In 1978, my father, the Right Reverend Quintin Primo, Jr. opened The Urban Center of St. Barnabas in Garfield Park on Chicago's West Side. He took inspiration from his father, a priest who immigrated to the United States from British Guiana and hoped to earn a medical degree and return home to serve his community. While my grandfather never achieved his primary goal, my father did when he created The Urban Center to serve the needs of the impoverished West Side community.
Since the launch of The Urban Center 30 years ago, much of the City of Chicago has flourished economically. However, that growth and momentum has missed the Garfield Park community. While many areas now enjoy greater access to quality housing, health care and nutritional options, Garfield Park's resources have diminished still further. That alone speaks to the need for the Primo Center for Women and Children (PCWC), which is what The Urban Center was renamed in 1996. We had strived to address the struggles of our constituency since our inception. While we have faced great challenges, we have overcome them and grown thanks to the generosity of our supporters.
I am very humbled by my father's vision and by the heartfelt work that the staff and volunteers of the PCWC do every day. Through focus, dedication and drive, the team at PCWC has raised the bar in delivering critical social services and best-of-class outcomes for its clients. Thanks to its track record of achievement, PCWC has not only survived but thrived, it continues to grow and offer more services to those who need them, without exception. I am confident that my father would be proud and amazed by the remarkable inroads and exceptional work the Primo Center for Women and Children has achieved in the community.
I personally thank you for your continued support of our efforts.
Quintin Primo, Co-Chairman of the Primo Center
Thank you for visiting our website. For close to 40 years, the Primo Center has been dedicated to helping the most vulnerable Chicagoans on the west side of Chicago.
The demand for our services is at an all time high as family homelessness continues to be on the rise. One of our key focus areas at the Primo Centers is to empower homeless parents to provide their children with the best opportunities for success in life, thereby helping to break the cycle of homelessness. This starts in their pre kindergarten years with quality childcare and education. Over 40% of children in homeless families are under the age of six.
In early 2015, we opened an additional center at the request of the City of Chicago and increased our available beds from 111 to 184. As a result of this growth we are now one of the largest providers of services to homeless families in Chicago, with expertise in helping the most fragile and at risk. Even with this expansion we are proud to say that we are still recognized as providing the highest clinical proficiency and best shelter outcomes in the region.
With the support of 'Help for Children' and 'Ounce of Prevention' we launched a home visiting demonstration project for homeless families, which is the first of its kind in the country. This allows us to nurture very young children and promote growth and attachment between parent and child. Additionally we are also patterning with 'Get In Chicago' in delivering trauma - focused cognitive behavioral therapy to 225 youth and their families in the North Lawndale and Austin neighborhoods. This allows us to impact some of the most vulnerable youth in the community.
Earlier this year we were excited to be chosen as Social Venture Partners charity recipient. Their contribution will help to not only fund our work, but also bring additional expertise to the Center.
At the Primo Center, we believe the sky is the limit! We look forward to continuing to broadening our impact, improving the lives of the children and families we serve and continuing to break the cycle of homelessness.
Christine Achre, MA, LCPC
Chief Executive Officer