Seniors Thanksgiving Dinner
South Chicago Senior Housing held their Thanksgiving luncheon in the SALUD Center Gym. 30 senior residents attended the socially distant event. Chicken and turkey lunches were ordered from Roma’s Restaurant in South Chicago. The luncheon was the first senior gathering since COVID-19 restrictions.
Last year, Senior Social Services Coordinator Wendy Steward handed residents Thanksgiving meals. The seniors did not gather because of COVID-19. “This is a more festive mood. They get to sit and talk with their friends. I think they miss socializing,” said Wendy. A group of senior resident volunteers decorated the gym.
Villa Guadalupe senior residents were also provided with Thanksgiving lunches. “The seniors were grateful that we thought about them,” said Social Services Coordinator Jessica Cortez.
Villa Guadalupe Senior Services had their annual vaccination clinic provided through City of Chicago. This year both the flu shot and COVID-19 vaccines were offered to those five years and up. Incentives of $50 gift cards were offered.
“You are Beautiful” Signs at Pocket Park and Peoples Park
In partnership with United Way of Metro Chicago, two “You Are Beautiful” signs were installed at South Chicago Peoples Park and Pocket Park. “Since the civil unrest, a lot of areas in Chicago took a very big hit. The art work is supposed to bring motivation to the community in their time of injustice, trauma, and everything else they are experiencing during the pandemic, said Program Manager Tiarra Owens.
The “You Are Beautiful” project started off as a sticker in 2002 to provide in encouragement. The sticker evolved into installations and murals. “It brings color to the neighborhood and inspiration to see art around.” Matthew Hoffman the designer of the installations, came to South Chicago to install the pieces. The installations are made out of aluminum and are weather and water proof. If the installations are damaged, they will come out to repair them.
CP4P Thanksgiving Meals
The Communities 4 Partnering Peace (CP4P) held their annual their annual Thanksgiving warm meal distribution. CP4P outreach workers distributed Thanksgiving meals in the South Chicago, South Shore, South Deering neighborhoods. “Some people might not have families to share a meal with them. Being able to provide meals helps them out,” said CP4P Program Manager April Morris. The team distributed 75 meals in each neighborhood.
Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)
The City of Chicago has reopened the emergency rental assistance application. Claretian Associates is a ERAP Hub and is assisting with the rental assistance applications December 6-18, from 9am-7pm.
Food Emergency Rental Assistance
Claretian Associates is offering emergency food assistance with gift cards for groceries from ALDI, Pete's Fresh Market, and Jewel Osco to eligible households. Please see flier for more eligibility requirements or contact Yessica Pineda at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
SALUD Center Rental Space
The SALUD Center has different available spaces to rent for events. Please see flier for more details or check out our SALUD Center webpage here. If interested contact Tevonne Ellis at email@example.com
First Mental Health Training
The South Chicago Neighborhood Network this having a First Aid Mental Health Training on December 16 at the SALUD Center at 9am- 4pm. Register here.
Claretian Associates is hiring for a Part-time Youth Coordinator and Safe Passage Watchers. For more information see descriptions here.