2015 was the Claretian Initiative’s most successful year yet in terms of the funds we received to help at-risk young people in communities that routinely face gun violence, poverty, food insecurity, and lower educational achievement. Because of our donors’ support, we were able to offer safety, stability, skills development, support, and hope to countless young people. We are truly grateful and wanted to share some updates about the programs you helped in 2015.
Youth Programs and Casa Romero
The most consistently supported tCI program in 2015 was the After-School Program at Casa Romero in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood. Your timing couldn’t have been better. This program faced many challenges last year, as issues with the Illinois state budget cut off much of the funding that has helped keep Casa Romero open all these years. Donations to tCI helped make it possible for young people in this Chicago community to still have access to the program’s critical tutoring, mentoring, and life-skills services.
Students work on a science project at Casa Romero
The Kids Meal Program, which is housed in Casa Romero, also received support from tCI’s donors this last year. Making sure that no young person ever has to go to bed hungry not only improves their health but also their behavior and their ability to achieve in the classroom. A young student enjoys a meal from the Kids Meal Program Read more about Casa Romero and the Kids Meal Program at Holy Cross:
Little Ones Preschool
In 2015, the world’s attention was drawn to the significant challenges refugees face as they flee dangerous places in order to give their children the opportunity to learn and grow in a safe environment. Little Ones Preschool in Stone Mountain, Georgia, has long been a haven for young students from all over the world. Many children at Little Ones arrive in the United States without knowing English or much about the U.S. in general. The school’s amazing teachers not only offer these students high-quality early childhood education, ensuring they are on the right path for the future, but they also help them and their families find a sense of community at a time that can be very frightening. tCI donors offered much-needed financial support to the school and its students this past year. Students at Little Ones Preschool share a story Read more about Little Ones Preschool at Corpus Christi Parish:
These are just a couple of the programs you helped in 2015. Other programs at Our Lady of Fatima and at Our Lady of Guadalupe parishes also were strengthened in their programs for people in need thanks to your donations. As we look forward to 2016, we’re excited to have another record-breaking year in terms of the support we can build for these and all our programs. The biggest way you can help us grow in 2016 is by signing up to be a monthly recurring donor. A gift of as little as $10 a month can make a significant impact for these programs that always do so much.