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23Jul 2020

Humboldt Park: Outreach Team Helps Feed the Community

Humboldt Park: Outreach Team Helps Feed the Community
Summer of 2020 in Humboldt Park. Like so many communities around the country, Humboldt Park has been hit by COVID-19. ALSO outreach workers do mobile canvassing and work to prevent violence, keeping an eye on the community from their cars. Meanwhile, some stores in the community have been looted in recent months, following the killing ...
17Jul 2020

Get to Know: Cierra McGee, ALSO Outreach Worker

Get to Know: Cierra McGee, ALSO Outreach Worker
ALSO outreach worker Cierra McGee talks about being part of two communities. The first is Humboldt Park, where she lives and works. The second is a growing community of outreach workers around the city. On June 17, she completed a training for outreach workers through the Metropolitan Peace Academy, a training committed to professionalizing the ...
14Jul 2020

Metropolitan Peace Academy: Building a Community of Case Workers

Metropolitan Peace Academy: Building a Community of Case Workers
Since 2018, the Metropolitan Peace Academy in Chicago has offered training for street outreach workers. So far, 11 ALSO outreach staff members have graduated from the Academy. This month marks the first time a case management cohort has completed the training. In June, ALSO Resilience Advocate, Linnette Acosta, completed the case management training. ALSO outreach workers, ...
18Jun 2020

On the Ground: Tony Raggs, Safe Streets Program Manager

On the Ground: Tony Raggs, Safe Streets Program Manager
Tension from racial injustice, racism, violence, Covid-19, high unemployment, and other related issues continues to plague and oppress communities around the country. During this time, ALSO’s outreach team continues its important work.  In a time of social distancing, Safe Streets Program Manager Tony Raggs is sometimes asked how ALSO can be out in the community during ...
12Jun 2020

ALSO Program Participants: Taking Steps in the COVID-19 Era

ALSO Program Participants: Taking Steps in the COVID-19 Era
This January, ALSO outreach worker Eric George worked with participants in ALSO’s 10-10-10 program. The program provides participants with a stipend, employment-focused training, and a chance to explore issues in their lives, including violence in their communities.   By mid-March, COVID-19 had already changed the way we live – and had begun to have a major impact ...