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Stories and updates from the CEDA team, partners & supporters

Building Resilience in Our Clients and Communities

Poverty has a great impact in our communities. At an essential level, every parent wants to provide for their children- food, clothing and shelter. For those recently unemployed or the more than 800K people living below the federal poverty line in Cook County, surviving with less than $1,600 a month,...

National Presence, Local Impact

"GENIUS IS IN THE IDEA.  IMPACT, HOWEVER, COMES FROM ACTION!" - Simon Sinek                   Our national impact report showcases the needs of over 50 million Americans living in poverty - unable to afford basic needs like medicine, transportation, health care and food....

President Lyndon B. Johnson

Community Action: Our Beginning

  In the 1960’s, over one fifth of the population was living below the poverty line. They were the invisible poor, unskilled workers, migrant farm workers, minorities, people for whom work was sporadic, demeaning and demoralizing. They were damaged in body and spirit, existing at levels beneath those necessary for...

View from the Field: Home Weatherization

"Now, more than ever, timely & efficient emergency support for our clients is critical. Our Weatherization team continues their work to stabilize our clients and communities throughout Cook County. " We know how challenging this time can be for our clients. While Utility companies are suspending shut-offs, many economically challenged individuals and families...

Women, Infants and Children (WIC) provides food, education and support for pregnant, breastfeeding and post-partum women, infants and children under the age of 5.

View from the Field: WIC In Action

With over 50 years of experience working in low-income communities, we know now, more than ever, our work is critical to stabilizing the hundreds of thousands of lives we touch every year.  As we settle into our new normal, we know how challenging this time can be for our clients.  Notably...

ENGAGE Harvey

  The Cook County city of Harvey, IL, founded in 1889, was once seen as the central hub of the south suburbs. Its growth and popularity lies in the benefits of blue-collar work opportunities from local factories and a growing downtown business district to support the city’s residents. Like many...

Mr. Williams is an older gentleman, sitting on his couch for this picture.

Client Spotlight: Meet Allan

Meet Allan! Allan has recently received our assistance from our weatherization program! CEDA staff visited Allan in his home after all of the work was done to discuss the program, how he learned it about it and the ways it has helped him since. Watch this short video from the...

CEDA in the Neighborhood

The unique effects of the famous Chicago Fire and it’s formerly stated “fire limits’ are what drove out the city’s first wave of working-class homeowners to what we now refer to as the suburbs. One of the oldest suburbs west of the city is the Town of Cicero, IL. The...

Erin Dowland Kabwe joins CEDA

In August, we welcomed our new Chief Development Officer, Erin Dowland Kabwe.  She has devoted her entire career to service with almost 20 years of diverse, global experience in fundraising and community development. Her journey to CEDA began many years ago and is lit by amazing achievements along the way....

Bernida looks into the distance with a determined look on her face.

Client Spotlight: Meet Bernida

CEDA staff recently got in touch with Bernida who spoke out about CEDA’s Energy Services Programs and the relief gained from the help on her gas and light bill. Bernida described her experiences with having to use the program when she had no other way to have her utilities turned on and how she now...