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San Jose Obrero Mission Helping Homeless One Person at a Time

Audio Slideshow: Visit the mission and hear the stories of those staying there.

By Fatimah Salami and Amber Tweedie

After being turned away from several homeless shelters for not fitting their criteria, 20-year-old Alex Samuelson sought out one more place where he hoped to temporarily call home, San Jose Obrero Mission.

San Jose Obrero is a Latino male homeless shelter in East Pilsen that finally gave Alex a place to lay his head and opportunities to rebuild his life.

“Everybody is equal here,” said Samuelson. “We’re all in the same boat. Just because you speak one language or both languages or just because you’re one color it doesn’t matter here. We’re all brothers here.”

San Jose Obrero began as an organization by Friar David Staszak in 1981 as a way to fight homelessness in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood.

Interactive Map: For locations of San jose Obrero missions in Chicago, visit this map

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Pilsen Parish Finds Culture Integration Difficult

By Ewa Lyczewska and Jill Jacoby 

 

Father Jim Collins, an associate Jesuit priest at St. Procopius Parish, finds integration of two churches “hard.” (Photo by Ewa Lyczewska)

“It is hard to integrate two churches … and nobody is successful at that in five years,” said Father Jim Collins, an associate Jesuit priest at St. Procopius Parish.

Located in Pilsen, a Lower West Side, Latino-dominated Chicago neighborhood, St. Procopius Parish consists of its title name church and Holy Trinity Croatian. St. Procopius Parish inherited a “dying” Holy Trinity Croatian in 2004, according to Collins.

Podcast: Father Jim discusses church integration issues. The song Lamb of God is featured throughout the podcast, first in English, then Croatian, Spanish, and once again in English.

St. Procopius Parish offers seven Sunday Masses: three at Holy Trinity Croatian and four at St. Procopius. Holy Trinity celebrates Masses in Croatian, English and Spanish while St. Procopius has three in Spanish and one in English.

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Pilsen’s Mexican-Americans Are Facing Challenges With Economy, Gaining U.S. Citizenship

Audio Slideshow: Chasing the American Dream

By Rima Thompson, Luz Garcia Cubillos and Sally Morrison

 

Dr. Jorge Partida, psychologist. (photo by Rima Thompson)

These are challenging times for Mexican-American immigrant communities, said Dr. Jorge Partida, psychologist and author of the book “The Promise of the Fifth Sun.” The impact of the economic downturn has devastated some Americans, but even more so in the Latino community.

Hopes of achieving the American dream are dwindling in the reality of immense job loss and home foreclosures, due to the sub-prime lending crisis. Disheartened and defeated by the uncertainty of the future, many have retreated to Mexico. Yet, despite the despair, inspiring stories of hope, resilience and survival are rising from the suffering.

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Chicago’s Englewood Neighborhood on the Rise

Audio Slideshow: Listen to Asiaha Butler and Englewood residents talk about what they’re doing in their community.

By Matt Bailey and Rashanah Baldwin

Frustrated with the lack of programs and outlets for youth in Englewood, lifelong neighborhood resident Asiaha Butler started working to change the impression of her neighborhood with a program that gives young people an opportunity to express themselves with words rather than gunfire.

Asiaha Butler 

Asiaha Butler begins the dialogue (Photo by Matt Bailey)

“I’m not an anti-violence activist. I’m a peace activist,” Butler said.

Beginning last April, she started a series of documentary screenings, in donated spaces, followed by open-floor debates of issues raised in the films, called, “So Fresh Saturdays: Docs and Dialogue.”

This monthly gathering of people between the ages of 12-20, provides an opportunity to have “a fun, safe and educational space, in the heart of a place that people call so violent,” Butler said.

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