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January 10, 2013

Civic 2.0 classes: Bridging Pilsen’s digital divide

by Alex Morales Published: July 15, 2011 On Wednesday May 4, 2011 The Resurrection Project, Casa Juan Diego, the IL Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and Cooper Dual Language Academy celebrated the graduation of the first Civic 2.0 class. The Civic 2.0 classes are designed to introduce community members to basic computer use, from turning on a system and operating a mouse to surfing the web and using email. The Civic 2.0 classes are part of the SmartChicago initiative which is currently bridging the digital divide in our communities via classes and community workshops.
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January 10, 2013

199 families served at Melrose Park's Home Rescue Fair

by Alex Morales Published: July 13, 2011 On June 11 & 12, 2011 The Resurrection Project (TRP) - in partnership with the Alliance for Stabilizing Our Communities, led by the National Council of La Raza (NCLR, the National Urban League (NUL), and the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD), with the support of Bank of America— hosted a free Home Rescue Fair at Casa Esperanza in Melrose Park, Ill.  Loan specialists, housing counselors, and attorneys provided intensive counseling and offered home retention strategies through workshops and in-language assistance to 199 Illinois families facing financial hardship.
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January 10, 2013

From Mujer Avanzando to success: Sandy's experience

by Alex Morales Published: April 7, 2011 Sandy Guzman has been able to achieve her goals and, at 28 years old she continues pursuing life improving opportunities thanks to the Mujer Avanzando program. Her difficulties started when she became a mother at the early age of 18, as she was still in her junior year of high school living with her parents. After her first child was born she continued going to school but it was difficult to manage her time between school, being a mother, being in a romantic relationship and also maintaining a part time job as a bookstore cashier. Her days will start early, as she would take her son to daycare then go to school, pick him up, drop him off at her parents place and then going to work until 9pm, with very little time to spend with her kids and her partner. A year after having her first child, she became pregnant with a second child, moved in with her partner to raise the kids but due to her responsibilities her relationship started deteriorate. This unstable situation led to other more serious problems ultimately escalating into domestic violence.
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January 10, 2013

Pilsen seniors succeed after 25-year fight

by Ryan Kelsey Published: April 7, 2011 Members of the greater Pilsen community came together to honor those who led a 25 year fight as they celebrated the 1st Open House of the Senior Satellite Center at Casa Maravilla located at 2021 S. Morgan St. “This Senior Satellite Center is now open to everyone 55 and better throughout the adjacent neighborhoods,” Carmen Velasquez, Executive Director of the Alivio Medical Center said. “We hope that everyone across neighborhoods beyond Pilsen such as Little Village, Heart of Chicago, Back of the Yards, and South Loop make this center a part of their weekly wellness and social routine.  We have the courageous people here in these photos to thank for it.”
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January 10, 2013

TRP’s Guacolda Reyes wins La Raza’s Annual Distinguished Women Award

by Alex Morales Published: April 5, 2011 The Resurrection Project is honored to announce that on Thursday, March 31st, Guacolda Reyes, TRP’s Vice President of Community Development, was awarded La Raza’s Annual Mujeres Destacadas/Distinguished Women recognition awards, a prestigious award honoring the many contributions Latinas have made within our community. Guacolda was selected out of 30 strong nominees in the Business & Technology category, which recognizes women who have played a significant role in the economic development or technological advancement for the Latino community.
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January 10, 2013

Casa Maravilla tenants travel to Springfield for Capitol's Lobby Day

by Erendira Rendon Published: April 4, 2011 On Thursday, March 3rd over 40 community members including Resurrection Project tenants from Casa Maravilla, members from Centro Toribio Romo Immigrant Center and parishioners from Saint Agnes of Bohemia parish packed a bus and two cars and headed down to Springfield on a mission to talk to their state elected officials.  It has become a tradition; this time of year hundreds of immigrant advocates flood the halls of the state capital to ensure that the state assembly is doing the best it can be for all the immigrants and refugees in the state. 
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January 10, 2013

TRP and IDLP break ground on new Instituto Heath Sciences…

Published: February 18, 2011 On February 18th 2011, The Resurrection Project, in partnership with Instituto Del Progreso Latino, broke ground on the construction of the Instituto Heath Sciences Academy.  The high school is addressing the profound shortage of Latinos and other urban youth in the health care field in Illinois and ensuring parents and students have a high-quality educational option that leads directly to the jobs of the future.
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January 10, 2013

Mayor Daley dedicates new Casa Maravilla senior housing and satellite…

Published: February 8, 2011 Mayor Richard M. Daley today joined Ald. Danny Solis (25th), The Resurrection Project and members of the Pilsen community to celebrate the grand opening of the Casa Maravilla affordable senior housing facility and satellite senior center located at 2021 S. Morgan St. “Chicago’s seniors are one of our most valuable assets,” Mayor Daley said. “We depend on our community of seniors to serve as role models to our families and communities and are grateful for the significant contributions they have made to the culture of our neighborhoods and fabric of our city.” Casa Maravilla offers a comprehensive 73-unit affordable senior rental building and a Senior Satellite Center which will be operated by the Department of Family and Support Services.
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January 10, 2013

The Resurrection Project's receives the CISCO's 2010 Residential Construction Project…

Northern Illinois Real Estate magazine, January 2011 Published: February 1, 2011 On Friday January 28 the Construction Industry Service Corporation (CISCO) announced its Project of the Year award winners as part of its annual Pride in Construction Award Program. The program, which recognizes the top quality union construction projects in four categories, also honors the efforts of an area educator, Illinois public body and labor conciliator.  During this event the Resurrection Project & McShane Construction received the Residential Construction Award for our newest buildings Casa Maravilla and Casa Morelos, located in the Pilsen neighborhood.
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January 10, 2013

Families embrace technology at the New Communities Program’s SmartChicago Campaign…

Alex Morales Published: January 18, 2011 The Pilsen Smart Communities Launch on November 16th brought together the technological expertise of the Instituto Del Progreso Latino and the community organizing approach of The Resurrection Project to Orozco Community Academy for families ready to learn how they can take full advantage of all the benefits that being computer savvy has to offer. Over 300 parents and their kids participated in presentations and demonstrations on technology-based services available online, such as Skype.
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January 10, 2013

ILDCEO’s Energy Efficient Affordable Housing Program State Grant Awarded to…

by Alex Morales Published: January 18, 2011 On ­­October, 27 2010, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (ILDCEO) held a press conference at The Resurrection Project’s (TRP’s) newest affordable senior rental building Casa Maravilla, to publicize the state efforts to fund more energy efficient affordable housing in Illinois .  The grant for a green senior housing project in Chicago that TRP received is part of an effort to create more energy efficient affordable housing in Illinois.
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January 10, 2013

TRP saves the Mendez’ home from a complicated case of…

by Alex Morales Published: January 18, 2011 Angelina Mendez, a 41 year-old local entrepreneur and mother of two, was able to purchase a home close to the convenience store she owns in Little Village. Like many families who have faced the danger of foreclosure, Angelina was able to accommodate the initial payments on her home before her original mortgage terms expired. As is the case for sub-prime loans and adjustable rate mortgages, once the new term expired, her house payments increased dramatically.
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