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La Casa Norte

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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.

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

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with this organization for about a year. Their comittment to the community and passion for serving clients is amazing. The organization is also efficient and creative in the way it delivers its services.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I joined the Next Generation Board after listening to leaders from LCN speak about the organization's mission at a work event. Working with LCN has been a wonderful experience so far, and it feels great to work with such an incredible group of entrepreneurial, compassionate, and driven individuals to pursue the mission of fighting homelessness.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been in touch with LCN over the last few years and I believe it more than exceeds my expectations. The level of service to a under served population in Humboldt Park is absolutely amazing. Originally, I became acquainted with LCN just to gain information, but soon became a member of the board when I realized the immense amount of amazing work they do for the community!

Board Member

Rating: 5

As someone who experienced homeless as a youth, I truly understand that importance of La Casa Norte work with Latino youth in Chicago in helping them to find and secure a permanent home. But more importantly, is that they teach and give the youth the skills and resources they need so that they won't find themselves homeless again. There are many orgainzations that help youth but there are few that really empower them to learn how to be successful on their own. La Casa Norte is one of those few organizations.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I learned about La Casa Norte from the dynamic executive director and other board members who are truly dedicated to this organization. It is an extraordinary anchor in Chicago's west side neighborhood and is providing critical services to those most in need of them. The organization deserves our time and resources for the impact it is having on hundreds of lives!

Liz_20

Board Member

Rating: 5

What has impressed me as a Board Member of La Casa Norte is the extent to which the people and the organization will extend itself to make a difference. Instead of just trying to work within the system, LCN employees actively try to help change the system to better serve their clients. They have a deep respect for those they serve, and reach out to those in need with full hearts.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been on the Board of La Casa Norte (LCN) for now almost two years but have known about their work since the beginning, ten years ago. What most amazes me about LCN work is how much they/us try to bring the mission to life! Whether at a Board meeting, fundraising event or working with staff or other volunteers on different projects, you always get this sense that its more than just about solving individual problems. It's about a greater purpose and the need to change how we as society understand, think and feel about homelessness in this country. I know, when I hear about what is being done and the impact it has not just on the families or individuals but on the systems then I feel a great sense hope for the future. Finally, when I talk with my friends and colleagues about LCN, I have sense of confidence and pride. Because I know the approach or strategies LCN uses are bringing about real change as they serve those families and individuals who are homeless and are hoping for a better future.

Judith16

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have served on the Board of Directors of La Casa Norte for five years. I am so impressed with the management team, the leadership, vision, compassion, and truly wonderful people who work here.They are effectively working to combat homelessness. The programs they have developed are effective and appreciated by recipients who trust the staff. I have had several opportuniites to talk with clients of La Casa Norte. Each has described the life changing transitions that have occurred because of help they received from staff at La Casa Norte. I have watched Sol Flores, the Executive Director take the vision for a vibrant organization and make it become a reality. For the past ten years she has selected and prepared staff whose energy is focused on preventing the trauma of homelessness. I am in awe of this organization and the accomplishments that have occurred. We have a very committed Board of Directors. I cannot think of a better organization!