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Inclusive Community
Central to the HNPCA's mission is making
our community inclusive and safe for everyone.

A Warmer Welcome
[updated July 2024]

Approximately 300 people are living in a shelter in our neighborhood. After a treacherous journey all the way from South America --- much of it on foot, with babies, young children, and unimaginable courage --- these families are legally seeking asylum and a new start here in the United States. While life at the shelters promises to be better than the floor of a police station or the perils of winter exposure, the need for assistance is great. Our neighborhood has already risen to the challenge in dramatic fashion; please join us as we continue to meet the needs of this community.

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We are committed to supporting the dignity, safety, and health of the families who reside at the shelters.

Fall 2023 Contributions

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Items purchased from the Amazon Wish List should be shipped to the gift registry address. This will ensure shipment to the Alderperson's Office; their staff will then take the items directly to shelter families.

In collaboration with Alderperson Samantha Nugent, State Senator Ram Villivalam, neighborhood volunteers, and community organizations, we are currently coordinating a variety of efforts:

  • collecting new and gently used summer clothing for children and adults of all ages:

    • flip flops

    • t-shirts

    • warm-weather pants and shorts

    • socks

    • underwear

    • sports bras

  • supporting pick-up soccer games twice a week, and

  • working to arrange pick-up baseball and softball games.

Previously, we have

  • collected and distributed blankets (806!),

  • distributed donated clothing (> 25 car loads so far) to shelter residents, and

  • filled very specific needs of shelter residents including cribs, diaper-changing stations, childrens' toys and books and outoor play equipment (see infographic for details).

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Please make your contribution today!
In 2020, we launched a series of community conversations to address race, policing, and safety. In 2021, we created a multimedia project called "People of North Park" designed to celebrate the diverse people and stories in our neighborhood.
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