Since 1975, People's Resource Center has been bringing neighbors together to respond to hunger and poverty in DuPage County. With a team of 2,600 volunteers, we offer nutritious food and other basic necessities like clothes and rent assistance for people facing tough times. And we connect people with resources—education and tutoring, jobs, technology, art, a caring community—to create a future of hope and opportunity for all. Here are some highlights of our accomplishments in the past year:
Food Pantry: PRC provided 39,884 grocery carts filled with a week's worth of nutritious food, including fresh produce, frozen meats and bread.
Clothes Closet:over 7,500 gently used, seasonally appropriate clothing was chosen by families.
Homelessness Prevention: 68 families received financial assistance to help pay the rent and regain housing stability.
Social Services: 459 families were connected to additional social services including SNAP (food stamps), emergency financial assistance, utility assistance, and health care.
Adult Learning and Literacy Program: 1,076 students enrolled in ESL classes, studied for GED and citizenship exams, or worked with tutors to achieve their learning goals, including passing the U.S. Citizenship exam and earning a GED. Over 500 children boosted their academic skills through our hands-on Summer Science Program. Throughout the year, 40,102 books were distributed.
Computer Access and Training: 694 refurbished computers were distributed to computer training students who needed one for home.
Job Assistance: 913 job seekers attended workshops and were matched with Job Coaches.
Art: 875 adults and children enhanced their self-esteem and creativity through PRC art programs.