Welcome El Rescate Basic Center!

Welcome El Rescate Basic Center!

We are happy to announce a new initiative, El Rescate Basic Center. El Rescate Basic Center is a LGBTQ shelter focused on family reunification, life skills development, continuing education and job placement serving youth 12 to 18 years of age while providing enriching and rewarding experiences in a safe zone to call home while practicing acceptance and tolerance of all identities. ERBC strives to develop self-sufficiency and adaptability for successful future outcomes of the youths we serve. El Rescate Basic Center is an initiative of The Puerto Rican Cultural Center and is dedicated to helping displaced youth explore options and take action in their lives.

As we proceed to establish our neighborhood relationships, we look forward to learning more about all other initiatives and hope to be of service as we collaborate to provide quality services to our communities. We are very excited and looking forward to working with youth in need. If you would like to learn more about El Rescate Basic Center.

Thanksgiving Dinner At El Rescate

Thanksgiving Dinner At El Rescate

By PRCC Staff
Regardless of the origin of Thanksgiving and its original purpose, the day was officially set aside to give solemn thanksgiving and praise. On Wednesday November 25 , 2015, El Rescate staff and residents came together to give solemn thanksgiving and praise for the past year by preparing a wonderful dinner for all to share. With one heart and one voice, all came together to express the grateful feelings of Thanksgiving.  On Wednesday, in preparation of the wonderful Thanksgiving dinner, three turkeys and a myriad of side dishes were prepared by the resident’s and staff. All the residents, invited guests, and staff circled the table and held hands to express individual gratitude not only for the dinner but for El Rescate as a program, and the staff for assisting them during challenging times throughout the past year.
El Rescate resident’s and staff want to give thanks to Ms. Lugo for offering her wonderful space located on Division St. where our Thanksgiving Dinner took place. Also, we want to thank you Alderman Maldonado for the three turkeys that he donated, as well as other community partners and community residents that kindly contributed to the Thanksgiving Dinner by donating all sources of food for preparation.
El Rescate in full force for Sleep Out Chicago

El Rescate in full force for Sleep Out Chicago

by PRCC Staff

On November 20, El Rescate staff and residents participated in the Sleep out Chicago event, organized to raise awareness and money for the most vulnerable population, the homeless.
Inclement weather or the predicted 8 inches of snow did not keep El Rescate away. We showed up in full force to support the eighteen other organizations that work with the homeless population. The crown began gathering about 6 pm, some set up their tents for the night others sat around listening to the live music provided by local talent and a DJ.  Other participants worked the donations tables, giving away winter coats, scarves and clothing and most importantly, food.
Because the event was highly publicized, two residents from El Rescate, Marcel and Angel were interviewed by channel 20, and Jason was able to go on stage to speak on behalf of El Rescate. Although the rain/snow and the shifting wind complicated the visibility, the show went on through the night.

Its not too late to make a donation to El Rescate – You have until December 31st. Please help us to help the most needy of our community this holiday season.

El Rescate Advocates for Homeless

El Rescate Advocates for Homeless

By PRCC Staff

El Rescate Program, participated in the downtown rally that was coordinated by The Chicago Coalition For Homelessness, where About 130 homeless youths, service providers, advocates, and community members rallied outside the Thompson Center last Wednesday . We called on Governor Rauner to work with the General Assembly to end the state budget stalemate and resume funding vital human service programs, including shelters and services to homeless youth in Illinois. Please support this initiative by contacting Governor Rauner and your state legislators to ask for a fair budget.