Kevin Taylor is the Program Director for the Urban Resiliency (UR) Chicago Alliance: Job Readiness Program. Raised by a single mother of three in the Cabrini Green Housing projects, an area notorious for violence, Kevin is no stranger to poverty stricken communities and a system that does little to correct it. As a child, he often wondered why their living situation was different from what was seen on TV.
In December of 2017 when WVON 1690AM hosted a live broadcast at our shelter, we introduced all of our supporters and the city of Chicago to our resident, Mary. Mary, a mother of 3, found herself in need of interim housing after parting ways with her husband, losing her job, and not being able to maintain the rent. In a fight to reclaim her voice and her life, she reluctantly agreed to share her story.
Christanna and Michelle are two women who recently completed our UR Chicago Alliance Job Readiness Program. Christanna originally became connected to GNP because she was in need of temporary housing a found solace in our New Life Interim shelter. Both women, tired of feeling stuck and wanting to make a real change in their lives, joined the UR Chicago Alliance program. During a session in the program, the topic of business ownership arose. This sparked an interest in Christanna and Michelle.