As the second fastest-growing neighborhood in the city, Brighton Park is home to a large proportion of Chicago's low-income families and children. Dramatic changes in the last decade have transformed a previously predominant Polish, Irish, Lithuanian, and German population to a primarily Latino (82 percent) 45,000 resident base. The community is one of the most medically under-served in the city with only one primary care provider per 3,000 residents. Between 1990 and 2005, the area saw a 235 percent increase in the number of children living in poverty. With these daunting numbers, United Way and partner corporations see a community ready for change.
Current community services being implemented include after-school academic programs, school-based counseling and case management, skill-based parent enrichment programs, community leadership development and teacher professional development workshops. United Way is working with local community leaders, parents, teachers and partner non-profits in Brighton Park to ensure families have the education, income and health resources they need to become self-sufficient."Brighton Park is thrilled to partner with United Way to help develop a new social service infrastructure that can address the growing needs of our community, by uniting our schools, partners, parent and student leaders under one vision for community change and development," says Patrick Brosnan, Executive Director, Brighton Park Neighborhood Council.