Get IN Chicago is pleased to announce funding to support both a full-time community coordinator in each of the four CCRE communities and community engagement activities over the next year.  Meet the coordinators:

 

LINNETTE ACOSTA, HUMBOLDT PARK

What is your favorite thing about Humboldt Park?

The rich culture and food. I love being able to stroll through the recreational park and relax with my dog by the pond and eating some of my favorite Puerto Rican foods from “La Bomba Place” food truck.
What other projects have you worked on prior to becoming a community coordinator?
I received a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology, Law and Justice from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2012. Since 2015, I have been a youth group leader at my parish, Nuestra Señora de las Américas. I help to create a safe space for teens to speak what is on their mind; to talk about relevant issues many teens face and help to apply their issues to scripture.
What is your top priority in your new role?
Helping to create safe spaces that can inspire community residents to come together to talk about the issues they face and come up with possible ways to reduce violence in Humboldt Park. Creating a vehicle for community connectedness through ALSO’s outdoor community dinners upholds our mission to end violence in the streets and homes of communities nationwide.
Three fun facts about yourself: 

1.    In my free time and when the weather is great, I love bungee jumping and kayaking.
2.    I am a collector of vintage horror movies; F.W. Murnau’s “Nosferatu” is my favorite!
3.    I am a big foodie! I love trying new and daring things from chocolate covered spiders to various fusion foods. You name it I’ve probably tried it!

 

 

 

CURTIS BURCH, NORTH LAWNDALE

What is your favorite thing about North Lawndale?
My favorite thing about North Lawndale is that everyone has an opportunity for greatness, and that an organization like I AM ABLE cares and is willing to give to the community, helping those that are traumatized or could be traumatized and do not have the capability to recognize it. They are breaking down barriers by covering everything from finance to romance. I am a living testimony of that!

What other projects have you worked on prior to becoming a community coordinator?
Before I worked at I AM ABLE, I was a former military Food Service Specialist 92G for 4 years in Germany and also worked as a short order cook for a year after I left the army. I was deployed to Iraq and managed a small unit of soldiers. Upon my return home I worked in Loretto Hospital and numerous nursing homes.

What is your top priority in your new role?
I plan to reach out to all North Lawndale youth – at-risk, acutely high-risk, and beyond – to assist with resources and activities.

Three fun facts about yourself:
1. I lived in Germany for 4 years and returned again once I left the army.
2. I worked as a cook for over 8 years.
3. I write poetry for a hobby.

 

 

 

DANNIELLE DIXON, AUSTIN

What is your favorite thing about Austin?
My favorite thing about Austin is the love the residents have for their community!!! I am truly blessed to work alongside such amazing people!!

What other projects have you worked on prior to becoming a community coordinator?
I have worked on several projects to address the increasing numbers of homeless youth in the Chicago area.

What is your top priority in your new role?
Connecting Austin residents and building their capacity to impact their neighborhood in an enormous way.

Three fun facts about yourself:
1.  I enjoy wall climbing
2.  I love working with youth
3.  I am the youngest of 8 children

 

 

 

JESSICA GARDINER, NORTH LAWNDALE

What is your favorite thing about North Lawndale?
My favorite thing about North Lawndale is connecting with individuals in the community, particularly the youth.

What other projects have you worked on prior to becoming a community coordinator?
As a Master’s level student attending Jane Addams College of Social Work,  I worked as a therapist intern at I AM ABLE Center for Family Development.  Over the course of the year, I provided counseling services to clients at ABLE, as well as to students at Joseph Kellman, a public school located in the North Lawndale community.

What is your top priority in your new role?
The role of CCRE Coordinator gives me the opportunity to make myself more available, learn more from the community and meet people where they are.

Three fun facts about yourself:
1.      I am an Army veteran.
2.      I have climbed Mt. Fuji.
3.      I enjoy playing women’s rugby.

 

 

 

QUINCY ROSEBOROUGH, ROSELAND

What is your favorite thing about Roseland?
I love the people.  There is never a dull moment, there is always something happening that makes me laugh or smile.

What other projects have you worked on prior to becoming community coordinator?
I served as a Job Developer for Youth Programs and managed a Fatherhood Program for adults 18 to 35.

What is your top priority in your new role?
Helping to bring resources to the community to establish a safer, more vibrant Greater Roseland.

Three fun facts about yourself: 
1.  I love all music, especially old school music.
2.  I played the trombone for about six years during HS and college.
3. I own a four year old Cane Corso named Queen.