance and they will come in and fix it.”

She has lived at Casa Puebla for the last two years and some of the benefits she enjoys include the onsite parking, spacious hallways, and the laundry room. One of the things that surprised Veronica is the multitude of free services offered to tenants.

For example, she participated in TRP’s Financial Wellness program, which allowed her to strengthen her credit score. She then decided to take advantage of TRP’s free home purchase program.

Living at Casa Puebla has also impacted her college-bound daughter because one day she came home with financial aid paperwork. “The paperwork was confusing to both of us,” says Veronica. “I had no idea if I was filling it out right.”

She decided to get help from La Casa Student Resource Center.  There, she and her daughter spoke with Maria Bucio, Director of La Casa, who guided them on how to fill out the financial aid paperwork.

Today, Veronica is taking the necessary steps to purchase her own home within a year.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to be able to live at Casa Puebla,” she says, “because The Resurrection Project is helping me continue to rise.”

 

 (To learn more about TRP’s affordable apartments contact Karla Cruz, Occupancy Specialist, in our Property Management Department to at
312-880-1893 or via email at kcruz@resurrectionproject.org)

 

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DACA applicant returns as a volunteer http://resurrectionproject.org/deferred-action-childhood-arrivals-daca-applicant-returns-volunteer/ http://resurrectionproject.org/deferred-action-childhood-arrivals-daca-applicant-returns-volunteer/#comments Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:58:01 +0000 http://resurrectionproject.org/?p=4812 by Isabelle Barany It’s Monday morning at the Zocalo and there is a buzz of activity as children gather to receive free summer meals.Staff from the Lincoln Park Zoo arrives to implement a community engagement initiative to install cameras to monitor bats at St. Vitus. Meanwhile, inside La Casa Resource Center staff meets with prospective […]

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by Isabelle Barany

It’s Monday morning at the Zocalo and there is a buzz of activity as children gather to receive free summer meals.Staff from the Lincoln Park Zoo arrives to implement a community engagement initiative to install cameras to monitor bats at St. Vitus.

Meanwhile, inside La Casa Resource Center staff meets with prospective students, and in the conference room community members are attending a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) workshop. Attendees cluster around tables looking over forms and work one-on-one with TRP staff to determine eligibility.

Near the front of the conference room, a young woman sits by a table and registers those attending the workshop. Her name is Maybeline De Santiago, and a year ago she was one of the applicants herself. Now, after applying for DACA through a TRP workshop, De Santiago volunteers at the workshops in order to help provide the same service that TRP provided to her.

IMG_4049In 2013, De Santiago saw a flyer for a TRP DACA workshop at her church, St. Pius. DACA, an executive order from the Obama Administration, provides temporary protection from deportation for undocumented immigrants who entered the country before the age of 16. However, applicants must meet certain legal and educational qualifications. De Santiago was not sure if she qualified.
She attended the workshop to understand more. “It was a great opportunity to get informed about it,” she says, “and learn what I might need.” She was impressed with how organized the workshop was, and when she learned that she qualified, she decided to complete her application with the assistance of TRP.

She appreciated the support that the workshop provided for what she felt was an overwhelming process of looking for documents.  After completing the workshop, she felt confident about her application. “I was happy because I felt secure that I had everything I needed.”

Now, De Santiago attends the workshops not as a student of the process, but as a teacher. After attending a mandatory TRP training for workshop volunteers, De Santiago began assisting workshop attendees. Beyond registering attendees and managing the workshop checklist to ensure that the applicants have all of their documents, De Santiago makes herself available to answer questions.

She realizes that as a former workshop participant she is in a privileged position to assist the current participants.

“When you know there are people going through the same thing you went through,” she says, “you can help them out more because you lived through it.”

Many of the workshop participants are unsure if they qualify and usually have questions. De Santiago notes that many potential applicants are hesitant to apply not because they can’t obtain the right documents, but because many don’t know what they need. It is estimated that out of all those in the U.S. who are eligible for DACA, only 60% have applied. De Santiago wants to help everyone, especially that other 40% who just need that little extra help to apply for DACA.

De Santiago relishes giving attendees a new piece of information. “There may be something they haven’t heard from someone else, and maybe I can help them out.” In addition, by helping applicants become informed, TRP also protects against applicants being misinformed. “People sometimes wonder, ‘If I have this document, will it help me out?’” she explains. “Having an organization like TRP really helps.”

De Santiago is modest when asked why she became involved.“I like to help the community and it helps people to know what they need, and make a change in their lives.”

Maybeline De Santiago has participated in TRP’s programs in multiple ways, and, like TRP, will continue to look for ways to make her community healthier.

(The next DACA workshop is on September 6 at St. Pius Parish. Questions about DACA workshop or application process? Contact Julie Pellerite at 312-880-1892 or at jpellerite@resurrectionproject.org)

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Teaching teamwork to the “New Crew” http://resurrectionproject.org/new-crew-trp-transition-programs/ http://resurrectionproject.org/new-crew-trp-transition-programs/#comments Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:01:28 +0000 http://resurrectionproject.org/?p=4816 by Isabelle Barany “Why is teamwork key?” Robert Reznar, a physical education instructor at Orozco Community Academy, sees more hands spring up than he can pick. The question he poses to Orozco’s newest students, incoming sixth graders from nearby Cooper Elementary Dual Language Academy, is not just theoretical. After a brief lesson, Orozco’s “New Crew” […]

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by Isabelle Barany

“Why is teamwork key?”

Robert Reznar, a physical education instructor at Orozco Community Academy, sees more hands spring up than he can pick. The question he poses to Orozco’s newest students, incoming sixth graders from nearby Cooper Elementary Dual Language Academy, is not just theoretical. After a brief lesson, Orozco’s “New Crew” goes to the United Center for a private tour of the Chicago Bulls’ facilities.

Seated in Orozco’s gymnasium and surrounded, fittingly enough, by basketball hoops, the New Crew scribbles in their notebooks. They discuss how on teams every player has the same goal. They watch a short demonstration on Orozco’s safety policy. Finally, the class brainstorms about the different types of jobs in the building and generate a lengthy list.

elev8_2These lessons and excursions comprise the Orozco Adventure transition program, which was created six years ago by the school to help facilitate the transition between middle school and elementary school. The Orozco Adventure program is part of Elev8, a national initiative coordinated by The Resurrection Project (TRP), managed in Chicago by LISC and funded by The Atlantic Philanthropies.

Every day includes an activity, such as a field trip or physical exercise, which always doubles as a learning opportunity, such as understanding values like respect, organization, kindness, and accountability.

Students learn not just about their school, but also about their city. In addition, the program aims to help the students learn about how they relate to others and even themselves. Reznar describes the program as “both academic and social-emotional.”

The phrase “social-emotional learning” is echoed by Helene Achanzar, TRP’s Education Programs Manager, when speaking about the day’s trip to see the Bulls. “It’s a very creative way of teaching social-emotional ideas such as cooperation and teamwork,” she says. “It also gives students insights into the different types of jobs in the sports industry.”

Achanzar defines social-emotional learning as all of the personal and interpersonal skills that a person needs to be successful, like being a good communicator. “A lot of learning happens outside of the classroom,” she says. She explains that educational programming cannot just focus on the student’s ability academically but rather on the whole child. A student will have a better chance to succeed when they are healthy, safe, and supported by their community.

TRP’s educational programming reflects this philosophy. TRP’s Elev8 program also partners with other organizations to offer after school programs including photojournalism, ballet folklorico, mariachi, and a gardening club.

What makes this initiative unique is that it also provides a variety of services like parent leadership and financial wellness workshops. Students and their families also have access to a health clinic at Orozco that sees everyone, regardless of their ability to pay. TRP has also created a parent mentorship program in Back of the Yards, which trains parents to assist teachers in the classroom.

At the United Center, Orozco’s New Crew sees the Bulls’ trophies, statues, suites, locker room, press box, and the cavernous empty interior of the arena itself. When they are not too busy gaping at sights such as Derrick Rose’s flip flops, the students ask questions, such as the material of the statues and the total number of workers in United Center.

Rob Reznar grins. He tells his new students, “I think that this is going to be a day you remember for a long time.”

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Summer program empowers youth to promote peace http://resurrectionproject.org/summer-program-empowers-youth-promote-peace/ http://resurrectionproject.org/summer-program-empowers-youth-promote-peace/#comments Thu, 14 Aug 2014 21:24:14 +0000 http://resurrectionproject.org/?p=4814 By Isabelle Barany Henry Cervantes, The Resurrection Project’s Safety Organizer, is in front of a crowded classroom, and trying to convey the difficulty of the task facing students.“Peace is not easy. It’s the hardest thing in the world. That’s why people are killing each other every day.” Cervantes and his students are on a mission […]

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By Isabelle Barany

Henry Cervantes, The Resurrection Project’s Safety Organizer, is in front of a crowded classroom, and trying to convey the difficulty of the task facing students.“Peace is not easy. It’s the hardest thing in the world. That’s why people are killing each other every day.” Cervantes and his students are on a mission to promote peace in Pilsen and the surrounding neighborhoods.

This year, TRP received 20 students through a partnership with ElevArte Community Studio as part of the One Summer Chicago initiative. The youth hail from neighborhoods like Pilsen, Little Village, Bridgeport, and Lincoln Park. All are between 16 and 20 years old. They work 20 hours per week, dividing time between non-violence training sessions and community outreach.

Students participate in lectures on intervention strategies, the components of conflict, and even the difference between the frontal vortex and limbic sections of the brain. The summer program also explores what it means to empower, especially a group that has been historically ignored. During the internship they are assigned to read articles on the U.S.’s history of immigration to learn about advocacy within a wider context.

The program also gives them an opportunity to facilitate and participate in discussions with international students on the causes of violence, the meaning of peace, and bullying. They also get hands-on experience creating posters and participating in demonstrations.

While the activities in the program might be varied, the overall structure of the program is clear: to understand how and why violence occurs, and then to think about ways to prevent it. For example, a peaceful thought leads to peaceful words, and the opposite thought causes the opposite action. In other words, according to Cervantes, “Hurt people hurt people.” He therefore emphasizes communication skills, such as listening. He encourages his students to keep an open mind and ask questions, reminding them that peace occurs “through dialogue.”

Cervantes wanted to ensure that students gained more than a theoretical understanding of peace: “Peace is not just a great idea: it’s something that’s real. It’s a practice.”

As a result, these youth have worked on two TRP initiatives: the Resurrection Basketball League (RBL) and TRP’s bi-annual voter registration campaign.

Rhenry2BL is a weekly summer tournament held on different streets in Pilsen that are considered hot spots for violence. The goal is to reclaim these blocks as areas of peace, fun, and safety.
Basketball, soccer, and volleyball games all occur simultaneously among face painting, a barbecue, a bouncy castle, and medal ceremonies. The interns set up, clean up, work the microphones, serve food, and referee the games. After each event, they do a reflection and brainstorm ways to improve the event process.

Students also participate in the voter registration drive, and walk in groups through the high foot traffic areas of the neighborhood, such as the parks and the main avenues, to find un-registered constituents. Many of the interns are bilingual and register voters in Spanish. The group has already registered more than 100 new voters.

While the projects differ, both demonstrate how organizing can be a catalyst for peace. Many youth apply this lesson in the hours outside of their work schedule. More than half of the students attended the peaceful demonstration outside of Obama’s house demanding immigration reform. They carried posters they helped create. The program gives youth the hands-on skills they need by not telling them to think but by giving them opportunities to do so and giving them responsibility.

After all, one of the main lessons that Cervantes hopes his students absorb is “that they are leaders waiting to be discovered.” And if they have previously been dismissed, perhaps this history does not have to deter their vision.

Cervantes cites Doctor King as an example. “The people who are on the outskirts can be the greatest game changers.”

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Strengthening small businesses with a free Entrepreneur Training Program http://resurrectionproject.org/strengthening-small-businesses-new-entrepreneur-program/ http://resurrectionproject.org/strengthening-small-businesses-new-entrepreneur-program/#comments Thu, 14 Aug 2014 19:53:52 +0000 http://resurrectionproject.org/?p=4819 by Diana Pando Whether you’re thinking of opening up a restaurant or already have your own business, you need to know how to manage your business successfully to create sustainability. During the summer, TRP kicked off a free six-week Entrepreneurship Training Program for individuals needing assistance bolstering or getting their business off the ground. Yvette […]

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by Diana Pando

Whether you’re thinking of opening up a restaurant or already have your own business, you need to know how to manage your business successfully to create sustainability. During the summer, TRP kicked off a free six-week Entrepreneurship Training Program for individuals needing assistance bolstering or getting their business off the ground.

ENT2Yvette Dudley, the owner of Soultry Shoes, said, ”I’ve been a business owner for five years and since then I’ve had no further training.” By going through the program she was able to gain a new focus to take her business to the next level. “I signed up for the program because it will gave me an opportunity to revisit my business plan and learn additional entrepreneurial skills.”

The goal of the Entrepreneurship Training Program is to provide attendees with new skills to help their businesses succeed. The trainings include how to create a solid business plan, how to use QuickBooks, and how to use social media to market their business.

The free training program is for anyone who has an entrepreneurial spirit and wants to continue to grow their business.

The next workshop series will take place Monday, Nov. 3rd  through Dec. 15th with a break for the Thanksgiving Day holiday.  The series will be available in English and Spanish.

To learn more about the program contact Elizabeth Rosaslanda at 312-880-1130 or by e-mail at Erosaslanda@resurrectionproject.org

 

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TRP joins The Greater Food Depository for summer meal initiative http://resurrectionproject.org/decreasing-hunger-children-summer-months/ http://resurrectionproject.org/decreasing-hunger-children-summer-months/#comments Thu, 14 Aug 2014 17:48:10 +0000 http://resurrectionproject.org/?p=4821 by Diana Pando Did you know summer is the time when children are the most at risk to experience hunger? During the school year children receive either free or reduced meals but during summer those meals end. Rising food prices, unemployment, or stagnant wages are factors that contribute to food insecurity. According to the recent […]

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by Diana Pando

COLLAGEDid you know summer is the time when children are the most at risk to experience hunger? During the school year children receive either free or reduced meals but during summer those meals end. Rising food prices, unemployment, or stagnant wages are factors that contribute to food insecurity. According to the recent Map the Meal Gap study by Feed America, there are 800,000 people in Cook County going hungry including one in five children.

Nutrition is important to healthy communities. That’s why TRP has partnered with The Greater Food Depository to support their summer meals initiative. Since the beginning of June their Lunch Bus has stopped in Pilsen to provide free meals to children.

The Lunch Bus provides children the nutrition they need to stay healthy during the summer, and to be ready to learn and grow when the school year starts.

During the week moms and their children arrive at the Zocalo on 18th and Paulina. Once the Lunch Bus arrives the line of children begins to form to receive their meal. Recently, they got a special treat when SouthPaw from the White Sox came to distribute meals to children.

“Strong partners like TRP are crucial in the fight against hunger in Cook County,” said Paul Murello, a spokesperson for The Greater Chicago Food Depository. “Together, we must address the issue of hunger, community by community, and having dedicated partners in all communities – like Pilsen – helps us do that.”

The Lunch Bus will be providing free meals to children through August 29th at 11:30 AM Monday – Friday at the Zocalo on 18th and Paulina.

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