Chicago

Chicago

LIFT-Chicago
4554 N. Broadway, Suite 329 
Chicago, IL 60640
Phone: (773) 303-0700
Fax: (773) 303- 0702

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CLIENTS

Sharon Rapoport

Location: Chicago

LIFT-Chicago client Sharon Rapoport is not your ordinary 66 year old. Sharon was recently accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Ghana, Africa in June 2013 to teach art to deaf students. After working on her Peace Corps application for over a year with LIFT student advocates, Sharon will fulfill her lifelong dream of serving abroad.

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Marc Alampi

Location: Chicago

After moving out of his old apartment, Marc Alampi needed help recovering his security deposit from his former landlord.  LIFT-Chicago connected him to free legal aid, where lawyers were able to obtain a ruling that forced the landlord to reimburse the deposit plus damages to Marc.

He returned to LIFT for help with additional issues, but struggled to make much progress when he jumped back and forth between projects.  LIFT worked with Marc to channel his focus on immediate needs and long-term goals, first concentrating on obtaining better housing.  Marc says, “Volunteers have helped me organize my life and helped me work towards my goals. By working with me to set goals, timelines, and priorities, they have given me direction and helped with my personal decision-making.”

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Van Lewis

Location: Chicago

When the Chicago Housing Authority’s Section 8 office lost the majority of its funding, Van Lewis’s job as a file clerk disappeared.  With only a meager income of unemployment checks and food stamps to support himself, he was forced to relocate to a shelter.  Although he was able to obtain a new job at O’Hare International Airport, the upheaval had eaten away at his savings and he could not afford a new home.  His early hours at the airport forced him to wake up at 4:00AM for a two-hour commute, and with shelter activity not quieting down until late evening hours, the situation quickly proved unsustainable.

After being turned away from various overburdened agencies or placed on various waitlists and shuffled between caseworkers—even losing his place on a waitlist because his paperwork was lost in the process of a caseworker transition—Van received a referral to LIFT.

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Frantz Pierre

Frantz Pierre had been a client at LIFT-Evanston for several years, seeking LIFT’s assistance when he was searching for a better job or needed information.  With a strong résumé and history working in the medical field, Frantz could normally work with LIFT-Evanston and bounce back quickly from a job loss.  LIFT-Evanston had helped him land two positions previously, including a temporary assignment at a local hospital, which turned into a full-time job within three weeks.  But after he was laid off from his position at a cancer treatment facility in 2008, getting back into the workforce proved unusually difficult for him.

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Carlton Berry

Location: Chicago
Affiliation: LIFT-Evanston

Carlton Berry had recently been laid off from his job and was visiting the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) for unemployment benefits when he found LIFT-Evanston.  In need of guidance with his unemployment claim and interested in LIFT’s other services, Carlton scheduled an appointment and met with volunteers.

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VOLUNTEERS

Zachariah’s Story: Committed to Putting People First

Location: Chicago
Affiliation: Loyola University

When LIFT members from Chicago’s Uptown office meet Zachariah, they often compliment his laid back personality, understanding, practicality in meetings, as well as his beard. It’s not hard to like him--he always comes into the office with a bright attitude and quirky jokes. Having found LIFT through Loyola University’s School of Social Work in 2012, Zachariah spends 15 hours a week working the front desk, spending and developing questionnaires that assess LIFT’s services for community members.

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Meet LIFT-Chicago Advocate, D'Angelo

Location: Chicago
Affiliation: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

D’Angelo is a graduate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he majored in sociology and minored in African American studies. He is a native of Chicago and particularly loves the variety of people he encounters on a daily basis in the city. He also loves that Chicago always has a number of events going on so he never has to worry about having something to do.

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Meet LIFT-Chicago Advocate, Julia

Location: Chicago
Affiliation: Wheaton College

A senior at Wheaton College, Julia Block spent her fall semester living in Chicago to complete a certificate in Urban Studies.  Julia thought that working with LIFT would be a perfect internship to compliment her passion for service while fulfilling the certificate’s requirements.

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Matt Forrest

Location: Chicago
Affiliation: Miami University
Read more about LIFT-Chicago Site Coordinator Matt Forrest and why he is committed to rallying more area college students than ever to serve with LIFT in an article published by the Chicago Tribune and the Southtown Star.
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Akhila Kolisetty age: 22

Location: Chicago
Affiliation: Northwestern University

LIFT-Evanston volunteer Akhila Kolisetty recently blogged about her transformative experience working with Evanston community members and the positive impact she has made for her clients, her city, and herself.  Read on to hear her eloquent personal account of her work with LIFT.

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