Primo Center for Women and Children CEO Christine Achre speaks at Under One Roof Conference in London

Chicago, Illinois – July 5, 2016 – Primo Center for Women and Children (“Primo Center”) Chief Executive Officer Christine Achre spoke at the Under One Roof annual conference in London on Tuesday, July 5th. Ms. Achre discussed psychological trauma and how to work with those affected.

The annual Under One Roof conference is a two-day event that promotes networking, learning and debate homelessness and supported housing issues.

“The Under One Roof conference shows that the problem of homelessness is a growing problem around the world,” said Ms. Achre, who is a highly sought-after speaker on the topic of services for homeless, having worked with homeless families over the past two decades. “It’s events like Under One Roof where we can come together to find common ground where we can all work together to try to come-up with solutions.”

About Primo Center for Women and Children
The Primo Center provides a continuum of housing solutions combined with mental health and support services to homeless women, men and children. The agency is committed to breaking the cycles of poverty, violence and homelessness, allowing families to eventually thrive in their home communities. Learn more at www.primocenter.org.

About Christine Achre
Ms. Achre is presently the CEO of Primo Center for Women and Children, a comprehensive social services organization located in Chicago and focused on breaking the cycle of homelessness in families. As a trained clinician with expertise in trauma-informed care, Ms. Achre has provided services to homeless families since 1995 and has focused on program development, research, and clinical practice, geared towards the implementation of best practices for homeless families. She has also worked within the children’s mental health sector and has participated in the dialogue on the administration and financing for a comprehensive system of care for children.

Primo Center for Women and Children CEO Christine Achre featured in Realtor® Magazine

Chicago, IllinoisJune 29, 2016 – Primo Center for Women and Children (“Primo Center”) Chief Executive Officer Christine Achre and Primo Center are featured in the Summer 2016 issue of Realtor® Magazine, the official magazine of the National Association of Realtors. Ms. Achre and the center are highlighted in an article by G.M. Filisko entitled Homelessness in America: Housing First, Then Support.

The article points-out that Primo Center operates two facilities with a total of 184 beds and a 12-unit apartment building and has access to 100 scattered-site housing units. In the article, Ms. Achre is quoted as saying that roughly 85-percent of families Primo Center helps are headed by a single parent, most often a female.

The story goes on to state that Primo Center, over the last six years, has averaged a 97 percent success rate when it comes to placing people in permanent housing.

Below is an except of the article:
The Primo Center, for example, boasts a 97 percent success rate (over the last six years) when it comes to placing people in permanent housing, reports Achre. Behind that statistic are real people, like the mother who had serious alcohol abuse issues. She and her teenage daughter had been asked to leave at least four shelters before they found the Primo Center.  A crisis erupted one day when the mother became dangerously drunk and abusive to sta? and other residents.  After medically stabilizing the woman, center sta? spent the next day counseling her on the devastating e?ects of her behavior.

 “That was a turning point,” recalls Achre. “She accepted the assistance we were providing, and she and her daughter are now doing quite well. Working with these families and really seeing what can be achieved is something I’m proud of.”

Realtor´® Magazine has a circulation of more than 1.1 million, plus it’s website attracts 540,000 unique monthly visitors.

Read the entire story starting on Page 4 of the following link: http://www.realtor.org/publications/on-common-ground/summer-2016-housing-for-all

About Primo Center for Women and Children
The Primo Center provides a continuum of housing solutions combined with mental health and support services to homeless women, men and children. The agency is committed to breaking the cycles of poverty, violence and homelessness, allowing families to eventually thrive in their home communities. Learn more at www.primocenter.org.

About Christine Achre
Ms. Achre is presently the CEO of Primo Center for Women and Children, a comprehensive social services organization located in Chicago and focused on breaking the cycle of homelessness in families. As a trained clinician with expertise in trauma-informed care, Ms. Achre has provided services to homeless families since 1995 and has focused on program development, research, and clinical practice, geared towards the implementation of best practices for homeless families. She has also worked within the children’s mental health sector and has participated in the dialogue on the administration and financing for a comprehensive system of care for children.

Primo Center featured in Services Matter: Ending Family Homelessness

Needham, Massachusetts – November 15, 2015 – The Primo Center was featured in the Bassuk Center’s Services Matter. Services Matter is a national advocacy campaign to highlight the value of services with housing for homeless families. This report highlights the Primo Center’s efforts to identify and assist homeless mothers afflicted by depression to ‘respond in a more targeted way and work with their community to ensure that mothers receive the treatment they need.’ Access the free report by following the link below.

Read the Services Matter Report

Christine Achre, CEO of Primo Center for Women and Children, Speaks at a Congressional Briefing in Washington

Chicago, Illinois – February 1, 2016 – Primo Center for Women and Children (Primo Center) announces its CEO Christine Achre is going to speak in Washington at a Congressional briefing on Services Matter – How Housing and Services can End Family Homelessness. The event is sponsored by The Bassuk Center on Homeless and Vulnerable Children and Youth in cooperation with the Congressional Caucus on Homelessness on February 3, 2016.


February 3, 2016
3:30 – 4:30 PM (EST)
S. Capitol Visitors Center
Room HVC – 200
Washington D.C.


“Family homelessness is at a critical point across America and this briefing is a big step in facilitating change,” said Christine Achre, CEO Primo Center for Women and Children. “It’s an honor to participate in this briefing and to partner with The Bassuk Center, my industry colleagues and our supporting organizations.”

In addition to Ms. Achre, additional speakers include: Carmela J. DeCandia, Psy.D. Chair, Advisory Board, The Bassuk Center on Homeless and Vulnerable Children & Youth, Needham, MA; Mary E. Haskett, Ph.D. Director, Family Studies Research Team, Professor of Psychology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC; Alisa Thornton Client Advocate and Speaker, Doorways for Woman and Families, Arlington, VA and Joe Willard, MA Vice President, Policy, People’s Emergency Center, Philadelphia, PA.

Supporting Organizations
Center for Social Innovation, Center for Transforming Lives (Tarrant County, TX), Doorways for Women and Families (Arlington, VA), First Focus Campaign for Children, Homeless Prenatal Program (San Francisco, CA), Homes for Families (MA), Homestretch (Falls Church, VA), kettlebells4kids, National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth, National Coalition for the Homeless, People’s Emergency Center (Philadelphia, PA), Primo Center for Women and Children (Chicago, IL), and Project CATCH (Raleigh, NC).

About The Bassuk Center
The Bassuk Center connects and supports communities across the nation that are responding to family homelessness. Using research-based knowledge and evidence-based solutions, we advance policies and practices that ensure stabilization of homeless and vulnerable children, youth, and families, and promote their wellbeing. For more info, visit bassukcenter.org.

About Primo Center for Women and Children
The Primo Center provides a continuum of housing solutions combined with mental health and support services to homeless women, men and children. The agency is committed to breaking the cycles of poverty, violence and homelessness, allowing families to eventually thrive in their home communities. Learn more at www.primocenter.org.

About Christine Achre
Ms. Achre is presently the CEO of Primo Center for Women and Children, a comprehensive social services organization located in Chicago and focused on breaking the cycle of homelessness in families. As a trained clinician with expertise in trauma-informed care, Ms. Achre has provided services to homeless families since 1995 and has focused on program development, research, and clinical practice, geared towards the implementation of best practices for homeless families. She has also worked within the children’s mental health sector and has participated in the dialogue on the administration and financing for a comprehensive system of care for children.

Primo Center for Women and Children Announces Grant from Get In Chicago

Chicago, Illinois – August 26, 2015 – Primo Center for Women and Children (“Primo Center”) is pleased to announce that it’s receiving a grant from Get IN Chicago (“GIC”), a public/private partnership addressing violence, improving safety and providing opportunities for youth living in high-crime neighborhoods. Primo Center is one of six new partners for GIC.

The grant will allow Primo Center to provide cognitive behavioral therapy for youth in the Austin and North Lawndale Communities.

“We are humbled and honored to partner with Get IN Chicago and commend them on their leadership role in implementing real solutions that will address the violence and social impact of violence on the lives of youth and families,” said Christine Achre, CEO of the Primo Center for Women and Children.

“True to our name, we have spent the last two years getting into Chicago communities, understanding their needs and building an infrastructure to effectively address neighborhood challenges,” said Toni Irving, Ph.D., executive director, Get IN Chicago. “Our grants support community organizations that provide kids with hope for the future, educational opportunities so they can achieve success, and safer neighborhoods to grow up in.”

So far in 2015, CIG has awarded grants totaling $7.8 million, which is more than the organization’s total grant giving in 2013 and 2014 combined.

About Primo Center for Women and Children
The Primo Center provides a continuum of housing solutions combined with mental health and support services to homeless women, men and children. The agency is committed to breaking the cycles of poverty, violence and homelessness, allowing families to eventually thrive in their home communities. Learn more at www.primocenter.org.

About Get IN Chicago
Get IN Chicago is an innovative five-year, $50 million partnership that focuses on identifying, funding and rigorously evaluating evidence-based programs that lead to sustainable reductions in violence for individuals and communities. Since 2013, GIC has awarded grants totaling more than $13.6 million for evidence-based community programs at 54 non-profit organizations that support more than 10,000 at-risk youth and their families in seven Chicago communities. More information is available at www.getinchicago.org

Primo Center For Women and Children Receives Generous Donation from Board Member Marc Jacobson

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Chicago, IL – Primo Center for Women and Children is pleased to announce that board member Marc Jacobson, a registered agent with the Northbrook Office of the Prudential Insurance Company of America, arranged for a $16,000 donation to the center and personally matched that donation for a total of $32,000.

A check was presented to Quintin E. Primo III, Chairman of the Board of the Primo Center on July 22, 2015 when Jacobson won Prudential’s President’s Trophy July 22, 2015.  Jacobson requested that a portion of the money spent on that celebration be donated to Primo Center for Women and Children.

“Not only did Marc Jacobson arrange for Prudential to donate a sizeable amount of money to the center, but he went a step further and announced he was doubling the donation to a total of $32,000,” said Primo. “Marc is one of those types of people that definitely thinks about the importance of assisting others who need a helping hand.”

“I was happy to arrange for this donation,” said Marc Jacobson, Registered Agent with Prudential.  “It’s very important for me to give back and matching Prudential’s donation was the perfect way to make an impact for a charity I have long supported.”

Prudential’s President’s Trophy is awarded to those achieving the highest level of sales by helping to meet the financial services needs of his or her clients with insurance and financial products.

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left to right: Pete Bohner, TVP Prudential Advisors, Caroline Feeney, President Prudential Advisors,  Quintin E. Primo III, Chairman of the Board of the Primo Center, Marc Jacobson National Honor Agent and National Production Leader, Lauren Jacobson, Steve Pelletier, Chief Operations Officer

About Primo Center for Women and Children
About the Primo Center for Women and Children – A non-profit, 501 (c) (3) organization committed to breaking the cycle of homelessness in families by providing a continuum of innovative housing and wraparound support services to the west side communities of Chicago. Learn more at primocenter.org