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ENLACE CHICAGO | 2020
ANNUAL REPORT

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The report is intended to be interactive – scroll through, click on and hover over everything, watch the videos, interact with our social media posts, and enjoy!

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From the Executive Director

What a year this was! When the fiscal year started in July 2019, I never could have imagined what we had in store for us at the beginning of 2020. We have always been ultimately responsible to our community and, when the pandemic hit, we worked hard to quickly adapt in order to address the specific needs of community members. This annual report reflects that.

 

It also reflects the result of what I focused on in my letter for the fiscal year 2018/19 annual report. With continued investments in organizational administrative capacity and sustainability, we are producing more and more engaging content that celebrates the efforts, talents and dedication of staff, leaders, volunteers, participants and supporters. For the fiscal year 2019/20 annual report, we put all this content into one place to give you a tour through the rollercoaster ride that was this fiscal year.

Katya Nuques

2020 will always be associated with the pandemic.

But our fiscal year 2020 was eventful – and unpredictable – way before the pandemic started.

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2020
Summer Activity

The summer of 2019 was, as usual, full of activity.

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Youth covered the neighborhood in colorful murals as part of summer programming...

Advocacy

Advocacy and organizing played big roles at the end of 2019.

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Citlalli, Enlace’s Immigration Organizer, walked 230 miles over 18 days as part of Home is Here: March for DACA and TPS.

Staff worked hard

 Staff worked hard…

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They expanded mental health programming to address community need.

Time to relax

…but also took time to relax.

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They enjoyed each other’s company…

Parent Leaders

Parent leaders continued to play a huge role in improving the quality of life in Little Village.

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 The first cohort of the bilingual community health worker (CHW) college certificate program started classes.

New Infrastructure

New infrastructure increased our capacity to support staff and the community.

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We bought a second van!

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But, in March, we were forced to make major adjustments.

In March
Meals

Even before we knew that school would be remote for the rest of that year, staff jumped into action.

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They distributed meals…

Eventually, we found innovative and safe ways to facilitate programs…

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The Violence Prevention Team started to organize self-care activities for participants.

Innovative Programs

…and to celebrate.

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Graduating seniors didn’t miss out on their celebration.

Celebrate

How crazy is it for a Census year to fall during a global pandemic!

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It is important for our community to be counted, so we developed creative strategies for doing Census outreach and education.

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Civil Unrest

Little Village was hard hit by the civil unrest that was a response to racial injustice, anti-Blackness and police brutality.

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The Violence Prevention Team worked tirelessly to address violence and racial tension, working closely with Black-led partner organizations.

Challenging year

It was a challenging year, but we adapted in order to continue to carry out our mission.

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