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A Note From The CEO – June 2021

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Greetings, Thank you for your support of the Primo Center. So much of what transpired between March 2020 and today will leave a lasting mark on everyone. Amid a global pandemic, Primo Center remained open, and our team continued providing services under more stress than ever before. Along with my team, I gathered resources and… Read more »

Meet Our Trainer: Jean Jourdain

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Jean Jourdain is a certified master trainer and has been at Primo Center for about 9 months providing individualized fitness training for the staff.     Primo Center CEO, Christine Achre, initially asked Jean to help ensure the staff was in optimum mental and physical health during the opening phase of the pandemic (July 2020)… Read more »

Staff Spotlight: Sandy Mitchell

Sandy Mitchell at Englewood Community Kitchens

We created the Englewood Community Kitchens (ECK) to create positive food experiences for our residents to learn better health and wellness habits. Sandy Mitchell leads the ECK and shared more in a Q&A about her role and passion for the art of homemade cooking.     Q: What is your role at Primo Center and… Read more »

Black History Month Staff Spotlight: Diane Jerdine

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This month we celebrate the rich history and culture of the Black community. Join us as we shine a spotlight on Primo Center’s own sheroes and heroes who make our work possible. Diane Jerdine has been a warrior for justice her entire adult life. She considers herself a servant leader whose personal mission of helping… Read more »

A Note From The CEO – February 2021

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“Just like moons and like suns, With the certainty of tides, Just like hopes springing high, Still I’ll rise.” – Maya Angelou Dear Friends: I hope your year is off to a great start. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the impact the events of 2020 had on all of us, but that… Read more »

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 »