“I found my voice”
Youth Development Services provides neighborhood youth, between the ages of 6-18, opportunities to develop leadership skills and achieve their academic goals through dynamic, evidence-based after school and summer enrichment programs.
CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF OPPORTUNITY WITH HEAD START
“Education is not a problem,” President Lyndon B. Johnson said 50 years ago. “Education is an opportunity” Head Start has opened that window of opportunity for the nation’s most at-risk children and families since Johnson signed legislation creating the program. From August 2014 through June 2015, the HACC Head Start community – and the nation – will celebrate our shared commitment to giving our communities’ most vulnerable children a window of opportunity unlike any other. Please visit HACC’s Early Childhood and Home Visiting Programs site to learn more about our Head Start and Early Head Start Program.
“I found my smile”
The Health and Human Services Department offers programs aimed at strengthening families and promoting healthy lifestyles. Each year over 4000 families receive vital services including case management, counseling, dental services, HIV education, testing services and medical case management,domestic violence support groups, and crisis intervention.
Programs & Services
The faces of Howard Area Community Center are as vital and varied as the community we serve. We are continually evolving programs and services in response to the ever-changing needs of family, friends and neighbors here at home. From the birth of a baby to the passing of an elder, HACC assists individuals and families in the tradition of helping people help themselves. Be it immediate help in these economically challenging times, support during a crisis, a chance to connect, compassionate guidance for an ongoing problem or the opportunity to help another human being, HACC is here for you.
It’s Holiday Sharing Time!
For over forty years, Howard Area Community Center has, through the help of volunteers and philanthropists, provided holiday baskets to needy families in Rogers Park through our Holiday Sharing Program. The Holiday Sharing Program brings local churches, schools, and other community volunteers together once a year to collect gifts and items that make the holidays perfect for families in Rogers Park struggling with poverty.
Since the early 1970s, the Holiday Sharing Program has brought warm clothes, basic necessities, and holiday gifts to Rogers Park children and their caregivers. This year, with your help, we will continue to fulfill HACC children’s wishes by distributing gifts and holiday meals during the month of December. For many families, the holiday basket that they receive from Howard Area Community Center is the only holiday cheer they will get. With 98% of our participants in poverty, holiday gifts help warm the season and send a profound message of hope.
How Does It Work?
HACC families contact HACC with their children’s holiday wishes and our dedicated team of community volunteers and staff match those wish lists with volunteer Holiday Basket Makers who then purchase gifts and commodities. Families are often hesitant to ask for anything because most of them feeling that the meals our Food Pantry provides during the year are gift enough. Typically, HACC family wish lists contain requests for things like children’s gifts, warm clothing, toiletries, bedding, and household goods. The program’s impact continues to be incredibly uplifting for our clients. One of our clients living with HIV shared with us that: The baskets showed care and love, and had things like new toys for my children and blankets and quilts, which I wouldn’t have been able to purchase for my family. These treasures brought me to tears.
Over 1,000 HACC families have registered to receive holiday baskets this year and it is sure to be a memorable event for everyone involved!
Howard Area Community Center is so grateful for our generous and diverse holiday basket groups which include individuals and families who make HACC Holiday Baskets as part of their family’s holiday tradition, circles of friends who bring basket items to their annual holiday parties, church sponsors, service groups, and our generous corporate partners to name a few.
Should you wish to volunteer, host a non-perishable food drive, donate children’s gifts or contribute financially specifically towards the Holiday Sharing Program, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator Donna Lagacy at (773) 262-6622 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you so very much for joining us in brightening the holidays of our families! Every little bit counts and that’s why this program is so important.
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