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Last Friday, Claretian Associates’ own April Morris was awarded by the South Chicago Chamber of Commerce for Citizen of the Year. This award was given in honor of her service and dedication to the South Chicago community through Claretian Associates’ Safe Passages Program. April is the Safe Passage’s Team Leader for Bowen and Corliss High Schools and Burnham Elementary. She is responsible for building relationships and having open communication with school administrations and Safe Passage communities. She has been working with the program for the last four years.

April is also known for working the last two summers for the After School Matters Summer Camp and the food program to ensure that local kids are able to access nutritious food while school is out. She has also volunteered her time and talent in the summer to keep children safe and healthy through the “PlayStreets” and “Hoops in the Hood” programs.

Upon receiving the award, April mentions that she was very excited and honored to be nominated and among such important people within the community. Moreover, she was thrilled to be honored in front of her grammar school and high school teachers from when she attended Thorpe Elementary School and Bowen High School.

We could not be more proud of April and all she has accomplished within the organization and ultimately the South Chicago community! Congratulations! 


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Since 1991, Claretian Associates has developed over 130 affordable houses and apartments in South Chicago, a community with a rich history and a strong future. Claretian Associates builds community within the culturally diverse neighborhood of South Chicago by working with community leaders, residents and organizations to provide affordable housing and related services for low-and-moderate income people, build resident-based leadership, and serve as a catalyst in creating innovative solutions to improve the quality of life.