New Resident Service Coordinator
Claretian Associates welcomes Jennifer Turner as the new Resident Services Coordinator. Jennifer’s office will be at Villa Guadalupe Senior Services, but she will be serving all residents. “I hope to bring a new outlook on life. Give them something to look forward to everyday,” said Jennifer. She would like to start hosting activities for the residents.
Jennifer previously worked at a nursing home on the North Side, she was the liaison to the activities director. At Villa Guadalupe, Jennifer is implementing floor captains. “I’m trying to get the residents more involved to figure out what activities they want,” said Jennifer. The floor captains will help get residents to be active. On Mondays and Fridays, Jennifer has brought back chair exercise, which was put on hold because of COVID-19. Once more resident's signup to be floor captains, Jennifer would like to start movie nights, gardening, and more. Jennifer will eventually branch out to Casa Kirk the multifamily apartments and begin activities there as well.
Youth Summer Jobs
There is still time to apply for Claretian Associates youth summer programming!
Youth will be employed for six weeks by One Summer Chicago SYEP, Tech Corps, and will be paid minimum wage. “This summer I’m really excited because we have never done SYEP. This is our first year being able to provide employment for youth ages 16 and older,” said Program Manager Tiarra Owens. Youth will learn new skills for building websites and can possibly turn them into entrepreneurship skills.
Tech Corps programming will happen at the SALUD Center in the innovation lab. Thrive Chicago provided the laptops youth will be utilizing this summer. “I’m also excited because we are collaborating with Google,” said Tiarra.
UNITY Squad participants ages 14- 15 will earn a stipend during the six-week program. Through the partnership of Advocate Aurora Health, Tiarra would like to have the doctors who participated in the South Chicago Neighborhood Network Health and Wellness to be mentors for the UNITY Squad participates this summer.
Youth will earn skills to prepare them for future employment. “By the time they are 16 years old they will know about going to a job interview, speaking up, how to conduct and advocate for themselves,” said Tiarra. A former UNITY Squad member, David approached Tiarra for a school project, where he chose to interview a community leader. “When he interviewed me, he carries himself like a leader,” said Tiarra. Youth will learn leadership skills and much more to prepare them for their future. For more information on summer programming contact Tiarra at email@example.com .
Light in the Night
On June 1, Communities Partnering for Peace (CP4P), Light in the Night events have resumed. Each week this month, three Light in the Night Events will be held in the South Chicago, South Shore, and South Deering neighborhoods. Music, games, and warm meals will be provided and outreach workers will have resources.
Light in the Night events were modeled from Los Angeles, California, creating safe spaces for community members to enjoy their neighborhoods and coexist with the street guys. “We are trying to take a hotspot, a place which is known for violence, and turn it into a space where community members can enjoy it,” said Director of Safety Programs Sam Castro.
Food will be provided at the Light in the Nights, such as hamburgers and hotdogs, but also warm meals will be given. “We don’t know if at home community members receive a hot meal. We’re making sure community members get hot meals as well,” said Sam. Local businesses will be catering the warm meals. Local community organizations also will have tables with resources.
PlayStreets’ first event will be June 14 at Douglas Taylor Elementary from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. The PlayStreets event will be on 99th and Avenue J, and the street will be blocked for children to enjoy food, games, music, and resource vendors will be provided. For more information contact Safe Passage Program Manager Mustafa Suliman at firstname.lastname@example.org. The next PlayStreets event will be on June 20 at 91st and Houston.
Hoops in the Hood
Registration for Hoops in the Hood begins June 9. Look at our website calendar for an online registration link. Claretian Associates will have a basketball camp July 14 - August 4, from 10am- 1pm on Wednesday and Thursdays at the SALUD Center for youth ages 11- 15. “We are inviting the neighborhood children. It will be a developmental/summer camp,” said Safe Passage Program Manager Mustafa Suliman.
Youth will arrive at the SALUD Center and begin an hour of basketball drills and skills. Afterwards youth will break for a snack. For the remainder of the day, youth will be put into groups and play games. There will be five groups of five and each group will play against each other. It is not necessary for youth to know how to play basketball.
Darrell Banks, a well know trainer and coach in the Chicago basketball community, will be coaching the basketball camp. “I’m excited to provide this opportunity to kids, to be off the street, out of the heat, and in a safe environment,” said Mustafa. For more information on Hoops in the Hood contact Mustafa at email@example.com.
Social Services Coordinator Wendy Steward and new Resident Service Coordinator Jennifer Turner will be preparing for Father’s Day luncheons at the SALUD Center and Villa Guadalupe Senior Services. Wendy is also searching for a first-year social work or psychology intern. If interested, contact Wendy at firstname.lastname@example.org
Claretian Associates is planning on conducting a series of focus groups for the acquired piece of land, 3200 East 92nd Street, to have further community input on the development of it. Stay tuned for future dates.
Construction improvements are in progress for the Peloton exercise equipment.