October 19, 2012
I work with the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, and do regular outreach with the residents at San Jose Obrero Mission's two sites: Women and Families in Crisis, and Men in Crisis. SJOM staff gives hope to men, women and children who are experiencing homelessness by providing them with high-quality services, safe facilities, and opportunities and motivation for personal and career growth. The staff really cares, and often goes above and beyond what they have to, for example, organizing special events on their own time for clients to attend and to raise money for SJOM. SJOM is open to people from all backgrounds, but is particularly capable at serving Latino clients, and is a pillar in the Pilsen and La Villita communities. A story I often hear from clients is this: "I have been in Pilsen for 20 years. I always knew this place was here, but never thought I would become homeless. Now that I am in this situation, I am so thankful for San Jose Obrero Mission. Without them I would be sleeping in the street. Because of them, I got a job, am saving money, and am getting ready to move into my own place."
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