Group Honored for Helping Homeless Chicago Youth

July 14, 2012

Its slogan is “More than housing . . . hope.”

It’s the housing and the hope this non-profit organization provides to Chicago’s youth that is earning attention and accolades from the biggest American house of all.

logoThis week, Chicago-based La Casa Norte (LCN) was honored at the White House for the agency’s commitment to helping homeless youth.

In July 2002, a small group of people came together to form LCN in the Humboldt Park neighborhood with a promise to provide hope for Chicago’s homeless youth and families. Over the last 10 years, the group has been transforming lives and communities through access to stable housing and by providing job training, clothing, counseling, food and outreach.

LCN founding member, Keith Decker, and executive director, Sol A. Flores, accepted the “Champions of Change: Ending Child and Youth Homelessness” award in Washington on Thursday.

“I am thrilled to be honored by President Obama and the White House for our work with homeless youth and I share this award along-side our incredible board, staff, donors and volunteers,” said Flores.

“The timing is especially touching as we enter our 10th year of service, helping more than 20,000 homeless families, single parents, victims of domestic violence and abandoned youth since opening our doors July of 2002. However, with the current economy, the need for our services is even greater, as we find most of our programs with a waiting list. Today, we are just as determined to continue our fight against homelessness as we were in 2002.”

For more information, and to find out how you can help, visit lacasanorte.org.

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