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Service to our community has been a defining characteristic of what it means to be a Cardinal since the college's inception. As we welcome our newest President to the cardinal family, we continue that tradition with the President's Invitation to Serve event. On May 19th at 1pm, volunteers will gather at Kiekhofer Hall before traveling to neighboring Aurora to serve with Emmanuel House.
A '99 alum of North Central and current Assistant Chief of Staff for the City of Aurora, Rick Guzman began the mission of Emmanuel House (formerly Bryan House) in 2002 with his wife Desiree. Striving to help refugee and low-income families break the cycle of working-class poverty through homeownership, Emmanuel House provides approved families the opportunity to save 18 months of market-rate rent toward the purchase of a home.
Volunteers will assist with two projects:
- Gardening plot project creating self-sustaining, organic community gardens, initiated by NCC's SIFE student organization
- Desconstruction, transportation and rebuilding of a playground for immigrant families at the organization's 314 Claim St. property.
Volunteers will meet at Koten Chapel (329 E. School St.) and then travel to the Emmanuel House site together (314 Claim St., Aurora). Transportation will be provided from North Central.
NOTE: Please dress appropriately for outdoor gardening work. Feel free to bring gloves or other gardening tools. Some tools will be provided.
Emmanuel House CDC is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to helping working-class families save and work their way out of poverty in a responsible & dignified manner. In close collaboration with our partner organizations, qualified families are selected and subsequently given the opportunity to live in one of our apartments – usually for about 18 months. Families pay market rate rent just as they would anywhere else, but by leveraging a variety of created and existing resources, an entire year's rent (usually about $10,000) is channeled into each family’s savings to provide a down-payment on their first home thereby eliminating the primary and often sole barrier—the ability to save a down-payment—to homeownership.