The Resurrection Project http://resurrectionproject.org The Resurrection Project Fri, 30 Jan 2015 20:09:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 Nueva Vida January 2015: The TRP Newsletter http://resurrectionproject.org/nueva-vida-january-2015-trp-newsletter/ http://resurrectionproject.org/nueva-vida-january-2015-trp-newsletter/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:14:22 +0000 http://resurrectionproject.org/?p=5814 The post Nueva Vida January 2015: The TRP Newsletter appeared first on The Resurrection Project.

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Casa Querétaro, now under construction, reclaims a vacant lot for the community http://resurrectionproject.org/casa-queretaro-now-under-construction-reclaims-a-vacant-lot-for-the-community/ http://resurrectionproject.org/casa-queretaro-now-under-construction-reclaims-a-vacant-lot-for-the-community/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:08:56 +0000 http://resurrectionproject.org/?p=5809 by Diana Pando For more than 20 years, the lot on the corner of Damen and 17th street has been an eyesore to the community. It has been a dump site, a shooting range for drug users, a breeding ground for rat infestations, and an unsafe area for residents and the children of nearby Orozco Community […]

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by Diana Pando

casaQ-CORNER VIEW-SILLS2For more than 20 years, the lot on the corner of Damen and 17th street has been an eyesore to the community. It has been a dump site, a shooting range for drug users, a breeding ground for rat infestations, and an unsafe area for residents and the children of nearby Orozco Community Academy.

That is all about to change.

The Resurrection Project (TRP) has begun construction on Casa Querétaro, a brand new, 45-unit complex of quality affordable apartments that will transform the landscape and provide safe, clean, new apartments for individuals and families.

This project is almost 20 years in the making and a result of neighbors and community leaders advocating for change. In the mid 90s,TRP and area residents organized to tear down the abandoned silos that used to be on the vacant lot.The silos were a magnet for vandalism and criminal activity, and the site itself was often used to burn tires, creating a health hazard for area families and children.

“There were incidents of vandalism, robberies, and an influx of strangers coming in and out of the abandoned silos,” says Alicia Rocha, a lifelong Pilsen resident.

“The structures were falling apart and were an eye soar for the community,” says Raul Hernandez, another Pilsen resident and TRP board member. “There was a lot of garbage accumulating in the area that created a rat infestation.”

TRP began to work with community members, parishes, and elected officials to have the silos torn down. But even with the silos torn down, the lot remained a challenge for the community. For years,TRP tried to convert the empty lot into a healthy community space.

“We saw an opportunity to reclaim a once-dangerous space for the community,” says Raul Raymundo, CEO of The Resurrection Project.“We wanted to create a new building that would transform the landscape while also creating quality, affordable housing so that families could stay in Pilsen.”

The opportunity became reality late last year, when TRP closed the deal to begin construction on Casa Querétaro.

TRP will celebrate alongside dignitaries, partners, and community stakeholders with a shovel ceremony on February 5, 2015.

Construction of Casa Querétaro is expected to be complete in December 2015, and leasing for the new units will begin in October.The 45 units will be available at below-market rates.

“Casa Querétaro will help keep individuals and families from being priced out of the Pilsen neighborhood,” says Guacolda Reyes,Vice President of Economic Development at TRP.

YELLOW-ENTRY VIEW-SILLSMore importantly, Casa Querétaro will reclaim a once-dangerous empty lot and convert it to a new space where families can live and grow as part of the community. It will remove a dangerous empty space near Orozco Academy, and transform the area with a beautiful new building.

This is a victory for the neighborhood and its years-long fight to convert this space into a new community asset.

Casa Querétaro by the numbers

Casa Querétaro will include green architecture, high-efficiency central air and heat systems, Energy Star appliances, and floor materials that include 75% recycled content.

This project represents a $15 million investment in Chicago’s Pilsen community that will also spur jobs and economic opportunity.

The project is possible thanks to significant investment from the following financing partners: City of Chicago’s Department of Planning and Development, City of Chicago Ogden TIF, Citi Community Capital, Chicago Housing Authority and The National Equity Fund.

The architects for the new apartment building are Design Bridge Ltd. DENCO Construction Inc. will manage the construction.

The building is scheduled to for completion in December 2015.

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TRP announces Imagine More 25th Anniversary Gala http://resurrectionproject.org/trp-announces-imagine-more-25th-anniversary-gala/ http://resurrectionproject.org/trp-announces-imagine-more-25th-anniversary-gala/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:08:40 +0000 http://resurrectionproject.org/?p=5806 by Ed Vogel The Resurrection Project is excited to announce Imagine More, our 25th Anniversary Gala on October 22nd, 2015 at Chicago’s prestigious Drake Hotel. The origins of The Resurrection Project (TRP) were modest, but the results are bold. In 1990, residents from Chicago’s Pilsen community were determined to build a healthier and safer neighborhood.Working […]

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TRPadCrains 11_20142The Resurrection Project is excited to announce Imagine More, our 25th Anniversary Gala on October 22nd, 2015 at Chicago’s prestigious Drake Hotel.

The origins of The Resurrection Project (TRP) were modest, but the results are bold. In 1990, residents from Chicago’s Pilsen community were determined to build a healthier and safer neighborhood.Working through six local parishes, they raised $30,000 to create TRP, which has since leveraged more than $346 million to transform communities and empower more than 38,500 individuals.While proud of the successes of the first

25 years,TRP eagerly awaits the opportunities that lie ahead.

As we begin to imagine the next 25 years, we invite you to Imagine More,The Resurrection Project’s 25th Anniversary Gala. This festive event will bring together more than 500 of Chicago’s civic, business, and community leaders to celebrate TRP’s impact and share its vision for the future.The gala will feature testimony and commendation from Chicago area dignitaries, a cocktail reception and dinner, and performances showcasing Latino culture.

Previous celebrations have enjoyed the support of U.S. Senator Richard Durbin, Francis Cardinal George, Northern Trust’s former Chairman and CEO William Osborn, U.S. Congressman Luis Gutierrez, and former Mayor Richard M. Daley. Past sponsors have included Bank of America, Citibank, JPMorgan Chase, and US Bank.

Please save the date and join us as we honor TRP’s community legacy — both the passion of our founders and luminaries building our future.

We are humbled to have the following group of renowned leaders who have volunteered to join the Host Committee and ensure the success of our Imagine More 25th Anniversary Gala:

Co-Chairs

Eric Lugo, Vice President, JPMorgan Chase

Milena Tous, President, MultiLatino Marketing

Host Committee (In Formation)

Juan Avila, Managing Director, Toroso Investments

Nicholas Brunick, Attorney, Applegate & Thorne- Thompson

Gloria Castillo, President & CEO, Chicago United

Maria Castro, Manager Community Relations, Comcast

Julie Chavez, Senior Vice President, Bank of America

Guillermo Garcia, President, GSG Consultants

Gerry Kenny, Director of Special Projects, DENCO

Laritza Lopez, President, Purple Group

Annet Miranda, Account Executive, Purple Group

Frank Monroy, President, The V5 Group

Alberto Ortega, Director Community Relations, Sodexo

Antonio Ortiz, President, Cristo Rey High School

Rodrigo Perez, President, DENCO

Randy Rivera, Senior Vice President, BBVA

Jos Saldana, President, Biba Global

 

To request information on sponsorships and tickets, please contact Ed Vogel, Donor Relations Manager, at 312-374-4468.

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From La Casa to your Casa: La Casa cheers on a Robert Morris student working to make a difference http://resurrectionproject.org/from-la-casa-to-your-casa-la-casa-cheers-on-a-robert-morris-student-working-to-make-a-difference/ http://resurrectionproject.org/from-la-casa-to-your-casa-la-casa-cheers-on-a-robert-morris-student-working-to-make-a-difference/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:08:20 +0000 http://resurrectionproject.org/?p=5684 by Claudia Martinez From an early age, Tre Dudley, a La Casa resident, knew he wanted to be in the healthcare industry. He discovered this passion while getting his Certified Nursing Assistant Certificate (CNA) in high school. Tre was also inspired by his older sister, who started off as a CNA and went back to […]

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From an early age, Tre Dudley, a La Casa resident, knew he wanted to be in the healthcare industry. He discovered this passion while getting his Certified Nursing Assistant Certificate (CNA) in high school. Tre was also inspired by his older sister, who started off as a CNA and went back to school to become a registered nurse.

During his senior year in high school, Tre had his heart set on going to Southern Illinois University. Unfortunately, he did not receive enough financial aid and ended up attending Joliet Junior College. After being there for a couple of years, Tre was scouted by the Robert Morris University cheerleading coach and was offered a cheerleading scholarship.

“This was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up,” Tre says. He began majoring in Robert Morris’ surgical technology program.

What he didn’t anticipate was not being able to afford living on campus. Instead, he had to wake up at 4 a.m. and get himself ready to catch a Metra train into the city. “This was the only way to make it to my 8 a.m. class,” he says.

Trey_ThreeOn many occasions, he found himself staying with friends at the University Center in downtown Chicago. The commute was starting to take a toll on him and becoming stressful. As time passed, he knew he needed to find an alternative. Then, during one of his cross-country meet-ups, a friend told him about his experience living at La Casa in the Pilsen neighborhood.

Tre decided to reach out to the La Casa staff to learn more. He applied and not only got accepted but received a scholarship to live at La Casa. “I would recommend La Casa,” Tre says. “Especially to full-time students struggling to pay for housing,”

Since moving to La Casa, Tre has become more actively involved with the Robert Morris Eagle Scholars, which help incoming freshmen transition into the school. He also works with students as a tutor in the surgical technology clinical lab.

Currently, Tre is also going through his clinical rotations at Rush Hospital. He is expected to graduate in the fall of 2015 and plans to work as a surgical technologist. He also plans to go back to school to get a masters in secondary education. Tre’s drive, passion, and focus will make him successful in all his endeavors.

For more information on La Casa Student Housing visit www.lacasastudethousing.org.

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The Resurrection Project remembers Cecilia Paz, a TRP founder http://resurrectionproject.org/the-resurrection-project-remembers-cecilia-paz-a-trp-founder/ http://resurrectionproject.org/the-resurrection-project-remembers-cecilia-paz-a-trp-founder/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:08:06 +0000 http://resurrectionproject.org/?p=5802 TRP remembers founding member Cecilia “Cece” Paz, who passed away in December 2014. Cece was one of several intrepid leaders in Pilsen who worked to found The Resurrection Project in 1990. Perhaps the best way to describe Cecilia is a woman of God who used her love to put her faith and values into action […]

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Cecilia PazTRP remembers founding member Cecilia “Cece” Paz, who passed away in December 2014. Cece was one of several intrepid leaders in Pilsen who worked to found The Resurrection Project in 1990.

Perhaps the best way to describe Cecilia is a woman of God who used her love to put her faith and values into action to build God’s kingdom on earth.

However, all of this was first learned through the love shown to her by her family, especially her parents – Aurora and Leon Paz – and her siblings Juan Paz, Guadalupe Paz, Leon Paz Jr. and Daniel Paz.This love continued further by the love shown to her by her Tia Elena Chavez, and Tio Jaime Solano and all of her loving cousins.

Growing up, Cecilia went to grade school and high school at St. Procopius. She worked hard to help her family run their tortilla business, Tortilleria Durango.

Cecilia was also a pioneer. In her early 20’s Cecilia loved to participate in ballroom dancing competitions.At the encouragement of her father, Cecilia also ventured out of the community to work in the Chicago loop in the male-dominated financial services and insurance industries.

However, community and leadership were Cecilia’s passions. It all started in St. Procopius parish where she was a member of the Parish Council, Guadalupanos, and other lay leadership positions.

She branched out to work with other leaders at several churches in our community: Providence of God, St. Pius, St.Adalbert, St.Vitus, St.Ann, St. Paul, and many many more.

Through this, Cece found kindred friends who worked together to organize the annual Via Crucis on Good Friday, Street Masses, Safety Marches, and much more.These public displays of faith often became points of social activism to utilize the teachings of Christ to promote peace and non-violence in our communities.

In the 1990s, Cece was one of several intrepid leaders in Pilsen who worked to found The Resurrection Project—an organization that has worked for more than 24 years to make Pilsen a healthy place through the development of leaders, assets like affordable housing, and other education programs. Cece’s story is captured in books about Hispanic ministry written by professors from UIC, DePaul, and others.

Cece didn’t just lead. She taught. As Director of Religious Education at St. Procopius, Cece taught children and adults about faith. Cece was the kind of person where, if someone wanted to become part of the church and didn’t have a sponsor or Padrino, she herself would step up and serve in that role. People jokingly and truthfully call her comadre to the community – because she was.

Privately, Cece fought for her health through the latter part of her life. For the past 15 years, she was challenged several times but remained optimistic. Her mom, sister, brothers, and her beloved two generations of nieces and nephews—essentially her children—all stood by her side to keep her going.The love that Cece showed all of them throughout her life was given back to her through a beautiful demonstration of care and compassion up until her last breath.

Cece is love. Cece is faith. Cece is Action.

As a woman who lived for others Cece lived for the greater glory of God. May she rest in peace.

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The Resurrection Project and community to celebrate the construction of state-of-the-art affordable housing in Pilsen http://resurrectionproject.org/resurrection-project-alderman-solis-celebrate-construction-state-art-affordable-housing-pilsen/ http://resurrectionproject.org/resurrection-project-alderman-solis-celebrate-construction-state-art-affordable-housing-pilsen/#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:53:57 +0000 http://resurrectionproject.org/?p=5718 Media Contact: Diana Pando /dpando@resurrectionproject.org Office: 312-880-1140 / Cell 312-498-4067 On Thursday, February 5, 2015, The Resurrection Project (TRP) and Alderman Daniel “Danny” Solis, and community stakeholders will hold a shovel ceremony for Casa Querétaro, a new construction that will create 45 units of quality affordable housing in Pilsen. The ceremony, which kicks off a […]

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Media Contact: Diana Pando /dpando@resurrectionproject.org

Office: 312-880-1140 / Cell 312-498-4067

On Thursday, February 5, 2015, The Resurrection Project (TRP) and Alderman Daniel “Danny” Solis, and community stakeholders will hold a shovel ceremony for Casa Querétaro, a new construction that will create 45 units of quality affordable housing in Pilsen. The ceremony, which kicks off a yearlong celebration of TRP’s 25th anniversary, will take place at 10 a.m. at Orozco Community Academy (1940 West 18th Street).

Casa Querétaro will be a four-story state-of-the-art, energy-efficient building that will replace the empty lot on the corner of Damen and 17th Street. The 45 units will be available at below-market rates to provide quality, affordable housing options for individuals and families.

CASAQ_Dp“The investment in Casa Queretaro is part of our Five Year Housing Plan which entails a citywide commitment to creating more affordable housing for families in the City of Chicago,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel.  “This project represents a much-anticipated transformation of underutilized land that will positively impact and address the needs of this community and provide additional rental housing for Chicago’s families.”

This project is almost 20 years in the making and a result of neighbors and community leaders advocating for change. In the mid 90s, TRP and area residents organized to tear down the abandoned silos that used to be on the vacant lot.

“The silos and vacant lot,” says lifelong Pilsen resident Alicia Rocha, “were a magnet for criminal activity, garbage, and rat infestations. Casa Querétaro will improve the neighborhood and continue to stabilize families on this block.”

“Casa Querétaro will reclaim a once-dangerous empty lot and convert it to a new space where families can imagine more for themselves in the community,” says TRP CEO Raul Raymundo. “It will remove a dangerous empty space near Orozco Academy, and transform the area with a beautiful new building.”

The new construction comes at a time when people are struggling to find housing within their budget. According to a report by Trulia, a marketplace real estate site, “rent prices in Chicago went up by 5%, higher than the national average.”

“Casa Querétaro will provide new, modern apartments,” says Guacolda Reyes, TRP’s Vice President of Real Estate Development, “but at affordable rates to ensure families are not priced out of the Pilsen neighborhood.”

This project represents a $15 million investment in Chicago’s Pilsen community that will also spur jobs and economic opportunity. The project is possible thanks to significant investment from the following financing partners: City of Chicago’s Department of Planning and Development, City of Chicago Ogden TIF, Citi Community Capital, Chicago Housing Authority and The National Equity Fund. The architects for the new apartment building are Design Bridge Ltd. Construction will be managed by DENCO Construction Inc. The building is scheduled to for completion in December 2015.

The shovel ceremony for Casa Querétaro marks the start of a yearlong celebration leading up to TRP’s 25th Anniversary Gala in October. “TRP has impacted our communities with projects like Casa Querétaro since 1990,” says Raymundo. “We are excited about our 25th anniversary, but more excited about our plans to expand our services and projects so that we help transform more neighborhoods in the years to come.”

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TRP and partners help families escape the cycle of poverty through new Lending Circles http://resurrectionproject.org/trp-partners-help-families-escape-circle-poverty-new-lending-circles/ http://resurrectionproject.org/trp-partners-help-families-escape-circle-poverty-new-lending-circles/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:21:50 +0000 http://resurrectionproject.org/?p=5574 by Diana Pando With area families still struggling to recover from the recession and living paycheck to paycheck, The Resurrection Project (TRP) has teamed up with Mission Asset Fund (MAF) and Chase Bank to create a new social loan program called Lending Circles. The Lending Circles are designed to help financially vulnerable families save money, […]

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by Diana Pando

IMG_0177With area families still struggling to recover from the recession and living paycheck to paycheck, The Resurrection Project (TRP) has teamed up with Mission Asset Fund (MAF) and Chase Bank to create a new social loan program called Lending Circles.

The Lending Circles are designed to help financially vulnerable families save money, establish a credit history, and improve their credit score. As part of the program, participants will be required to create a savings plan, and will be able to meet with a TRP financial coach to establish and accomplish financial goals. Participants will be required to attend a financial coaching session before they apply to ensure they are qualified.

“This is an important expansion of our financial literacy programming,” says Kristen Komara, Vice President of Financial Wellness. “There are financially under-served families in our communities that are taking out high-interest payday loans or using their credit cards for everyday purchases, which is creating a continued cycle of poverty.”

According to a recent Demo’s national survey,“43% of Latinos are reporting using their credit cards to pay for basic living expenses like rent, mortgage payments, groceries, utilities or because they did not have enough money in their checking or savings accounts.”

TRP’s Lending Circles program was created with these families in mind. Unlike informal lending circles where you make a payment to family or friends, TRP Lending Circles payments will be reported to the credit bureau. Payments are guaranteed by Chase Bank ensuring that all participants receive their full loan amount.

“It’s a safe and affordable way to build credit,” said Madeline Cruz, TRP’s Financial Coach. “It provides a zero-interest and zero-fee loan that can be used towards the individual’s financial goals.”

The Lending Circles are a non-traditional option to building and re-stablishing credit because of the less conservative eligibility requirements. Most people are expected to use the money to pay off debt or to save for home ownership, a new business, an emergency fund, college fund, or larger expense.

The Lending Circles will also become an important tool in helping participants establish or improve their credit. TRP recognizes credit as the foundation for building wealth, but also recognizes the lack of affordable financial products available to our community that help in building this credit.

“Credit building allows the community to build wealth, become financially stable, and access affordable financial products,” says Cruz.

At this time the capacity for the Lending Circles program is being capped at 50 but will increase based on demand. TRP will begin new Lending Circles each month.

Currently, TRP is one of two organizations in Illinois providing lending circles. The TRP Lending Circles are supported by JP Morgan Chase. The Lending Circles are managed and licensed by the Mission Asset Fund (MAF), a nonprofit organization based in California dedicated to creating a fair financial marketplace for working families. MAF is an official lending circles provider.

For more information on how to sign up for TRP’s Lending Circles please contact Madeline Cruz, Financial Coach, at 312-217-5598 or via email at mcruz@resurrectionproject.org

The next bilingual information Lending Circles workshop will take place on the following day:

Wednesday, January 7th 5:30PM to 6:30 PM English session / 6:30PM to 7:30PM – Spanish Session

1914 S Ashland, Chicago, IL 60608

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From La Casa To Your Casa: A DACA student makes the most of her new opportunities http://resurrectionproject.org/la-casa-casa-daca-student-makes-new-opportunities/ http://resurrectionproject.org/la-casa-casa-daca-student-makes-new-opportunities/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:17:48 +0000 http://resurrectionproject.org/?p=5592 by Claudia Martinez Beatriz came to the U.S. with her family when she was five years old. She thought they were on vacation, but the reality was that her father lost his job in Mexico and, like many immigrants, brought his family to the United States to find a better life. It wasn’t until Beatriz […]

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by Claudia Martinez

Beatriz_2Beatriz came to the U.S. with her family when she was five years old. She thought they were on vacation, but the reality was that her father lost his job in Mexico and, like many immigrants, brought his family to the United States to find a better life.

It wasn’t until Beatriz became a teenager that she began to encounter the obstacles of being undocumented. She tried to get her driver’s license but was unable to get one. When she started to apply to college, she found that she could not apply for federal student aid.

To get herself through school, Beatriz found a job at a restaurant and saved every cent she could. She enrolled at the College of DuPage and began to open up to others about her immigration status. “The hardest part,” she says, “was getting people to understand what being undocumented actually meant.”

After completing her general education requirements, she applied to different universities but was ineligible for financial aid. Beatriz continued applying to different schools and was finally accepted to Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). With Beatriz successfully becoming a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) student, IIT was able to provide financial assistance to continue her education.

Beatriz decided to major in business since she was working at a restaurant and doing marketing for them. But to get to class, she spent an hour and a half on the Metra and then took a bus. The commute back home was up to two hours. “There were times,” she says, “when I was too tired to do homework. I didn’t feel motivated.”

After almost missing an exam because of her commute, she finally shared her frustration with classmates. One of them was a La Casa resident who recommended she look into La Casa.

She applied to La Casa Student Housing and was accepted. She convinced her parents to let her move into La Casa, and was able to cut down on her commute time. Now she had time to do homework without being exhausted.

The time saved on commuting didn’t just help her focus on her studies: it also allowed her to become more active in school. After being a member of Latinos Involved in Further Education (LIFE) and Hispanics Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE), she decided to take on a leadership role in both after seeing a need for improvements. Drawing from her experience at the restaurant and from her business studies, Beatriz became a Marketing Director for both organizations.

Beatriz1“Student participation was dying down,” she explained. “We only had about seven active members and now we have at least 20. Our e-board has also grown to eight people.”

The main source of her drive in everything she does is her family.

“I want my family and to be proud of me,” she says. “I want to give back to the community.”

She is thrilled to be graduating this semester because she is the first of her sisters to get a bachelor’s degree.

“It’s a lot of pressure,” she says, “but that is what keeps me going.”

To learn more about La Casa Student Housing, visit www.lacasasstudenthousing.org.

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With a little help from TRP and a patron saint, a man finds a home in Back of the Yards http://resurrectionproject.org/back-yards-resident-finds-stability-trp-apartment/ http://resurrectionproject.org/back-yards-resident-finds-stability-trp-apartment/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:17:06 +0000 http://resurrectionproject.org/?p=5579 by Diana Pando Before moving into a TRP apartment, tenant Douglas Allan had been living on Chicago’s north side. He was struggling to regain his independence after going through financial hardship and health issues. While he was appreciative of his family supporting him through hard times, he knew he had to move out on his […]

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by Diana Pando

Anthony2Before moving into a TRP apartment, tenant Douglas Allan had been living on Chicago’s north side. He was struggling to regain his independence after going through financial hardship and health issues. While he was appreciative of his family supporting him through hard times, he knew he had to move out on his own.

He began searching for apartments in his area but all of them were out of his price range. Douglas didn’t have a traditional 9-to-5 job because he was an entrepreneur and worked out of his home. The problem was that no one was willing to work with his income. Despite his efforts, he still couldn’t find anything.

Discouraged, he decided to see if he could find something in the Pilsen neighborhood. He began walking west down Pilsen hoping to see “for rent” signs in windows. He also started going into local businesses to inquire about apartments.

After walking around the neighborhood for some time he started feeling discouraged. He decided to go into one last store on 18th Street. He spotted a statue of St. Anthony, patron saint of lost things. Douglas picked it up and said, “St. Anthony please help me find an apartment.”

Douglas promised St. Anthony he would place him in a prominent place in his new apartment and went to pay for the statue. The store owner commented, “You know he is the patron of lost things. What are you looking for?”

Douglas told him he was looking for an apartment, and the store owner told him about The Resurrection Project (TRP). He decided to reach out to TRP and apply for an apartment. He was excited because while he did not get the apartment in Pilsen, he was approved for one in the Back of the Yards neighborhood.

“I haven’t lived in a stable environment for many years,” said Douglas. “I’m able to afford an apartment and it provides me with a stable environment allowing me to do more things.”

He encourages people to apply for a TRP apartment because “the apartments are spacious, clean, and have new appliances.”  Douglas also notes, “These apartments allow people to save money and gives them a lifestyle they can actually afford.”

ANTHONY_1The TRP building he lives in is also helping create healthy communities because it’s stabilizing the neighborhood. “It’s important for TRP housing to be here,” he says, “because it provides a beautiful space where before there might have been an abandoned home or empty lot.”

Living in the neighborhood is also giving Douglas an opportunity to volunteer and teach English as a second language. While the neighborhood continues to need more affordable housing and community resources Douglas points out that there is a new school and shopping opportunities in the area.

“There is a feeling of hopefulness in the Back of the Yards neighborhood,” he says.

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The City of Chicago and TRP team up to help minority business owners http://resurrectionproject.org/city-chicago-trp-team-help-minority-business-owners/ http://resurrectionproject.org/city-chicago-trp-team-help-minority-business-owners/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:14:25 +0000 http://resurrectionproject.org/?p=5632 by Diana Pando The City of Chicago has selected The Resurrection Project (TRP) as one of three Capital Access Centers to help provide capital to small business owners and entrepreneurs in underserved neighborhoods. This exciting announcement comes at a time when TRP is already working with small businesses to provide them with free workshops and […]

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pilsen1The City of Chicago has selected The Resurrection Project (TRP) as one of three Capital Access Centers to help provide capital to small business owners and entrepreneurs in underserved neighborhoods.

This exciting announcement comes at a time when TRP is already working with small businesses to provide them with free workshops and counseling to help their operations grow. Small business owners and entrepreneurs help create jobs and stimulate local economies.That is why TRP and the City of Chicago have teamed up to improve access to capital in underserved communities. Accessing sufficient capital, including small business loans, is a key barrier many minority business owners and entrepreneurs face.

According to the Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy, “Hispanic and black entrepreneurs tend to start their companies with less money than white entrepreneurs, and are also less likely to be approved for a business loan.” Data released by the Federal Reserve also indicates minority business owners pay interest rates 32 percent higher on business loans than white counterparts pay.

As part of the new program, TRP will help entrepreneurs navigate the application process to competitive business loans.TRP will also provide capacity and access to opportunities for small business owners and entrepreneurs throughout the Chicagoland area.

“We are working with many lenders across the city and state of Illinois that all have different requirements,” says Adrian Soto, TRP’s Vice President of Economic Development.“We will refer a business to the source of capital that best fits their needs and qualifications.”

This new partnerships between TRP and the City of Chicago as a Capital Access Center will help jump-start many small businesses.

“Our goal in working with our communities on these efforts,” says Soto,“is to help them build assets and create wealth so they can contribute towards healthy communities.”

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