Back2School: Christmas in August 
El Rescate would like to extend a heart felt thank you to Alicia Marrero’s students from ASPIRA Antonia Pantoja High School’s summer program. The group set out to fundraise for an organization of choice and chose El Rescate. They wanted to not only help the program but also its residents who soon will be attending high school or college in the Fall. Originally, they wanted to host a Bike-A-Thon, but were faced with huge obstacles during the process. That didn’t stop them. They pushed forward and raised money to purchase backpacks filled with school supplies and water bottles, toiletries, organizational bins, hangers, snacks and hygiene products. It was “Christmas in August” said Zenaida López, Senior Case Manager for El Rescate. The students who were responsible for gathering the generous donations are same age as the residents of El Rescate. It was very touching to see them go out of their way to help those in needs as well as hearing from of each of them why they did what they did. El Rescate is always on the hunt for toiletries donations, so this home run of a gesture was very touching to everyone. On behalf of everyone at El Rescate, thank you! 
El Rescate is an independent living program for homeless LGBTQ youth between the age of 18-24 who want to regain their Independence. If you wish to donate or are interested in contributing to El Rescate, please contact Jackie Gonzalez, program director at: jackieg@prcc-chgo.org or call (872) 829-26622.  Back2School: Christmas in August 
El Rescate would like to extend a heart felt thank you to Alicia Marrero’s students from ASPIRA Antonia Pantoja High School’s summer program. The group set out to fundraise for an organization of choice and chose El Rescate. They wanted to not only help the program but also its residents who soon will be attending high school or college in the Fall. Originally, they wanted to host a Bike-A-Thon, but were faced with huge obstacles during the process. That didn’t stop them. They pushed forward and raised money to purchase backpacks filled with school supplies and water bottles, toiletries, organizational bins, hangers, snacks and hygiene products. It was “Christmas in August” said Zenaida López, Senior Case Manager for El Rescate. The students who were responsible for gathering the generous donations are same age as the residents of El Rescate. It was very touching to see them go out of their way to help those in needs as well as hearing from of each of them why they did what they did. El Rescate is always on the hunt for toiletries donations, so this home run of a gesture was very touching to everyone. On behalf of everyone at El Rescate, thank you! 
El Rescate is an independent living program for homeless LGBTQ youth between the age of 18-24 who want to regain their Independence. If you wish to donate or are interested in contributing to El Rescate, please contact Jackie Gonzalez, program director at: jackieg@prcc-chgo.org or call (872) 829-26622. 

Back2School: Christmas in August 

El Rescate would like to extend a heart felt thank you to Alicia Marrero’s students from ASPIRA Antonia Pantoja High School’s summer program. The group set out to fundraise for an organization of choice and chose El Rescate. They wanted to not only help the program but also its residents who soon will be attending high school or college in the Fall. Originally, they wanted to host a Bike-A-Thon, but were faced with huge obstacles during the process. That didn’t stop them. They pushed forward and raised money to purchase backpacks filled with school supplies and water bottles, toiletries, organizational bins, hangers, snacks and hygiene products. It was “Christmas in August” said Zenaida López, Senior Case Manager for El Rescate. The students who were responsible for gathering the generous donations are same age as the residents of El Rescate. It was very touching to see them go out of their way to help those in needs as well as hearing from of each of them why they did what they did. El Rescate is always on the hunt for toiletries donations, so this home run of a gesture was very touching to everyone. On behalf of everyone at El Rescate, thank you! 

El Rescate is an independent living program for homeless LGBTQ youth between the age of 18-24 who want to regain their Independence. If you wish to donate or are interested in contributing to El Rescate, please contact Jackie Gonzalez, program director at: jackieg@prcc-chgo.org or call (872) 829-26622. 
Professional Chefs Teach Cooking Class at El Rescate
On Wednesday, May 14th, we had @ChefDavidReyes (owner of Boca Loca in Nashville) and Juliette Reyes, two professional chefs come to El Rescate to give a cooking class for our youth. Our youth learned how to make a delicious shrimp and mango ceviche from scratch. Everyone was hands on and learned how to properly cut all of the ingredients. They even got to connect with the chefs and ask questions regarding their careers and how they got started. A big thanks to Angelica Alonso for putting this cooking class together and to the chefs for making time from their busy schedules to be with us. Everyone had a great time! 
(Photos by Michelle Kanaar) Professional Chefs Teach Cooking Class at El Rescate
On Wednesday, May 14th, we had @ChefDavidReyes (owner of Boca Loca in Nashville) and Juliette Reyes, two professional chefs come to El Rescate to give a cooking class for our youth. Our youth learned how to make a delicious shrimp and mango ceviche from scratch. Everyone was hands on and learned how to properly cut all of the ingredients. They even got to connect with the chefs and ask questions regarding their careers and how they got started. A big thanks to Angelica Alonso for putting this cooking class together and to the chefs for making time from their busy schedules to be with us. Everyone had a great time! 
(Photos by Michelle Kanaar) Professional Chefs Teach Cooking Class at El Rescate
On Wednesday, May 14th, we had @ChefDavidReyes (owner of Boca Loca in Nashville) and Juliette Reyes, two professional chefs come to El Rescate to give a cooking class for our youth. Our youth learned how to make a delicious shrimp and mango ceviche from scratch. Everyone was hands on and learned how to properly cut all of the ingredients. They even got to connect with the chefs and ask questions regarding their careers and how they got started. A big thanks to Angelica Alonso for putting this cooking class together and to the chefs for making time from their busy schedules to be with us. Everyone had a great time! 
(Photos by Michelle Kanaar) Professional Chefs Teach Cooking Class at El Rescate
On Wednesday, May 14th, we had @ChefDavidReyes (owner of Boca Loca in Nashville) and Juliette Reyes, two professional chefs come to El Rescate to give a cooking class for our youth. Our youth learned how to make a delicious shrimp and mango ceviche from scratch. Everyone was hands on and learned how to properly cut all of the ingredients. They even got to connect with the chefs and ask questions regarding their careers and how they got started. A big thanks to Angelica Alonso for putting this cooking class together and to the chefs for making time from their busy schedules to be with us. Everyone had a great time! 
(Photos by Michelle Kanaar) Professional Chefs Teach Cooking Class at El Rescate
On Wednesday, May 14th, we had @ChefDavidReyes (owner of Boca Loca in Nashville) and Juliette Reyes, two professional chefs come to El Rescate to give a cooking class for our youth. Our youth learned how to make a delicious shrimp and mango ceviche from scratch. Everyone was hands on and learned how to properly cut all of the ingredients. They even got to connect with the chefs and ask questions regarding their careers and how they got started. A big thanks to Angelica Alonso for putting this cooking class together and to the chefs for making time from their busy schedules to be with us. Everyone had a great time! 
(Photos by Michelle Kanaar) Professional Chefs Teach Cooking Class at El Rescate
On Wednesday, May 14th, we had @ChefDavidReyes (owner of Boca Loca in Nashville) and Juliette Reyes, two professional chefs come to El Rescate to give a cooking class for our youth. Our youth learned how to make a delicious shrimp and mango ceviche from scratch. Everyone was hands on and learned how to properly cut all of the ingredients. They even got to connect with the chefs and ask questions regarding their careers and how they got started. A big thanks to Angelica Alonso for putting this cooking class together and to the chefs for making time from their busy schedules to be with us. Everyone had a great time! 
(Photos by Michelle Kanaar)

Professional Chefs Teach Cooking Class at El Rescate

On Wednesday, May 14th, we had  (owner of Boca Loca in Nashville) and Juliette Reyes, two professional chefs come to El Rescate to give a cooking class for our youth. Our youth learned how to make a delicious shrimp and mango ceviche from scratch. Everyone was hands on and learned how to properly cut all of the ingredients. They even got to connect with the chefs and ask questions regarding their careers and how they got started. A big thanks to Angelica Alonso for putting this cooking class together and to the chefs for making time from their busy schedules to be with us. Everyone had a great time! 

(Photos by Michelle Kanaar)

AD Space Available for La Voz del Paseo Boricua

El Rescate is selling ad space for the Puerto Rican Cultural Center’s 2nd United Puerto Rican People’s Parade Saturday, June 14, 2014. Buy an ad today! 

Ad Dimensions and Prices

Ad size in black & white | color

  • A - Full Page b/w (10.4375” x 13.58”) = $525 | in color $625 
  • B - Quarter Page b/w (5.125” x 6.6”) = $175 | in color $225
  • C - Eighth Page b/w (5.125” x 3.30”) = $90 | in color $140
  • D - Hort. Half Page b/w (10.4375” x 6.6”) = $325 | in color $400
  • E - Centerfold (10.4375” x 13.58”) = $1300 Color Included
  • F - Back Page (10.4375” x 13.58”) = $800 Color Included 
  • G - Sponsor Listing = $50

To purchase ad or find out more information, please email/call Ivan Vega at: ivanv@prcc-chgo.org | (872) 829-2494

A Note of Hope by Anonymous El Rescate Resident

I was homeless for about a month. I refused to live with my dad or anyone for that matter. So, I stayed somewhere that had no hot water (ever), no heat, but I told myself I have to be strong and get through it on my own. When it comes down to it, I realize I have a few odds against me: I’m GAY, homeless and alone but because of some certain people, they made me realize that I am capable of good things-amazing things. They say you see the rain before the rainbow but I know now that the rain is what makes everything grow. I believe I can go as far as I really want to. I’m in high school as well as testing into college classes. I’ve passed ever single class. I’ve lost some fallen friends and even my family, but I prove the odds wrong. I help with homeless shelters as well as helping out in the community as much as possible. I believe I can become the best thing anyone has seen. Now, I am building my relationship with my family back and I’m getting my health back together and I’m working on a job and have my life steady and looking forward to seeing where I am in 10 years.

I hope people can see what I’ve been thru and possibly make a difference and prove being homeless isn’t the end of life even though I felt like it at one point.

Thank you for those who helped me you know who you are.

El Rescate Is Now Hiring: Resident Advisor (RA)

JOB DESCRIPTION – RESIDENT ADVISOR (RA)

El Rescate’s Latina/o LGBTQ Independent Youth Living Program assist youth between the ages of 18 to 24. El Rescate’s mission is to provide identity-affirming housing to homeless LGBTQ youth, some being HIV-positive, and to provide support services to assist with their transition to independence.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Supervise and monitor resident activities to maintain a safe and stable living environment
  • Utilize de-escalation and crisis intervention skills as needed in a supportive and caring manner
  • Support and implement the policies and philosophies of the program and including but not limited to harm reduction and sanctuary model frameworks
  • Engage youth in discussions relevant to goals, strengths and barriers to becoming stable
  • Participate in weekly staff meetings, case review meetings, and other meetings as instructed by the Program Director

Spring into Summer 

In keeping with the community and promoting the PRCC’s healthy eating and excerise programs, El Rescate is encouraging its residents to make use of the available bikes to maintain a healthy lifestyle. On Monday, March 31st it was gorgeous day and the sun was shinning. A group of residents took advantage of the excellent weather and went bike riding. It was good to see everyone smiling and creating a sense of camaraderie. A big thank you to Michael Reyes who runs Esteelo Apparel & Silk Screen Co in the community for donating all the bikes!

If you wish to contribute to El Rescate in anyway, please contact Jackie Gonzalez, Program Director: jackieg@prcc-chgo.org

dreams are there to be followed 

I became a resident of El Rescate when I was homeless and couch surfing. I had a dream of living a normal life as a guy, without everyone knowing. See, I happen to be a trans-man. I left home because I was not supported by the majority of my family. The lack of support of my true gender caused me to seclude myself from them to the point where I became very depressed and lonely. I couldn’t live the lie of who they wanted me to be. That’s why I packed my bags and left. El Rescate embraced me by putting a roof over my head while focusing on my goals which include: continuing my education and finding a stable job, and hopefully soon, getting my own apartment. El Rescate has supported me as a transexual man and has loved me as their own. They help me with all of my life necessities including: food, hygiene products, bus fare, and the support I need to become independent. I’m so thankful to live here and be apart of El Rescate. Now, I can achieve all of my goals and live up to all of my dreams. 
-Mordecai Barnaby, Resident of El Rescate 

Photo by dreamzofalex.blogspot.com

dreams are there to be followed 

I became a resident of El Rescate when I was homeless and couch surfing. I had a dream of living a normal life as a guy, without everyone knowing. See, I happen to be a trans-man. I left home because I was not supported by the majority of my family. The lack of support of my true gender caused me to seclude myself from them to the point where I became very depressed and lonely. I couldn’t live the lie of who they wanted me to be. That’s why I packed my bags and left. El Rescate embraced me by putting a roof over my head while focusing on my goals which include: continuing my education and finding a stable job, and hopefully soon, getting my own apartment. El Rescate has supported me as a transexual man and has loved me as their own. They help me with all of my life necessities including: food, hygiene products, bus fare, and the support I need to become independent. I’m so thankful to live here and be apart of El Rescate. Now, I can achieve all of my goals and live up to all of my dreams.

-Mordecai Barnaby, Resident of El Rescate 

Photo by dreamzofalex.blogspot.com

El Rescate Celebrates 2nd Anniversary

Video by Matthew Grcic

On March 3rd, 2014, El Rescate celebrated its 2nd anniversary at Nellie’s Restaurant and their commitment to homeless LGBTQ youth. There were close a 100 guests who showed up to celebrate the evening with us, which included: delicious food, success stories by our residents, a resident showcase, awards, and a video presentation by Matthew Grcic, which captures an inside look into our programs day to day responsibilities.

"Our residents were excited and worked together so they could look presentable for our event. Everyone was in great mood. They were well dressed and polished…I felt like a proud mother". says Jackie Gonzalez, Program Director of El Rescate

If you wish to contribute to El Rescate in any way, please call us or stop by and visit us: (872) 829-2494 | 2703 W. Divsision St., Chicago, IL 60622.

¡El Rescate Invites You To Celebrate Our 2nd Anniversary!

Monday, March 3rd, 2014 at 5pm at Nellie’s Puerto Rican Restaurant | 2458 W. Division St. 

Suggested Scale Donation $5 to $50

Help us reach our $36,000 fundraising goal! 

The Chicago Reporter Interview: “A lot of people might say it’s just a job, you clock in, you clock out, and end of the story. No, this is not a factory. My mind is constantly working…” -Jackie Gonzalez, Program Director (El Rescate)

Click Here To Read Entire Interview