New Life Centers
When covid-19 hit, New Life Centers quickly moved their mentoring and education programs to mobile mode and expanded their food delivery service to hundreds of families a week, many of whom are out of work, , elderly and high risk – all made even more dire for the undocumented who are ineligible for any . But some of their services were so vital that not even a global pandemic could disrupt them, like violence intervention on the streets of Humboldt Park and Little Village where the coronavirus isn’t the only threat to life. New Life Centers’ outreach workers have remained on the front lines, quickly responding to incidents of violence and working around the clock to stop the next shooting.
Working with the city and other agencies to widen the safety net, New Life Centers is also focusing on those who are most alone during this crisis. To make sure no young person feels forgotten, New Life Centers organized a letter writing campaign to incarcerated youth who are facing the brunt of this crisis alone with all visits suspended. By continuing to provide emergency relief to families in need without leaving behind the most vulnerable, New Life Centers is proving why community organizations — with their clear understanding of what’s needed and earned trust — are some of the most critical front line responders in this crisis.
How to help:
Support the Stronger Together Response Fund to help New Life Centers deliver emergency provisions to families in need → here
Or, you can donate to Strides (100% will go to helping organizations on the frontlines of gun violence and COVID-19) or any one of these nonprofits doing great work in Chicago.