The Illinois Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (I-NOMA) has chosen the SALUD Center Teen Drop in Space for their Design Build program. The program allows teens to actively design and build a space, and interact with professionals from the architectural world. “We are ecstatic to partner with I-NOMA to allow our community’s youth to design and be invested in their own Drop-in Center. Having an architectural background, I think it’s important for our kids to be able to design their own world.” said Angela Hurlock, Claretian Associates Executive Director.
Youth will design the entire Drop-in Center from color to furniture choices. I-NOMA will oversee the eight-week project. Development Project Coordinator Cory Davis believes this is a great opportunity because “it allows youth to design a space that teens want to utilize. It’s a way for Claretian to provide space for youth to have an interactive learning experience. It will help youth decide if design and architecture are for them.”
Youth have already started the program virtually and will visit the SALUD Center every other week.
Governor Pritzker Visits South Chicago
On September 29, 2021, Governor Pritzker visited South Chicago to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. Angela Hurlock, Claretian Associates Executive Director and Chairperson of Special Service Area 5 accompanied the governor and other elected officials to visit South Chicago businesses along Commercial Avenue.
South Chicago Neighborhood Network Informed Symposium
The fourth annual South Chicago Neighborhood Network Symposium, “Breaking the Cycle of Victimization: Dispelling the Myths of Trauma" is currently taking place virtually. The symposium is a four-day (October 4-7) virtual series with keynote speaker Vaughn Bryant Executive Director of Metropolitan Peace Initiative. Each day of the symposium is being recorded and will be made available.
Family Tech Day
Family Tech Day is October 9, 10 a.m. in the SALUD Center in the gym. Tech Day is a family event with robotics, virtual reality, and other technology activities. It will be hosted by Tech Corps, a Computer Science nonprofit in Ohio that develops science and technology programs for K-12 grades.
Tech Day is geared towards South Chicago third through eighth graders and their families. SALUD Center Manager Ronnie Chester hopes to introduce youth and their parents to tech programming in the Innovation Lab at the SALUD Center. “We hope to expose more youth in the community to the possibilities available with technology.” said Ronnie. He hopes this pilot program can turn into programming for the winter.
South Chicago Senior Housing at the SALUD Center, now has a multi-purpose and gym room for seniors to play bingo and exercise. In a recent survey, seniors had requested more activities.
As a result of the questionnaire for our building partner POAH (Preservation of Affordable Housing), “We went ahead and restarted bingo. The seniors take their bingo very seriously,” said Wendy Steward, Senior Social Services Coordinator. A resident brought Wendy a senior-friendly bingo game, with larger print. Soon bingo will begin in the multi-purpose room of senior housing.
On September 19 our Communities Partnering 4 Peace (CP4P) team participated in an event in South Shore, at the South Merrill Community Garden. On Saturdays, South Shore community members, clean their garden. The CP4P South Shore team engaged with potential participants and distributed PPE.
South Chicago Food and Resource Network
The South Chicago Food and Resource Network, had their September meeting at the South Chicago Urban Growers Collective Farm on 9000 S Mackinaw Ave. The network received a tour of the farm, learned how to grow their own gardens and a participant won a water diffuser.
The South Chicago Food and Resource Network supports local and surrounding communities, food pantries and other organizations, improving nutrition in the community. The network is a collective of food pantries and other organizations that are interested in improving food security and resources in the area. The network is speared by Claretian Associates, Shirley Boreless from and Vanessa Molina from Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish Food Pantry. The network would like to expand to a health initiative in the near future.
Safe Passage Hiring
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SALUD Center Activities
The SALUD Center will be starting Tot Gym Class and Basketball Open Gym mid October. For more information contact SAULD Center Manager Ronnie Chester at email@example.com