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Good News: June 7, 2019

Welcome to Good News! In this space we feature positive stories of community impact and development, relevant to the areas Metropolitan serves or the programs we offer.

Southwest Side nonprofit to rehab over 100 housing units thanks to state grant
Chicago Sun-Times
The Southwest Organizing Project got $12 million in the Illinois capital plan to acquire and renovate vacant buildings to create affordable housing.

Chicago’s ‘Safe Passage’ Curbs Street Violence Without Police, Studies Show
New research suggests that Safe Passage – a program employing Chicago civilians with deep roots in their neighborhoods who help suppress violence near schools, so children can move safely – is a wise investment.

Looking For Free Summer Meals For Kids? This Texting Service Wants To Help
Block Club Chicago
The Greater Chicago Food Depository and No Kid Hungry are teaming up to help fill the gap summer break creates. Chicagoans can text “FOOD” (or “COMIDA” for Spanish) to 877-877 in order to find the nearest free summer meals for kids.

This ‘Pharmacy’ Dispenses Fresh, Organic Produce To Combat Health Problems On The West Side
Block Club Chicago
There’s a new pharmacy serving Lawndale — but instead of pills, the prescriptions will be for fresh, organic green veggies. On Wednesday, the Chicago Botanic Garden launched this year’s season of the VeggieRx program, in partnership with the Lawndale Christian Health Center.