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La Casa Norte

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Employment Preparation & Procurement, Homeless & Housing, Homeless Centers, Homeless Shelters, Housing Support, Human Services, Job Training

Mission: The mission of La Casa Norte is to serve youth and families confronting homelessness. We provide access to stable housing and deliver comprehensive services that act as a catalyst to transform lives and communities.

Results: In our first 10 years, we have helped more than 20,000 homeless and at-risk individuals in more than 43 neighborhoods around Chicago.

Target demographics: serve youth and families experiencing homelessness

Geographic areas served: In Chicago

Programs: We provide housing and support services for at-risk and homeless youth and families. We provide scattered site permanent supportive housing for homeless youth and families. Clients live in private apartments located throughout the city. We offer many support services to accompany their needs. This includes life skills training, therapy, community building and the basic needs of food, clothing, and transportation. We also provide temporary housing for up to 16 homeless male youth at Solid Ground, Chicago’s first bilingual, male-intentional supportive housing program for homeless youth, ages 16-21. These youth have their own private room with shared common space, including a kitchen, dining room, community and workout room and computer lab. Solid Ground provides support services for life skill training, education, mentoring, employment services and therapy. Many of our youth and families need resources to accompany their transition from homelessness into housing with the goal of creating long-term stability. In addition to our services of life skills training, case management and therapy, we also provide the basic needs of food, clothing and transportation. We have an extensive network of collaborative human service organizations throughout the city, that we refer our clients to for services such as mental health, substance use treatment, medical healthcare, day care, legal and employment training. We offer homeless youth and families free bilingual and culturally sensitive case management, housing advocacy, and homeless prevention services. In addition, we provide community access to a computer lab, a clothing closet, food donations, phone and fax along with counseling and life-goal planning. Through the generosity of individual donors, La Casa Norte makes available gently used clothing for men, women and children of all ages. Casa Corazon is a homeless youth engagement program that works with youth who are experiencing homelessness and/or housing instability in Chicago. Casa Corazon offers outreach services coupled with a drop-in center and case management resources, to help move youth from the streets and into stable housing, employment and educational achievement.

Community Stories

55 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

La Casa Norte is committed to serving the unstably housed and their staff clearly work tirelessly to serve others.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

On June 24, I had the opportunity to walk in the pride parade with La Casa Norte and Bank of America. It was a great experience passing out information regardless to homelessness prevention and give out other resources for those experiencing or in the risk of homeless. Besides all the attractions it was great opportunity to keep the public informed with all the type of resources out there they can benefit from. I will definitely do it again!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

La Casa Norte works hard to provide resources for Chicago’s unstably housed population composed of dedicated and knowledgeable staff.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

For several years now I have brought a group of college students to La Casa Norte to learn about the organization, the important work they do and the people they serve, as well as to engage in service. Each year students have chosen to perform ongoing service work, whether helping out at one of La Casa Norte’s sites or conducting a drive for donated goods on campus. It is always great to return; Roberto, the volunteer coordinator, is a positive, motivating presence. The city is lucky to have an organization like La Casa Norte that is expanding services at a time when state budget issues have forced other organizations to make cuts in a time of increasing need. The commitment and creativity of the staff is impressive. The difference they make in the lives of their clients is inspiring.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

La Casa Norte is an excellent organization and the time I spend volunteering there is truly rewarding. La Casa Norte does a lot of great work, from organizing year-round drives to bringing the community together by hosting block parties, it's been a pleasure being part of a great team. La Casa Norte tirelessly works on their mission "to serve youth and families confronting homelessness...".

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered in La Casa Norte earlier this year and was truly inspired and impressed by the great effort they put and the services they provide. The people that work there are very passionate for what they are doing with high energy and lovely spirits. They welcome all types of volunteers and make sure they're comfortable and they also provide help and shelter to all types of people in a high quality matter.
My experience there was enlightening and I hope they keep up the amazing work they do.

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Former staff

Rating: 5

As a previous employee of LCN, I can say with authority that the work they do in the Chicago community is vital, much-needed, and executed with passion. Working alongside case managers and social workers who dedicated their lives to helping homeless youth and families was a true testament to the mission of LCN. Through their hard work and commitment to ending homelessness in Chicago, I saw numerous success stories of those who had found permanent housing, and a purpose for their lives with a new job and secure place for their family. Each year I stay in contact with LCN and give back because I know they are impacting so many lives, and will continue to do great work in the community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a huge fan of La Casa Norte. I have been volunteering with them and donating for over 10 years now. I believe in their cause and their unstoppable commitment to help youth, families, people at risk of being homeless and anyone in need. This in an important organization that has not only made a difference to individuals, but to entire families and to the community. I realize that I can make a difference and help others who are less fortunate in so many ways. La Casa Norte can facilitate how each individual can make a difference. You can donate money, your time or even your extra clothing or coats for people in need.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am always amazed and inspired by the level of commitment staff has for La Casa Norte's mission and clients. I am proud to volunteer at La Casa Norte.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

LaCasa Norte is a wonderful organization that helps youth, and I have fun volunteering here. The workers and other volunteers are friendly, funny, and extraordinary people. LaCasa Norte is doing a great thing for runaway or homeless youths, and I would highly recommend volunteering here or donating.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

La Casa Norte has always done incredible work. The organization is committed to help those in need. Reaching out to individuals and families and helping to place them where they need to be.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

La Casa Norte is an organization committed to breaking the cycle of homeless with a holistic, unique and inspiring approach. I've had the fortune to live just a block from this organization and see the tremendous impact their work has made on our neighborhood.

Adolfo H.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

La Casa Norte is an incredible institution committed to providing quality services to individuals and youth across the entire city. Every time I've met a young person or family that has been assisted by La Casa Norte, I'm overwhelmed with the generosity and care that staff provide. Wonderful place with committed leadership and staff at every level.

Donor

Rating: 5

La Casa Norte is more than a great service agency. It captures and embodies the spirit and potential of each and every one of its clients. Its staff and leadership inspires its donors and volunteers with the knowledge that they are making a real difference. It is a privilege to know their work and passion.

Victoria58

Board Member

Rating: 5

LCN touches the lives of the most vulnerable in the Chicagoland area and provides services and programs to those confronting homelessness.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

La Casa Norte is an organization that is full of passionate, engaged people who are working together towards a common goal, ending homelessness in Chicago. When you step through their doors you feel their dedication and that they truly care about what they are doing. This is a great organization. They are doing great work and have big goals for the future. I can't wait to see them accomplish them.

Former staff

Rating: 5

Hardworking, dedicated, and compassionate staff. Provides services that are overlooked in many parts of Chicago.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began volunteering at La Casa Norte in the Backyards neighborhood for a class on homelessness. The class was informative and insightful but my experiences at the shelter surpassed any learning in the classroom! The guests were welcoming as well as the staff! The staff are so friendly and easygoing! They truly create a professional yet family like environment. I was impressed how clean everything is kept and that each guest is provided a bed along with a storage bin to keep personal items safely inside. La Casa treats their guests and volunteers with respect and dignity and values people as individuals. I was will always cherish my time there and look back to volunteering again soon!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently joined La Casa Norte's Next Generation Board a few months ago after learning more about their mission to support at-risk youth and families in Chicago who are at risk or facing homelessness. The members of this organization are change-agents for good, and I have seen their commitment to this mission first hand. It is an exceptional organization to support and be a part of, and they are making a difference right here in Chicago every day.

Miguel3

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been on the Next Generation Board for almost a year; after a few years of attending events and doing volunteer work. It's truly been an honor to be a part of such a dedicated, passionate organization that has produced voluminous results in fighting homelessness in Chicago. Hearing first hand accounts from the youths and families that have been helped by LCN is definitely inspiring and of course inspires me to do what I can to help others who are in the same, or similar type of position. LCN has accomplished so much in the twelve years that they've been open, and there is no end of further accomplishment in the present and foreseeable future.