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February 2023 Monthly Highlights



Hello friends, supporters, and community!

¡Bienvenidos! Welcome to the month of February, the month in which we celebrate love, unity, and Black history. Black History Month is an annual recognition of the history, achievements, and influence of the African American community. On February 14, I hope you can share a joyful moment with your loved one(s).  

This year’s celebration comes at a time when we celebrate those who paved the way for our communities and share motivational stories for future generations. However, there is still much work to be done as we witnessed the tragedy of 29-year-old Tyre Nichols in Memphis, Tennessee. We are again confronting urgent issues of systemic injustice, but our resolve will not be deterred.  

As a social impact organization, our commitment is to proactively and collaboratively build a community that welcomes all and embraces diversity through our work in partnership with other organizations. On January 27, TRP, with the West Side Justice Center, hosted its 3rd Annual Access to Justice Summit at Malcolm X College with more than 400 Black and Brown advocates to promote legal representation to our communities impacted by mass deportation and mass incarceration. The work continues beyond the 28 days of February. Bridging Black and Brown communities begins with learning about and from each other and creating UNITY that leads to social and economic justice for everyone! 

In gratitude, 



We’re excited to announce that Veronica is the new Chief Development Officer for TRP. She joined TRP in 2015 and served as the Chief of Staff in her previous role. Veronica now leads the Institutional Advancement (IA) division which is responsible for raising support through philanthropic gifts, marketing and communications, and impact and services of the organization.

Liz Carretero, Director of Financial Wellness, has been selected for the 2023 class of Civic Leadership Academy (CLA) at the University of Chicago for Effective Government. They partner with colleagues across sectors to grow in leadership and advance meaningful change in Chicago. Read more about the program and cohort here.

Izzy Vielma-Reyes, Public Relations and Marketing Administrator, has been selected as a fellow for the 2023 cohort at New Leaders Council. The Fellowship builds collective power by convening and strengthening bonds between diverse, progressive leaders committed to justice, equity, and liberation. Read more about the Fellowship here.
More than 400 people gathered at Malcolm X College for the 3rd Annual Illinois Access to Justice Summit. Illinois Access to Justice (ILA2J) seeks to mitigate the devastating consequences of all forms of detention and incarceration and the resulting crippling effects on historically marginalized communities. Through a coalition of 76 organizations led by TRP and Westside Justice Center, we are expanding the network of holistic community-based legal services, including direct legal representation and mass legal literacy campaigns led by Community Navigators. Learn more about ILA2J here.
We are proud to announce that TRP has been awarded a City of Chicago WEB program grant. Through this grant, TRP and fellow grantees are breaking systemic barriers to accessing capital on the South and West sides through education, counseling, and financing Chicago’s co-op housing and business. Read more about the community wealth building initiative here.

The Community Organizing and Full Circle Homes teams staffed the public community meeting held at Benito Juarez with Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi. Our Full Circle Homes team can assist with your property tax. To make an appointment, call 312-880-1137.


TRP’s Immigrant Justice team and volunteers helped receive more than 3,700 new migrants from Central and South America, primarily from Texas. TRP and the Illinois Latino Agenda (ILA) intend to provide a space for all working on the migrant crisis to provide updates, share consistent information, and collaborate. For more information, visit  Welcome to IL.  

The Immigrant Justice Legal Clinic is holding volunteer training throughout the year. For more information and to register to volunteer, click here.


If you’re a new homebuyer this workshop on personal finance is for you. This free two-part course provides education, tools, and guidance to make homebuying easier. Join the workshop on Saturday, February 18, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to learn about financial goals, money management, and credit as it contributes to your goal of buying a home. Register here


The Noche de Gala is back! Join HOPE Family Services for a night of dinner, dancing, and fundraising on February 11, 2023, from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Niko’s Banquet Hall, 7600 S. Harlem Avenue in Bridgeview, Illinois. To purchase tickets, call 312-421-7647.

Eré Rendon, Vice President of Immigrant Justice, spoke with WBEZ about the migrants being bussed to Chicago and their need for permanent housing. Listen to the interview here.
Father Brendan Curran, O.P., Organizer of Institutional Advocacy for School Choice and Founder of Faith Table, spoke with WTTW Latino Voices about the Tax Credit Scholarships with Big Shoulders Fund and Empower Illinois available in Illinois. You can view the interview here.
The Resurrection Project was referenced in the important conversation about Pilsen residents facing property tax increases. You can read the article here.
Raul Raymundo, CEO and Co-Founder, spoke with the Chicago Sun-Times about his alma mater, Benito Juarez, in the wake of the December shooting which took the lives of 2 young men. You can read the article here.
Eré Rendon, Vice President of Immigrant Justice, spoke with Block Club Chicago about the incoming migrants and the demand for housing for these new arrivals. You can read the full article here.
ELLAS, a TRP initiative, was featured on Telemundo (no link available) to promote the Bras, Beauty, and More event. ELLAS provides support and resources to women battling breast cancer. To learn more about ELLAS services, visit the website here.

Guacolda Reyes, Chief Real Estate Development Officer, spoke with Sun-Times reporter David Roeder on the vision for TRP’s new affordable housing development, Casa Yucatan. Read the full article here.