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For 40 years, Primo Center has empowered homeless families to become productive, responsible, and independent members of their community.

Holding true to the values of Primo Center’s founder, the late Bishop Quintin Primo, Jr., the organizations’s goal is to create innovative and transformative programming for some of Chicago’s most vulnerable residents: homeless women and children.

Thanks to your generous support, Primo Center is now Chicago’s largest provider of services to homeless families, helping them regain safety, stability and independence.

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Our Mission: Empowering families to become productive, responsible, and independent members of their community.

Introducing the Whole New Worlds Podcast

A collaboration between Rivet and Primo Center

Thousands of people are living in Chicago’s homeless shelters. Some of those shelters are run by Primo Center — Primo Center is the largest provider of services and shelter for homeless children and their families in Chicago. They do things a little differently — they don’t kick families out.

Co-hosts Jesse Betend and Ron Brown take you to Primo’s Sangamon shelter to meet the families, hear their stories, and learn how this program is different — and why it’s so successful.

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Impact

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    4 shelter locations on the south and west side
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    75 permanent supportive housing beds
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    350+ beds
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    1000+ people served each year
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    95% retain stable housing

The work we do is made possible through our partnerships with:

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Primo Center Partners with Global Gift Registry to Raise In-Kind Donations for Homeless Chicago Women and Children

Primo Center, Chicago’s largest and highest performing provider of services and shelter for homeless children and their families, becomes the first Chicago recipient and partner of Global Gift Registry. Created during the COVID-19 crisis, The Global Gift Registry, channels the resources of a diverse group of women to provide essential resources to expectant women and… Read more »