|CCJD's mission is to promote leadership in the community in order
to promote positive social change, while serving those in need. Our
programs and services embrace four focus areas:
All of the poor in America have a difficult time obtaining adequate medical
services, but these difficulties are multiplied by the language barrier and isolation
in our community. Since 1994 we have implemented the health promoters,
promotoras de salud, model of bringing health education to people in the
community. We bring experts, such as the American Red Cross, the Chicago
Department of Public Health, Mujeres Latina en Accion, and many others to
train local residents on health care and social issues. They are then encouraged to
spread their knowledge through presentations and CCJD's home visit home visit
program., Una Visita Cuenta. This knowledge empowers community residents
through helping others and has created many active informed leaders.
Recognizing that education is key to success of both adults and
young people, our family literacy program focuses on the needs
of the whole family in lifelong learning. For adults we offer
English as a Second Language classes. For children we have an
after school tutoring and mentoring program that supports the
children's school work and offers extra help in ESL and
extracurricular activities with a supportive mentor.
|Community Organizing and Human Rights
Since Arnold Mireles became a part of CCJD, community organizing and
human rights have been an important part of our agenda. After Arnold's
murder in late 1997 by a slum landlord he had fouht against, we have
continued his work and his legacy through the Arnold Mireles Human
Our social service programs, such as the food pantry and free
clothing help families in crisis, and are an important entry point
into involvement in our center.
CCJD operates in coordination with many foundations, private
enterprises, social agencies, and local government to bring much
needed social services to our community.