Issue: March 21 – March 27, 2012
Inside this issue:
San Jose Obrero Mission in Pilsen, a Latino homeless program and shelter that houses 40 men on any given night, is in danger of closing. They are fighting to continue serving their community in the midst of funding delays. Despite their struggle, Executive Director Israel Vargas is being proactive about preserving Chicago’s only Latino-focused interim housing.
“The men’s program lives day by day,” Vargas said. “If the state cuts the money that comes through the city, we will be on our way to shutting the door. There’s a big push for agencies to get a hold of [Gov. Pat] Quinn to tell him that any interruption of money could close us down. If we don’t get increased dollars from foundations and individual donors, any interruption of dollars from the city could float the agency through these funding crises has also decreased.”
Pick up a copy of this week’s StreetWise and find out how you can help keep San Jose Obrero Mission on its feet. If you would like to donate, please visit their website. On the right side of the main page, you’ll see a “make a donation” option.
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