Local Nonprofit Being Honored by White House


Jul 12, 2012, 15:10 ET from La Casa Norte

CHICAGO, July 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --The burden of homelessness has a way of stripping away hope.  Ten years ago, a small group of people with tremendous energy and compassion came together to form La Casa Norte (LCN), making a promise to provide hope for Chicago's homeless youth and families.  Today, the organization along with founding member, Keith Decker, and executive director, Sol A. Flores, will be honored at the White House for their leadership and commitment to homeless youth.  LCN will receive the "Champions of Change: Ending Child and Youth Homelessness" award.  On that same day, the organization will celebrate a milestone, with 130 guests, Alderman Maldonado, Cook County Commissioner Edwin Reyes and Governor Quinn's representative, Billy Ocasio of the Illinois Housing Development Authority, at the Humboldt Park Boathouse, from 6 to 8 p.m.

"Today, La Casa Norte continues to reshape the physical infrastructure of the Humboldt Park neighborhood and rebuild broken lives to foster hope, stable homes, and healthy communities," said Alderman Maldonado of the 26th Ward.

"I am thrilled to be honored by President Obama and the White House for our work with homeless youth and I share this award along-side our incredible board, staff, donors and volunteers," said Flores.  "The timing is especially touching as we enter our 10th year of service, helping more than 20,000 homeless families, single parents, victims of domestic violence and abandoned youth since opening our doors July of 2002.  However, with the current economy, the need for our services is even greater, as we find most of our programs with a waiting list.  Today, we are just as determined to continue our fight against homelessness as we were in 2002."

About La Casa Norte:

Since July 2002, LCN has been dedicated to serving youth and families confronting homelessness and to transforming lives and communities through access to stable housing and comprehensive services that includes,  job training, clothing, counseling, food and outreach.  LCN dreams of a world where all people have dignity, communities thrive and everyone belongs.  LCN has been awarded the Fannie Mae Maxwell Award of Excellence for being an innovative homeless service provider among dozens of other local and national awards for quality and innovation.  For more information please visit our website at: www.lacasanorte.org

SOURCE La Casa Norte