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Non-Profit Spotlight: Primo Center for Women and Children

Thu, Mar 1, 2012


Mission:
The mission of the Primo Center for Women and Children is to empower women and children to become productive, responsible and independent members of their communities.

The Primo Center accomplishes this by:
– Providing transitional housing, counseling and support services to homeless women and their children in a 120-day transitional shelter. Located on the West Side of Chicago, the center provides year-round shelter, meals and support to families as they work toward achieving goals of permanent housing and self-sufficiency. Primo Center’s goal is to end homelessness, one family at a time.

– Supporting mothers in their education and training efforts to find and retain employment. The Primo Center has many relationships offering support to their families. One in particular is the partnership created with the Junior League of Chicago. Junior League volunteers visit the Primo Center once a month to offer guidance and training to the moms in the computer center. League volunteers teach the moms computer skills, how to build a resume, search for a job and teach the moms how important a healthy lifestyle is for their families.

– Strengthening families by assisting mothers in improving their parenting skills and delivering all programs and services in an atmosphere of spirituality and mutual respect. The Primo Center is located in a house with a church next door used for the after-school program. The house includes a kitchen, living room and dining room, five bedrooms, two computer rooms plus three bathrooms.

There is a maximum of 23 individuals at any one time in a combination of moms and children.

Right Reverend Quintin E. Primo, Jr.

Primo Center History
In its 28th year of operation, The Primo Center for Women and Children is named in honor of the late Right Reverend Quintin E. Primo, Jr. Bishop Primo was first to serve in many areas: the first president of the National Union of Black Episcopalians; the first black bishop of Chicago; the first bishop to ordain women priests in that diocese; and the first black Episcopal bishop in the Diocese of Delaware.

Volunteer
Those interested in volunteering can find out their options by visiting their website at http://www.primocenter.org or call (773) 722-1334.

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