Our mission is empowering individuals, families, and communities facing poverty to secure a better quality of life.
Who We Help
The Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County, Inc. (CEDA) is one of the largest private, nonprofit Community Action Agencies in the country, serving residents throughout Cook County, Illinois. We serve more than 300,000 people and more than 150,000 households every year.
Community Action was established under the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson, as a part of the “War on Poverty.” The goal of the program, which is now part of the Community Services Block Grant, is to reduce poverty, revitalize low-income communities, and empower low-income individuals and families to become fully self-sufficient. The program is carried out by a national network of over 1300 designated Community Action Agencies (“CAAs”), which provide a diverse array of services to and advocacy on behalf of low-income individuals and families.
Not knowing which way to go to feed my family but thanks to God, he made a way for my family. The Food Program has really been a blessing to me and my family when my food supply is low. The distribution site at the church is totally a blessing in the community.
— Robert F.
Anita F. was able to secure employment within 3 weeks of completing the job readiness training. The one job was not enough money for her to sustain so she was referred for a second job which she also landed. The two companies have let her customize her schedules since she has proven herself to be a go-getter, dependable and works with a sense of urgency and pride. She took advantage of the things that were taught to here in Job Readiness including if you cannot secure one great job, secure two jobs that will add up to the pay you need to run your household. Anita has successfully completed her 90-day probation with both companies. She reached self-sufficiency and now is maintaining it – she did everything with a sense of purpose and pride.
The pregnancy and also helped me maintain. After I gave birth, they had so much information about breastfeeding available and really helped me. They are still helping, by ensuring I am able to provide enough of the right foods for my family.
— Thalia S.
I started using the WIC program when my first son was born four years ago. As a first time mom, WIC was incredibly helpful in teaching me what to do and what not to do. Without this program, I don’t know what we’d do.
— Laura G.