To improve the quality of life by empowering community members to become self-sufficient through workforce development, education initiatives, wellness and leadership expansion services.


To create a safe environment where participants become empowered and positively engaged through a holistic service approach while incorporating partnerships to attain the ultimate goals of leadership, education, and employment.

Mission: To deliver health and hope for Chicago's underserved communities. 

Esperanza provides bilingual, high quality primary care, behavioral health and wellness services to the community, regardless of immigration status, insurance status, or ability to pay. Our five sites in Brighton Park, Gage Park, Little Village, Marquette Park, and South Lawndale deliver care to over 35,000 patients each year from communities across the Southwest Side.

In 2019, we opened our health center in Brighton Park to serve an additional 20,000 patients each year with high quality healthcare. In 2021, we welcomed Esperanza at VIDA Pediatrics, a thriving pediatrics practice in Gage Park, to our network of clinics that offers a full array of pediatric services exclusively.

Increase The Peace is an organization that develops young leaders and promotes peace through leadership development, community organizing, and advocating for solutions that tackle the root causes of violence. 

We've trained more than 300 young people in community organizing, we’ve organized dozens of actions to #IncreaseThePeace in our communities, and we’ve expanded our work after noticing the gaps our elected officials continue to ignore in our communities. This includes violence prevention, youth development, food access, mutual aid, as well as efforts to promote black and brown unity. We currently have six active #IncreaseThePeace chapters in Back of the Yards, Brighton Park, Chicago Lawn, Gage Park, Little Village, and Pilsen.

Midwest Asian Health Association (MAHA)’s mission is to reduce health disparities for medically underserved, low-income populations in the Midwest through providing culturally sensitive and linguistically appropriate services, which include community outreach education, screening and immunization, linkage to care, mental health services, and research and policy advocacy. To serve its mission, MAHA collaborates with community-based organizations, health care providers, academic institutions, public health departments, and volunteers.

PODER empowers individuals with the necessary academic tools to promote human dignity, increase employment potential, and facilitate participation in the larger community.


Since 1997, PODER’s objective has been to empower Spanish-speaking adult immigrants to create successful and fulfilling new lives in the United States. Through a deep commitment to the needs of the immigrant communities on Chicago’s southwest side, PODER provides critical societal and workforce integration services with both immediate and long-term impact for families, communities, and employers throughout the City of Chicago.

We provide an open forum for southwest side residents to voice their concerns; hear new perspectives from their neighbors; learn about existing public resources; and launch economic, educational, and recreational initiatives that bring our siloed communities together. 

The Southwest Organizing Project’s (SWOP) mission is to build a broad-based organization of Christian, Muslim and Jewish faith institutions, local schools and other institutions in Southwest Chicago, which will enable families to exercise common values, determine their own future and connect with each other to improve life in their neighborhoods. To this end, leaders of SWOP have dedicated themselves to building relationships across racial, ethnic, generational and faith differences and to bringing the common concerns of their institutions into the public life of the community as they develop the capacity to act collectively and “stand for the whole.”

At The Resurrection Project, we believe that social change starts at the community level. When individuals feel safe and secure, they are more likely to invest in their community, making it a better place for all. We support this development by providing services that stabilize and protect families, by helping them acquire assets and improve their financial health, and by mobilizing them to advocate for long-lasting, positive change.