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1st May, 2017

You are helping Adeola become a nurse and support her family!

Adeola, or “Addy” as her patients call her, immigrated to America from Nigeria with the dream of helping sick people become healthy. After working with the HACC Employment Resource Center, Adeola received tuition aid for nursing school and mentorship through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. It covered $8,000 of her $16,000 tuition. As a [...]

1st May, 2017

The future king of late night

Shane, 21, is a young person in HACC’s Career Readiness Program and a self-proclaimed mixture of Ellen DeGeneres and Steve Harvey. He’s a comedian, a poet, and an aspiring YouTube talk show host. And in 2017, he landed an internship that will help him make his dreams come true! Shane came to HACC in the [...]

27th Apr, 2017

Adult ed is crucial for my success- GED students write to IL State Reps!

Students from HACC's Adult Education program have written over 50 letters to their state representatives to advocate for their own education and spread awareness of the need for free adult basic education in low-income and marginalized communities. They sent letters to: Governor Bruce Rauner, Senator Richard Durbin, Senator Tammy Duckworth, Representative Jan Schakowsky, and Representative Kelly Cassidy. Hear them [...]

13th Apr, 2017

From addiction to ambition: Anna found a new start at the CTA

Anna sought help at HACC’s Employment Resource Center and earned an internship with the CTA Second Chance Program. In 2016, she was offered a full-time job! As she nears her first year on the job, HACC celebrates her success. Anna lives with her elderly mother. Her full-time job as a bus cleaner at the CTA [...]

31st Mar, 2017

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary: A snapshot of the 1970s-80s

A snapshot of the 1970s-1980s HACC worked to improve the Jonquil Hotel, a run-down housing facility prone to crime in the 1970s. The neighborhood In the 1920s–1970s, Rogers Park saw an influx of people fleeing oppression, including African Americans from the South, and European, Vietnamese, and Latino/a immigrants. Rogers Park faced a housing crisis. [...]

1st Aug, 2016

Immigrant and refugee families took a field trip to the Chicago Botanic Garden to bond, learn, and play

  Angelica Andrade (pictured above), a GED class student, came with the HACC Family Literacy program to the Garden with her two children, Manuel (pictured above), 3, and Cristina, 8. They enjoyed every minute of it– from searching for dragonflies and lily pads to picnicking by the fountains. Yesenia Vargas, the Family Literacy Coordinator, said [...]

1st Aug, 2016

Rogers Park girls find solace at summer camp

When Girls Sports Club is in full swing, it’s no sweat building self-worth. “I feel like summer camp is different because in school we have to work and get no breaks and here we get to play, have fun, meet people, and be outside. So it’s just a great opportunity.” That’s Eniola, after playing basketball [...]