Our work began with a focus on housing, but we’ve evolved to respond to the comprehensive needs inside and outside the home. We organize around issues of youth, resiliency, older adults, education, and housing.
We empower youth to be change-makers who know how to use their power to create change. Our Youth Leadership Council provides a consistent space for students to grow as civic leaders, receive academic and emotional support, and make meaningful peer connections.
In 2017, we worked with community partners to launch Building Resilience in Belmont Cragin, a coalition to address childhood adversity, promote healing, and build resilience in our community. Our Youth and Resiliency Organizers are certified trainers in Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), and have presented to over 300 parents, educators, and residents on the effects of ACEs.
As Belmont Cragin’s population ages, organizing around issues impacting older adults is vital. The NWSHC organizes older adults around issues of age-friendly banking, financial abuse, fraud, and safety.
We have seen that when parents, students, and school leaders work together, we can improve the quality of education in Belmont Cragin's public schools. We work to improve the lives of youth and families through expanded educational, arts & cultural, athletic, and leadership development opportunities. Drawing largely from parents in our Parent Mentor Program, we’ve empowered parents and students to fight for change in our schools.
Since our founding in 2003, the root of our mission has been in the home. We serve and unite folks struggling with housing issues. Whether it’s unaffordability, property taxes, or foreclosure, we empower community members to use their collective voices to seek solutions and make change.
QUALITY OF LIFE PLAN
In 2015, the NWSHC became the lead agency of the Belmont Cragin Quality of Life Plan (QLP). The mission of the QLP is to further the growth of Belmont-Cragin as a united, vibrant and diverse community. Over 600 community residents and stakeholders identified four issue areas that guide our work:
Businesses and Jobs
Education and Youth
Health and Older Adults