Chicago, IL – The Resurrection Project (TRP) is proud to announce that they recently received a $50,000.00 grant through Chicago Tribune Charities, a McCormick Foundations Fund.

This one-year grant TRP received will support La Casa Persistence program. La Casa is a first-of-its-kind community-based college dormitory and resource center that combines student support services with affordable housing; and through community outreach builds college and career knowledge among Chicago’s low-income students and families.

La Casa provides affordable housing to students from different universities who live and learn together, along with academic support and wraparound services that increase their chance of college success. Through community outreach, La Casa staff provides guidance to hundreds of first-generation students and their families about college admissions and financial aid processes.

Programming supports the personal, academic, and professional development of La Casa students, who live and learn together in a unique housing environment tailored to their needs. La Casa’s holistic, wrap around residential services address the high college dropout rate among low-income, Latino, and African-American students.

La Casa’s Career Internship Program (CIP) enables participating students to obtain a high-impact real-world learning experience. In addition to supportive, affordable student housing, a major component of La Casa is its community outreach programs. These programs create a pipeline to college in a low-income, underserved community that faces language and cultural barriers.

This grant cycle, Chicago Tribune Charities distributed $1,250,000 to 17 nonprofit organizations across Chicago and surrounding suburbs.

About The Resurrection Project

The Resurrection Project is a multifaceted organization that seamlessly blends community development, community organizing, human service delivery, and advocacy to build healthier and engaged communities. Since its founding in 1990 with an initial seed capital of $30,000, TRP has leveraged more than $431 million in community reinvestment through homes for ownership, rental housing, small businesses and community facilities. To date TRP has developed 733 units of affordable housing, and created over 264,000 square feet of community commercial space, creating vibrant, healthier and involved communities. For more information about The Resurrection Project, please visit www.resurrectionproject.org.

About Chicago Tribune Charities, A McCormick Foundation Fund

In 1990 the Chicago Tribune expanded its support for helping those in need in Chicago and the suburbs and partnered with the Robert R. McCormick Foundation to establish Chicago Tribune Charities, a McCormick Foundation Fund. The fund is promoted, particularly its Holiday Giving Campaign, to raise funds from Chicago Tribune readers, the public and corporate donors. The Chicago Tribune and the McCormick Foundation pay all expenses ensuring that all do nations, plus the McCormick Foundation match of 50 cents on each donated dollar, are invested in the community.

The funds raised support programs throughout Chicagoland that help low-income people have access to child & youth education, adult literacy, job training & workforce development and child abuse prevention & treatment programs. Since inception, more than $121 million has been distributed to make a positive impact in the lives of thousands of disadvantaged children and families in Chicago and the suburbs. To learn more about Chicago Tribune Charities visit http://donate.mccormickfoundation.org/chicagotribunecharities.

About the Robert R. McCormick Foundation

Robert R. McCormick Foundation is committed to fostering communities of educated, informed and engaged citizens. Through philanthropic programs, Cantigny Park and museums, the Foundation helps develop citizen leaders and works to make life better in our communities. The Foundation was established as a charitable trust in 1955, upon the death of Colonel Robert R. McCormick, the longtime editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune. The McCormick Foundation is one of the nation’s largest foundations, with more than $1.5 billion in assets.

The McCormick Foundation’s Communities Program continues Col. McCormick’s legacy by partnering with media outlets, such as the Chicago Tribune, sports teams and philanthropic organizations across the country, to raise money and provide matching dollars, which increase the impact of charitable giving. To learn more about the McCormick Foundation visit www.McCormickFoundation.org. Follow us on Twitter and Like us on Facebook.

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