As violence surrounds, Chicago school’s partnership with suburban church offers students help, hope

This week we’re sharing a powerful narrative, originally written by David Paulson for the Episcopal News Service about a unique and crucial church-school partnership in Chicago’s violent North Lawndale neighborhood.

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Park Ridge, IL works in partnership with Community Christian Alternative Academy – a school for adolescents between 16 and 21 who are working on finishing their high-school education. Over the course of their partnership, St. Mary’s has supported CCAA by working on some administrative tasks, donating $1,000 to build a reading lab, and helping them secure $30,00 a down payment for their building. Most recently they’ve launched an in-school tutoring program by providing volunteers to help students with homework.

CLICK HERE to read the full story and take in the true power and meaning of community partnership.


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