Jobless, Two Kids, and No Place to Turn

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Seven years ago, Michelle Luckett was jobless with two young children. Facing homelessness one night, and desperate for a place to sleep, she knocked on the door at…

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Divine Dancing

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Ecclesiastes speaks of “a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.” For siblings Tiara and DiShawn Currin, any…

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I Was Just Numb

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

As a young teen, Angie was tired of moving from shelter to shelter with her family. So she ran away and lived on the streets. A man offered…

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Spring: From Darkness to Light

Monday, February 24, 2014

A personal word from Lt. Colonel Ralph Bukiewicz, Division Commander. There’s no better metaphor for new life than the transition of winter into spring. I love the way…

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She Got a Head Start…

Monday, February 24, 2014

Wanda Stevenson was just 15 in 1970 when she did an internship with Head Start, working with preschoolers, as part of her high school graduation requirement. More than…

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I Still Had Hopes and Dreams

Monday, February 24, 2014

When I got pregnant at the age of 17, I knew my future just got more difficult. My baby’s father wasn’t in the picture, but I still had…

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Summer Camp is the Best!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Before long, summer vacation will be here. And thanks to you, that means two very important words for many Chicago-area children: SUMMER CAMP! Just ask Brianna (11), Arianna…

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How to Keep Your Grandson off the Streets

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Eighty-five-year-old Vera Nelson has seen many changes on Chicago’s South Side over the decades. One of the first African-Americans to move into the West Pullman neighborhood in the…

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‘A Huge Relief for Me’

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Amber Laster hadn’t planned on motherhood at the age of 16. But when her son Jabari was born, she had no plans to quit school, either. Only 50…

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When You’re a Single Parent with Ten Kids . . .

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

As if life wasn’t hard enough for Tasha, a 35-year-old single mother of five. In a very short time, she had a devastating fall, was diagnosed with Type…

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