In conjunction with our A Cappella en Español concerts, Chicago a cappella is honoring and partnering with four exceptional non-profit organizations, each serving the Latino/Spanish-speaking community surrounding one of our concert locations. Each organization will be honored on our concert stage and a representative will take a few minutes to educate our audience about the extraordinary work they do in their community.
Centro Romero is a community-based organization located in Rogers Park, serving the refugee immigrant population on the northeast side of Chicago and the surrounding suburban areas. Their mission is to provide opportunities for community residents through education, emphasizing the development of the whole family unit, the creation of community leadership and self-reliance. Their interrelated programs include Youth Learning and Leadership Development, Women’s Empowerment Projects, Adult Education, HIV/AIDS Outreach and Education, and Legal Services.
Corazon Community Services is a Cicero-based organization seeking to improve the quality of life for families, children and youth through holistic social services offered in a culturally sensitive environment. They offer local residents a comprehensive set of programs, focusing on Prevention, Intervention, Education and Health, in a ‘settlement house’ style using a bilingual/bicultural approach.
Latinos Progresando is a well-established and highly-effective community organization located in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood, the largest Mexican community in the Midwest. Their mission is to serve immigrants with the highest quality, low-cost legal immigration services, community education and engagement, and advocacy/organizing around policy that affects immigrants. Executive Director Luis Gutierrez is a dedicated community leader, and has been extremely helpful and generous with his time and resources helping CAC staff establish relationships within Chicago’s Mexican-American community.
Family Focus Aurora is one of seven Family Focus direct service centers throughout the Chicago area. The Aurora center is helmed by Gonzalo Arroyo, a leader in the west suburban Latino community for almost two decades. Their mission is to assist families in low-income, immigrant communities in giving their children the best possible start in life through customized classes, support groups and referral services in a warm, caring environment.