The community of East Garfield Park is like every community in Chicago, filled with bright children, hard-working adults and people that love each other. It is also an area experiencing tremendous loss. If we are to help and support our neighbors, we must start with understanding their trauma.
To support the youth of East Garfield Park as they aspire to tackle higher education, Breakthrough honored six neighborhood seniors for the inaugural Greer Scholarship program at a special banquet on Tuesday, July 17 at the FamilyPlex.
With clear skies and scorching weather, Breakthrough’s Home Court series held its first outdoor installment of the summer on Friday, June 29. Food, games, competition and scholastic achievement were seminal in bringing the East Garfield Park community together in the sweltering sun.
Family is of the utmost importance to lifelong East Garfield Park resident James Davis Sr. He remembers a time in his neighborhood where community and unity thrived. When it comes to raising his children, these are the ideals he hopes to instill to help equip them to impact Garfield Park’s future.
In underserved communities like East Garfield Park, youth thrive when they have access to networks of support and spaces where they can develop. As more residents, children, and businesses utilize the FamilyPlex, Otis’ dream is realized.