El Rescate

Message from M, Program Coordinator

“El Rescate is very honored to be part of the initiative of ending youth homelessness in the Midwest area by assisting youth in transitioning from surviving the streets to independence and adulthood. Young adults are often mistreated, misguided and find themselves in difficult situations in which they feel trapped. At El Rescate, our main focus is giving these young adults the opportunities and the tools they need to rebuild themselves and transition into independence.”

El Rescate Transitional Living Program provides culturally appropriate, identity-affirming housing for homeless LGBTQ and/or HIV-positive youth ages 18-24 through a continuum of solutions. As part of this program, youth have access to the HIV prevention services offered by Vida/SIDA as well as employment/educational resources and Living Skills Training.

Distrust amongst homeless youth around adults is very high and often for good reason. Out on the streets all alone, they had to form friendships and negotiate boundaries in survival mode. El Rescate is a stable setting where they learn to live with peers, set rules for common areas, share a bedroom, respect for others and especially for themselves.

El Rescate provided services to a total of 62 youth during 2015-2016 programming year that were complemented with annual achievements.
Highlighted Services 2015-2016
32% of the residents were accepted and provided with Mental Health Services.
66% of the residents were provided with free dental care (by Norwegian American Hospital mobile van and community dental clinics).
16% of the residents were referred and received community health care (by various community health care clinics).
Annual Achievements 2015-2016
3% of the residents completed High School and graduated from Albizu Campos High School.
14% of the residents transitioned out to independent housing.
8% of the residents transitioned out thru El Rescate 2.0 housing program.
22% of the residents continued education and/or obtained trade trainings.
35% of the residents secured Full Time or Part Time employment.
14% of the residents re-engaged with their families.
16% of the residents continued education and secured Full Time or Part Time employment.

2703 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60622
TLP (872) 829-2662 & Basic Center (872) 829-2654

Latest News from El Rescate Independent Living Program

Fashion Show to help El Rescate

Dear Community Member, CALOR would like to formally invite you to “Fashion: Elements of Fierce.” Join us for a FASHION SHOW with art, performances and community. All the ticket proceeds of this event will be donated to two community organizations: United Latinx Pride and El Rescate. El Rescate, an initiative of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center, provides identity-affirming transitional housing to homeless LGBTQ youth and ...
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El Rescate perseveres… with help!

by PRCC Staff On March 3, 2016, El Rescate Transitional Living Program celebrated its four-year anniversary.  Over 100 individuals stopped by to visit El Rescate during the PRCC 100x35 celebration. From the untrained eye, an attendee of the celebration could easily have assumed this program is well funded with an unlimited amount of resources. But the reality is far different. Ever since the state declared a ...
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El Rescate chosen to participate in Digital Storage Immersion program

El Rescate Transitional Living Program & Basic Center Program  is proud in participating in an initiative of the Digital Storage Immersion pilot program, sponsored by the Chicago Youth  Storage Initiative Organization. This pilot program allows our youth  the ability to have quick, simple, easy access and a safe storage to their  personal documents, records   and /or Employment applications as well as simplifying our  youth ...
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Do you know about El Rescate Basic Center yet?

by El Rescate The Puerto Rican Cultural Center is proud to introduce one of its newest program initiatives: The El Rescate Basic Center Program. This new program represents an expansion of our existing El Rescate umbrella services aimed at homeless youth.  The Basic Center focuses on serving Latino and African American LGBTQ youth who are 12 to 18 years of age and helps connect them with ...
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