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A few weeks ago, the world lost Sharon B. King – a native Chicagoan, and a respected national leader and pioneer in philanthropy. Sharon championed great causes and strong leaders, and was an early champion and supporter of The Resurrection Project.
We would not be where we are today without her belief in us. Her life’s passion will live forever through our mission and work. We extend our condolences to Sharon’s family.
by Diana Pando
Olga’s journey to the University of Illinois at Chicago wasn’t easy.
When she graduated high school, she wanted to go to college but wasn’t sure if her family, who lived in Mexico, had the resources to help her. Her family told her to return to Mexico, and she thought her college dreams were dashed. Eventually, she convinced her parents to let her return to Chicago to attend college. She would have to stay with her aunt in Melrose Park in a two-bedroom apartment where six other people lived.
Determined to start her college education, Olga enrolled at Triton College. But without a room for herself, she would often do her homework on the same space where she slept: on the living room floor.
Two years later, she applied to the University of Illinois at Chicago and was accepted. She was still living with her aunt and needed to find a new place to live closer to school. She knew she couldn’t afford to live on campus or in an apartment.
A counselor referred Olga to La Casa Student Housing, an initiative of The Resurrection Project.
Olga applied and was accepted at La Casa Student Housing. Now, she has access to a computer lab, wrap-around academic support services, and a quiet environment to do her homework in alongside other college students. Her commute became a short 10 minutes, and the time saved has helped her maintain high grades.
In December 2014, Olga will finish her degree in Psychology and fulfill her academic dreams.
“My parents are really proud of me because I will be the first one graduating from college.” – Olga