Our case manager James Sims was awarded the Professionalism Award at the Metropolitan Peace Academy graduation. Sims was awarded because not only was he a Metropolitan Peace Academy student but also a college student, and Communities Partnering 4 Peace (CP4P) Case Manager. “I feel great because I was able to achieve something,” said Sims.
Metropolitan Peace Academy is an 18-week training program for professionals already in the field of outreach work. The program teaches multiple disciplines and best practices to outreach workers, so they can better implement violence prevention/intervention to Chicago neighborhoods.
Sims along with Marlon Buggs, Supervisor of CP4P, graduated from the academy. Former cohorts from the academy were also present for the graduation.
“It caught me off guard. I didn't know I was getting an award. Since it was a surprise it felt good,” said Sims. His family was also there for his achievement and Sims was proud he could share this experience with them. “They were proud to see this because they are there with me every day and got to see me accomplish one of my goals,” said Sims.
CP4P Case Manager James Sims awarded the Professionalism Award.
Claretian Associates Staff Left to Right: Director of Programs Tevonne Ellis, Safety Program Manager April Morris, CP4P Supervisor Marlon Buggs,Youth Coordinator Tiarra Owens, CP4P Case Manager James Sims, Program Coordinator for Safe Passage Michelle Thomas, Accounts Payable Lakeshia Winners.
CP4P Cohort 4 with their graduation certificates.
Thanks for making this year amazing!
We wanted to take a moment to let you know that because of your continued support we were able to achieve a great deal of accomplishments in 2019.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 19, 2019
Chicago, IL—When the Pritzker Traubert Foundation, asked community development organizations to imagine what could be accomplished with $10 million; Claretian Associates and its partners envisioned the strengthening of the South Chicago neighborhood.
On December 11, 2019, Claretian Associates and South Chicago was named one of the six finalists for the Chicago Prize of the Pritzker Traubert Foundation. As finalists, they will continue to work toward the $10 million Chicago Prize investment. The initiative titled, Working Together to Reinvigorate South Chicago, will receive $100,000 and technical assistance to continue developing their plans. South Chicago was a top finalist out of 80 proposals submitted to the Pritzker Traubert Foundation.
Project Team: Claretian Associates, Interfaith Housing Development Corporation, Special Service Area #5, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish/School, Pilgrim Baptist Church, NeighborSpace, Calumet Connect, 10th Ward Alderwoman Susan Garza
Building on the positive momentum created by ample community engagement sessions over the last decade, South Chicago is in the midst of creating a community focused project that will reinvigorate our neighborhood. The reminder of the economic devastation from the exodus of South Works in 1992, a once global provider of steel, is realized in every closed business and abandoned home. For too long, South Chicago has laid dormant as a forgotten community. Now we are taking action to create opportunities as we work to strengthen our diverse neighborhood. We will no longer accept decisions that are made at the expense of our assets. We will align ourselves with strategic priorities that champion our success.
Today, our plans will incorporate our local waterfront and business corridors connecting to Commercial Avenue, leveraging prime thoroughfares that embrace transit-oriented development and green technologies that make use of existing resources.
Projects such as a 78-unit affordable housing development with a quality grocery store, a redeveloped wellness center with a business incubator, two athletic facilities, a performing arts center and natural play space, and other developments, will make use of the nearby South Chicago Metra Line and six other CTA bus connections to re-ignite the area. We are creating a spark for our built environment, housing portfolio, and workforce development opportunities in 3-5 years, while bolstering in long-term sustainable efforts that vastly improve economic development and health outcomes.
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