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Interview with Kris Rittenmeyer

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More than just lacking essential resources: Early trauma and mental illness often lead to homelessness. “Not only is mental health a huge component in becoming homeless, but it can also be a huge component in remaining homeless.” Finding housing for our clients at Primo Center is just one part of the scope of services we… Read more »

Heroes of The COVID Crisis: How Christine Achre of Primo Center helped provide shelter for homeless children during the pandemic

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An Interview With Phil La Duke Originally published by Authority Magazine and Thrive Global Practice Active Listening. A large part of effectively supporting our community is by practicing active listening. We practice active listening every day with our families and learn a lot more about their needs, concerns, and general feelings about their situation. We… Read more »

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 »

A Note From The CEO – May 2020

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It is hard to believe that it has been three months since the pandemic upended life in this country. While many people have been sheltering in place, our frontline staff has been working tirelessly to serve our homeless families in this difficult and ever-changing situation. Primo Center’s community of supporters has stepped up in ways… Read more »

Combatting COVID-19 Through Community Collaboration

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Every person, family and business is affected today by COVID-19. Families with unstable housing feel the effects even more severely. At Primo Center, we feel the pandemic’s impact throughout the organization and on the lives of the children and families we serve. The pandemic has intensified our clients’ challenges and created new obstacles for us…. Read more »

New Englewood Community Kitchens opens to improve health outcomes for all residents of Greater Englewood

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In partnership with Whole Foods Market and Whole Cities Foundation, Primo Center opens full-service kitchen for Chicago’s most vulnerable residents and the Greater Englewood community Once considered a food desert with few options for accessing healthy food, the Greater Englewood community now has new opportunities to improve nutrition education with the opening of Englewood Community… Read more »