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Elgin

Illinois

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What comes to mind when you think of Elgin? Old homes, the scenic lakefront trail, or maybe Judson University? One of the original wealthy suburbs of Chicago, and still home to a thriving industrial and healthcare system, Elgin has seen significant transitions over the past 40 years. As of 2018, over 61% of children registered for school in the district are registered as under the poverty line, and the community faces many challenges. The drop-out rate among middle school boys is alarmingly high. Transportation is extremely limited. The homeless population is larger than any of our neighboring cities in the Fox River Valley, and it is growing. Human trafficking is an issue, yet very few people are doing anything about it. And, though over half of the population is Latino and almost a quarter is monolingual Spanish speakers, less than only a small percentage of churches offer services in Spanish.

Our vision for the community is to see more relational bridges built - connecting people and resources within our community so that no one is invisible and people are empowered to solve problems. We envision a people who’ve found the strength within themselves that unleashes them in our community to be free to pursue who they’ve been created to be, no longer trapped and pinned by the oppressive systems around them.

 

OUR WORK

 

After a year of having conversations with locals throughout the community, gathering data, and working to understand the resources and needs within the city of Elgin, we are beginning to move forward together. 

In this next season of engaging with the community, we’re working to bring people together to address strategic problems identified in this in-depth community survey and across networks. These issues include fighting against the effects of COVID in the community (such as isolation, a rise in domestic abuse cases, and mental health), human trafficking, homelessness, and care for the elderly.


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