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 [...]
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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 [...]
Funding for adult education in Illinois is unstable, to say the least. Volunteer adult tutors are a lifeline for adults continuing their education. Just ask Toni (on the right), a budding jewelry designer, and her math tutor, Melanie Geyer. “I said 'My math stinks!'” Toni said, laughing. “But she [my tutor Melanie Geyer] was so [...]
My name is Reyna Terrell and I am a parent of a child transitioning to kindergarten from HACC's Sheila Reynolds Berner Family Center. After five and a half years of being in the program, my daughter and I are leaving the Family Center with so much gratitude and appreciation towards every person we have come across. My [...]
Susan is a refugee from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Like thousands before her, she fled the Second Congo War, a civil war that raged from 1998 until 2003. She was forced to abandon many family members and her livelihood, a prosperous corn and bean farm. Susan fled with her husband to a refugee camp [...]
Genesis, 20, and Michele, 22, are sisters who grew up in Howard Area Community Center programs. Their lives were filled with with homework help, field trips, summer camp, and more from birth through teenage years. Even their mother worked in the kitchen at the Family Center and volunteered throughout HACC. However, their lives changed dramatically after both Genesis and [...]
BUDGET CRISIS UPDATE: HACC fam– take action TODAY! Tomorrow is the last day of the special General Assembly session and fiscal year. If a budget doesn't pass, it will be our 3RD YEAR without a full budget. ESL students would lose classes, domestic violence survivors would lose life-saving support, youth will lose the safety of [...]
It's HACC's 50th anniversary– so let's celebrate! You're invited to the 50th Anniversary celebration this October! You have helped Rogers Park adults, families, children, and youth build better futures for themselves– earning GEDs, learning English, getting a job after incarceration, raising healthy children, and so much more. Let's honor the donors, participants, and staff that [...]