Register today! New food pantry volunteer orientation on April 17th or 19th

REGISTER TODAY! Sign up on the Facebook event or email Maxine Bailey at volunteers@howardarea.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 [...]

Register today! New food pantry volunteer orientation on April 17th or 19th2018-04-02T14:10:19-05:00

Women’s group donates purses stocked with survival goods for DV survivors

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 [...]

Women’s group donates purses stocked with survival goods for DV survivors2018-04-06T13:30:32-05:00

Why Education Matters by Antonio, adult ed student

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 [...]

Why Education Matters by Antonio, adult ed student2018-02-13T10:27:07-06:00

Get inspired! Poems by adult ed students

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 [...]

Get inspired! Poems by adult ed students2018-04-06T13:31:46-05:00

You can get into college, but staying in college is a different game

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 [...]

You can get into college, but staying in college is a different game2018-04-06T13:32:16-05:00

For people with HIV/AIDS in Chicago, HACC services save lives

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 [...]

For people with HIV/AIDS in Chicago, HACC services save lives2018-04-06T13:33:00-05:00

Tammie found a home for her children & work after her addiction

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 [...]

Tammie found a home for her children & work after her addiction2018-04-06T13:33:25-05:00

Practical math! Adult ed tutor & student work on math for a job in jewelry

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 [...]

Practical math! Adult ed tutor & student work on math for a job in jewelry2018-04-06T13:33:55-05:00

Parent perspective: Reyna says “I am grateful not only as a mother but as a former student”!

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 [...]

Parent perspective: Reyna says “I am grateful not only as a mother but as a former student”!2017-09-08T16:19:06-05:00