The Resurrection Project http://resurrectionproject.org The Resurrection Project Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:47:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Nueva Vida September 2014: The TRP Newsletter http://resurrectionproject.org/nueva-vida-september-2014-trp-newsletter/ http://resurrectionproject.org/nueva-vida-september-2014-trp-newsletter/#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 15:57:55 +0000 http://resurrectionproject.org/?p=5434 From the desk of Raul… Dear friends and supporters, At TRP, we take a comprehensive approach to creating healthy communities. But we also understand that whether you own your home or rent, housing is the backbone of any healthy community. A stable home environment can positively impact a family’s quality of life, leading the path […]

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From the desk of Raul…

Dear friends and supporters,

RAULAt TRP, we take a comprehensive approach to creating healthy communities. But we also understand that whether you own your home or rent, housing is the backbone of any healthy community. A stable home environment can positively impact a family’s quality of life, leading the path to economic success, a good career, and better academic achievement.

So it’s always encouraging to hear stories like the ones in this newsletter about families who improved their living situation through one of our programs or services. The Diaz family, who are lifelong Pilsen residents, were on the verge of losing their home.They decided to come to TRP for help and were able to find the solutions they needed to be able to keep their home. A determined mom and tenant at Casa Morelos also shared her story of moving into the neighborhood to keep her son safe from youth violence.

Healthy communities also need engaged, empowered youth. Our afterschool program at Orozco recently offered a photojournalism program where students used photography to spotlight life and issues in our communities. Meanwhile, college students at La Casa have been learning new skills in our TRP internship program that’s helping them get the hands-on experience they need to succeed.

We continue to find new ways of sharing our stories with you.This month’s TRPtv episode covers the Entrepreneur Training Program TRP offered to help small businesses. We also redesigned our website to make it easier for you to learn about TRP and even how to get involved in the work we do.We also recently joined Pinterest to share photos of our work with you.We encourage you to share these new channels 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.

Raul Raymundo
CEO,The Resurrection Project

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It was just before the holidays in November of 2013 when the Diaz family began to experience financial hardship. Mr. Diaz, a life-long resident of Pilsen, had trouble finding work as a roofer. They had purchased their home for their children’s future so that they didn’t have to worry about renting, but now that was in jeopardy. The family began to fall behind on payments and struggled to keep up.

homesMr. Diaz knew he needed to find help so he contacted The Resurrection Project and began working with Lizette Carretero, TRP’s Home Preservation Specialist. “Preventing a foreclosure affects a whole community,” says Carretero. “By putting equity back into the communities, we can create sustainable neighborhoods for continued growth.”

She began working with them to try and find solutions, but the Diaz family felt like they were running out of time to save their home. They had started receiving intent to foreclose letters from the bank’s attorneys. “It was a difficult time for my family,” said Mr. Diaz. “We thought we were going to lose our home and weren’t sure where we would end up.” They desperately needed a loan modification to try and save their home.

The loan modification would provide long-term assistance on their payments by extending the loan up to 40 years. However, despite submitting all the necessary paperwork, they were still not approved. Lizette researched a new regulation prohibiting banks from referring clients to foreclosure while under review for a loan modification.

After confirming her suspicions, she contacted the HAMP Solution Center and made them aware that the bank was violating regulations and referring the borrowers to foreclosure. According to Mr. Diaz, “If it wasn’t for Lizette taking her time to work on this case, I don’t know what we would have done.”

LizetteWithin a month of filing the notice, the Diaz family was granted a HAMP modification that reduced their payment by over $400. “It’s a big relief we got the loan modification,” says Diaz. “We’re happy because we get to keep our home.”

The family was so happy, they sent Lizette a bouquet of flowers for all her help. Lizette, for her part, is happy to have helped another family keep their home.

“We are here to educate and provide assistance no matter how advanced their foreclosure may be,” she says. “The best part about it is that our services are free!”

Families on the verge of foreclosure should seek help immediately by communicating with their lender and opening all correspondence. To learn more about TRP’s foreclosure prevention counseling, visit www.resurrectionproject.org.

 

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Orozco students engage with their community through photojournalism http://resurrectionproject.org/orozco-students-engage-community-photojournalism/ http://resurrectionproject.org/orozco-students-engage-community-photojournalism/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 20:00:27 +0000 http://resurrectionproject.org/?p=5405 by Isabelle Baraney When Adam Jason Cohen, a freelance photographer, was looking at the images from his afterschool photojournalism class, he wasn’t surprised by the skill of his Orozco Elementary School students. Instead he was struck by their understanding of issues like violence. Cohen recalls, “I was just really surprised to find out how quickly […]

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photojourn4When Adam Jason Cohen, a freelance photographer, was looking at the images from his afterschool photojournalism class, he wasn’t surprised by the skill of his Orozco Elementary School students. Instead he was struck by their understanding of issues like violence. Cohen recalls, “I was just really surprised to find out how quickly the kids had to grow up.”

For years, The Resurrection Project (TRP) has partnered with organizations and individuals to provide quality afterschool programming to Orozco’s students. In the 2013-2014 school year, TRP worked with experts to offer over 15 types of classes, including Cohen’s photojournalism class. Over a 10-week period, students completed a photojournalism project focusing on health and safety in Pilsen. Students documented examples of these goals and challenges in Orozco’s neighborhood.

photojourn3The idea for the project came when Cohen, who has documented conflict for his own work, realized this could be an excellent way for his students to document a topic they were familiar with. Many students are lifelong Pilsen residents who have been observing the neighborhood and its changes. Cohen envisioned the project as a way for his students to demonstrate “things they have to deal with when they’re walking back to their home from school.” Over the course of the program, Cohen and a parent chaperone took his class on field trips in Pilsen in search of stories to photograph.

Processed with VSCOcam with b5 presetThe students also learned inside the classroom by studying examples of famous photojournalism, and discussed why photojournalism is important. Cohen defines photojournalism as “visual reportage,” an image functioning as an article, to inform the consumer on a subject or issue. The instantaneous nature of photography is becoming even more relevant in our increasingly digital and fast-paced society where social media informs readers alongside print media. In the future, understanding how to create and shape images will be increasingly vital for creating and shaping stories.

Orozco’s students will be well prepared for this shift, as they completed their project using entirely digital material. They photographed on the school’s iPads, and then used software to edit them. One photograph shows a sign banning guns, and juxtaposes the bright red and white of the signage against an almost completely black background. Another photograph shows a woman’s hand placing peppers into a bag that she purchased from a street vendor, making the peppers look more obtuse and obscured. Another photograph shows a security camera perched on a building. Due to the dark filter and angle, the camera looks disconcertingly like an eye. All of the images carry messages, compelling the viewer to feel something. As Cohen notes, “These are real issues that these kids live with.”

The students gained an understanding not just of why photojournalism is important, but also why journalism as a whole is important. Or, in the words of Cohen, “why showing people what’s going on in the world is good.” His end goal was to make his students aware. By expressing these perspectives, students can encourage others to be more conscious as well. “By making people look at something in a certain way,” Cohen says, “you make them think.”

By the end of the program, Cohen felt he had accomplished the overall goal. When he talked to his students about his own work, they were ready with answers as to why he did what he did. Not only were they equipped with knowledge on their neighborhoods, they were equipped with knowledge on a way to share it. This made for a powerful combination. “They understood what was going on in the world,” Cohen says.

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From La Casa to Your Casa: TRP and La Casa seek to build upon a successful pilot internship program http://resurrectionproject.org/la-casa-casa-trp-internship-pilot-program-turns-internship-program-la-casa-students/ http://resurrectionproject.org/la-casa-casa-trp-internship-pilot-program-turns-internship-program-la-casa-students/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 19:42:56 +0000 http://resurrectionproject.org/?p=5394                 by Claudia Martinez On January 2012, Maria Bucio, Director of La Casa Student Housing, was handed a business plan and given the task of molding it into her work plan while simultaneously creating a great learning community for students at La Casa. This business plan included a […]

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On January 2012, Maria Bucio, Director of La Casa Student Housing, was handed a business plan and given the task of molding it into her work plan while simultaneously creating a great learning community for students at La Casa. This business plan included a pilot internship program that would become a major initiative of La Casa Student Housing.

From the beginning, Bucio has advocated for paid internships because “students come from low-income families and it’s important to provide them with a paid internship.” During the fall of 2013, TRP was ready to launch the pilot program and bring the first group of interns into the program. Maria selected candidates from a pool of students who had previously applied to La Casa. “I wanted to ensure students selected would stick with the program,” says Bucio, “and take advantage of this amazing opportunity.”

MatteoAfter going through an interview process, three La Casa students were selected to start paid internships and work 15 hours in exchange for free housing at La Casa. These interns have been at TRP for a year and continue to provide the organization with their skills, knowledge, and hard work. One of those interns is Matteo Diaz, who was assigned to work in TRP’s Real Estate Department.

“Before participating in the internship program, says Diaz, “I was struggling and wasn’t even sure I was going to continue going to school.”

Another student participating in the pilot internship program is Dulce Hernandez. She was assigned to work in TRP’s Education and Community Programs Department. Working in this department has impacted her communication and organizational skills. “These are skills I didn’t have before I started the internship,” she says. Dulce has been given the responsibility of planning dental van visits for Orozco Elementary and has to communicate with parents and students. “These experiences have taken me out of my comfort zone and made me grow,” Hernandez says.

Dulce2Both students are not only gaining new skills they can add to their resume, but also expanding their networks. “Being part of the TRP internship is allowing me to network with professionals in my field,” says Diaz.

A year after the successful launch of this pilot internship program TRP hired Tony Mallerdino to create a plan to expand the internship program externally. The goal is to prove to businesses that the model created by TRP works. According to Mallerdino, businesses will be more “willing to invest in our students if they see it’s working.” The goal of this new plan is to pair as many La Casa students as possible with an internship in their field. The student will go through a rigorous application process and, once accepted, be paired up with a business.

Although the annual cost of living at La Casa is relatively lower than most residence halls on-campus, currently many La Casa residents receive scholarships which significantly reduce the amount of rent they pay. TRP is looking to connect students with on-the-job training experiences that provide insight into each student’s career aspirations and equips them with marketable skills before they graduate.  Organizations and employers will be engaged as internship providers that provide modest living stipends and sponsor student to live at La Casa while pursuing an undergraduate degree.

At the core of this effort is the understanding that internships are now a standard component of a college graduate’s resume.  But when unpaid internships require students to forego wages, internship opportunities are out of reach for many low-income students.

The internship program is scheduled to start January of 2015 with five interns. The program will expand to 25-50 students in the second year and grow to 65-70 students by the end of the third year. The first group of students will be the first to do external internships outside of TRP. They will undergo a preparation process before starting their internship.

“We want to make a great impression and set the standard for future interns,” says Mallerdino who plans to continue cultivating business relationships.

Participating students will have a competitive edge after graduation. “They will have a portfolio of projects they have worked on instead of coming out of college without any experience,” says Malladrino.

As the internship program takes off, more students will be able to have the same meaningful experience and change their lives just like Matteo and Dulce. This new internship program will bring added value to students living at La Casa. It’s definitely something all students living there should be excited about and looking forward to participating in.

For more information on La Casa, contact Maria Bucio, Director of La Casa Student Housing at mbucio@resurrectionproject.org.

For inquiries from businesses about the La Casa internship program, contact Tony Malladrino at tmallerdino@resurrecctionproject.org.

 

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A mother finds peace of mind at Casa Morelos http://resurrectionproject.org/mother-finds-peace-mind-casa-morelos/ http://resurrectionproject.org/mother-finds-peace-mind-casa-morelos/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 19:36:38 +0000 http://resurrectionproject.org/?p=5407 by Diana Pando Natalia was struggling to raise her 16-year-old son in an unsafe neighborhood. She was concerned about the gang activity in her community and worried constantly about her son being able to get to school and home safely. Natalia was determined to improve the quality of life for her family and decided it […]

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nataliewright (2)Natalia was struggling to raise her 16-year-old son in an unsafe neighborhood. She was concerned about the gang activity in her community and worried constantly about her son being able to get to school and home safely. Natalia was determined to improve the quality of life for her family and decided it was time to find a new place to live.

She began looking for apartments in different communities, hoping she could find something affordable. However, what she found were high-priced apartments that were out of her budget, due in part to rising rents across Chicago. According to a report by Trulia, a marketplace real estate site, “rent prices in Chicago went up by 5%, higher than the national average of 3% while an increase in jobs for Chicago during the same period was a meager 1.5%.”

Despite this obstacle, her apartment search continued and brought her to the vibrant Pilsen community. She heard about TRP’s apartments at Casa Morelos and decided to apply. After a few weeks, TRP called her back to let her know she qualified for an apartment. When she moved into there, she discovered a clean and friendly building with maintenance staff available during the week. “Pilsen is a great community to live in,” says Natalia. “We’re grateful to live in this community.”

Today, Natalia feels good about where she lives because she no longer worries about coming home from work late at night or having her son travel back and forth to school. “Living at Casa Morelos,” she says, “has impacted us because I feel safe and my child is safe.”

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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 Oct 6 – 5:30PM to 7:30PM Nov 3 – 5:30PM to 7:30PM Dec 1st. – 5:30PM to 7:30PM Location – TBD The Resurrection Project (TRP) is assisting applicants for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and DACA renewal.  Our workshops bring together professionals […]

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DACA Volunteer Training

Oct 6 – 5:30PM to 7:30PM

Nov 3 – 5:30PM to 7:30PM

Dec 1st. – 5:30PM to 7:30PM

Location – TBD

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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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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