Overcoming Poverty


Julio Paz, Chicago Commons


Oct 23, 2018

Julio Paz, Chief Development Officer at Chicago Commons, discusses the mission of Chicago Commons, the multi-generational approach Chicago Commons takes to serving its community, and the ways in which families and individuals can get involved. For 124 years, Chicago Commons has partnered with individuals, families and communities to overcome poverty, discrimination and isolation. Today, for Chicago Commons this includes providing high-quality early childhood education, family centered adult education and senior services to 3,000 people annually. For over 25 years, Chicago Commons has run award-winning schools using the Reggio Emilia approach to education. Since the 1980s, Chicago Commons has also grown to become one of Chicago’s largest non-profit providers of senior care. Along with these programs, Chicago Commons adopts a two-generational approach to education, where they work with parents and family members of the children at their four early education schools to help parents set and achieve goals towards financial stability and overall wellness. Chicago Commons is currently gearing up for their large annual fundraising event, Pour Out Your Heart For Commons, and they are recruiting students for the new school year.

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