Community Holiday Party Beneficiary Spotlight: Howard Area Community Center
Howard Area Community Center
For 45 years, the Howard Area Community Center has provided an invaluable service to the Rogers Park Community, and continues to carry out its mission to assist low-income individuals and families in and near Rogers Park to stabilize their lives and develop the skills necessary to become productive community members. In 1967, The Howard Area Community Center (HACC) was established in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood as an outreach initiative of St. Jerome‘s Church. Its primary mission was to provide for the emergency needs of local residents by serving as a distribution center for food and clothing. Since this time, the organization has grown to include 5 different core programs at seven locations in Rogers Park, serving people of all ages. HACC’s Five Core programs include Early Childhood, Adult Education & Employment, Youth Services, the Howard Area Howard Area Leadership Academy, and Health and Human Services.
HACC’s Early Childhood program Top of Form Bottom of Form offers year-round on-site care and education to 116 children at our NAEYC-accredited Sheila Reynolds Berner Family Center, as well as Family Support Workers who support and educate expecting parents and families with young children. Through the Adult Education & Employment program, HACC assists over 500 adults annually to improve their basic literacy skills and workforce readiness, and provides over 3,000 additional visitors with access to a computer lab with internet access to search and apply for jobs. HACC also offers a variety services centered on serving the youth members of Rogers Park community. These services include academic and enrichment activities for more than 350 youth in the Rogers Park area through a combination of school-based and community-based programs. In addition, HACC also houses the Howard Area Leadership Academy, a Youth Connection Charter School, which gives 120 youth ages 16-21 a second chance to earn a high school diploma, prepare for college, and gain the skills they need to enter the workforce.
Lastly, HACC helps clients achieve stability in housing, health and safety. HACC’s Dental Clinic is one of the few in Chicago serving un-insured children and patients with HIV/AIDS. In addition, HACC’s Health and Human Services program provides its clients with emergency assistance with rent and utilities, access to their Food Pantry, as well as counseling and support groups for women and children who are survivors of domestic violence. As the Holiday Season presents an even greater challenge for those in need, please support Howard Area Community Center as a beneficiary of our Community Holiday Party’s canned food drive.
For more information on Howard Area Community Center, visit: http://howardarea.org/