Who comes to and what do they do there? Here’s a quick look at an average day:
Kathy came to PRC in Westmont for the first time. Her husband just lost his job and they needed food for their family of 6.
“Today was our first trip to the center and I wanted to say what a great experience it was," she said. "Everyone was so nice and helpful, the food pantry was just great-we came home with so much great food I had no idea we would receive that much. We were even given gifts for our daughters birthday next week! I am so happy to have found PRC! Our family is very thankful.”
Liliana, from Mexico, is taking a watercolor class at PRC with award-winning watercolorist (and volunteer) Ratindra Das. She also makes and sells jewelry thanks to PRC’s Women’s Wisdom Artisan program. She says she loves art, so designing jewelry and painting are ways she can express herself (see video).
Ruben is studying in the Literacy classroom to better his English. He works with a tutor once a week and proudly talks about how he received his US citizenship with help from PRC. The El Salvador native makes it a point to vote in all the elections.
In the Tellabs Computer Training Center, Roger, a volunteer, teaches Microsoft Word to a full class of adult students. Those who complete the 7-week class will take home a free, refurbished computer from PRC, complete with Microsoft software. In FY ’12, PRC’s computer training and access department distributed 751 computers to your neighbors in need.
Since 1975, People’s Resource Center has been bringing neighbors together to respond to hunger and poverty in DuPage County. With a team of over 1,000 volunteers, PRC offers nutritious food and other basic necessities like clothes and rent assistance for people facing tough times. And they connect people with resources—education and tutoring, jobs, technology, art, a caring community—to create a future of hope and opportunity for all.