This is Erika Castillo Smith. She is a former Domestic Violence Legal Advocate at Howard Area Community Center who represented over 100 people struggling with domestic violence. About half of her clients were immigrant women, some of whom are dealing with possible deportation. The majority are low-income. “This program is very important because the system [...]
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In Rogers Park 20.1% - 35% of community members are food insecure, according to a 2016 Greater Chicago Food Depository statistic. And since 1967, Howard Area Community Center has been devoted to alleviating hunger. DONATE HERE! But recent proposals to cut and alter services provided by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for low-income people [...]
REGISTER TODAY! Sign up on the Facebook event or email Maxine Bailey at firstname.lastname@example.org to attend by April 12th! HACC relies on over 700 volunteers every year to help Rogers Park children and families receive life-saving services. One way that you can join our incredible volunteer crew is by coming to the Food Pantry Volunteer [...]
When domestic violence survivors came to Howard Area Community Center’s evening counseling group in Rogers Park last week, they were met with a joyful surprise– 80 colorful purses waiting for a home on their shoulder. One participant in the program, who is remaining anonymous due to safety concerns, said “It makes me feel happy that [...]
Antonio is a former HACC adult education student and current Harry S. Truman College student. He excelled in HACC's ESL and GED courses, and just won a prestigious scholarship from The Seabury Foundation. The scholarship can be applied to tuition, books, transportation and day care (if needed). This is Antonio's compelling application letter that HACC turned [...]
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Howard Area Community Center is truly honored to present poems from students in HACC's adult education classes. Students in ESL and GED classes, who are from over 25 countries, reflected on themselves and their identities in the following simile poems. These poems were published in the 2017 Howard Line, an internal student publication featuring creative [...]
Promise Scholarship helps HACC’s low-income and immigrant youth with higher education The Promise Scholarship, funded by and in partnership with the incredible Caerus Foundation, provides financial support for higher education for low-income youth in HACC programs. The scholarship essentially covers tuition –$40,000 for a four-year college and $20,000 for a two-year college. But in [...]
In Chicago there are over 20,000 people living with HIV/AIDS. HACC’s services put Chicagoans on the path to preventing infection and living safely after being diagnosed. The center provides case management, comment education and free and/or low-cost dental clinic (Eleanor B. Westor Dental Clinic) for people diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. The dental clinic is a highly utilized resource [...]
In her youth, Tammie, 41, was abused by family members and boyfriends. Tammie looked to using drugs as an escape, but became addicted. It temporarily numbed her interpersonal pain, but left pain in its wake. “It was very hard to be anything- a friend, a daughter. I could only talk about my addiction. It was [...]