Last year, The Renaissance Collaborative, Inc. (TRC) asked its sponsors to help us pay tribute to the historic former Wabash Y building that has provided 100 years of services to the community. It is 1 of the 9 anchoring structures making up Bronzeville Historic District. TRC redeveloped this historic place returning it to the community in 2000. It now serves as TRC’s headquarters offering permanent supportive housing, educational and employment services to over 200 participants a year.
This year 2014, we are moving forward providing permanent supportive housing to homeless adults, senior housing, and workforce development services, including our own social venture initiative Bronzeville Green landscaping services. Will you join us?
339 N. Dearborn St. Chicago, IL
Thursday, October 30, 2014
All dollars benefit
T R A N S P O R TAT I O N
This sponsorship assists residents with transportation costs such as 30 day bus passes,
getting to first interviews and traveling to work each day before the first paycheck.
M O V E - I N
This sponsorship assists residents with costs associated with move in such as starter kits
which contain house hold items like a broom, cleaning supplies, and toiletries.
R E N T
This sponsorship assists residents by funding an internal emergency fund for difficulty
with paying rent, help with first month's rent, or pay for 2 resident's 1 month rent.
L I F E S K I L L S
This sponsorship assists residents deemed unbankable become banked as well as
provides opportunities for exposure to cultural opportunities like plays and museums.
W E L L N E S S
This sponsorship assists residents with medical needs like prescriptions, dental work,
eye exams and other needs not covered by insurance as well as nutrition classes.
E D U C AT I O N
This sponsorship assists residents with registration for GED tests, provides assistance
with book purchases, registration fees for school and also first uniform purchases.
We look forward to having you with us at our fantastic event along with:
WGNTV-News at Nine’s Micah Materre
Marlow Colvin: Vice President of Government Affairs at ComEd
Ken Rapier: President of the Chicago DODO Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen Inc
Dr. Conrad Worrill: Director of the Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies
Live Music By
Greta Pope Entertainment
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Parking is included in the purchase of Gala ticket. Sponsors and guest parking is free
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Yes you must present you Eventbrite ticket at door
When & Where
The Renaissance Collaborative
TRC is a nonprofit in Bronzeville that works to service its underprivileged residents. Programs are aimed to help the homeless, the elderly, ex-offenders, children, working parents and those with little to no computer experience. We are welcoming and accepting of all people regardless of age, race, religion, color, sex, national origin or sexual orientation.
The Wabash Y was the hub of Black civic and social activity in the early 1900s. As Blacks migrated from the South to the North, the Wabash Y served as the orientation center for new African American arrivals seeking a better way of life. The YMCA was a social, spiritual and recreational center for blacks. One of its great historical legacies is its claim as the birthplace of Black History Month. In 1926, the idea for a Negro History Week was formulated there by scholar Dr. Carter G. Woodson. In 1976, this celebration became Black History Month. Declining membership and deterioration of the building led to its closing in 1981. In the late 1990′s, however, a nine-million dollar renovation project was undertaken by TRC to return to the building to its rightful condition.
Today, The Renaissance Apartments and Fitness for Life Center continues to help people improve and rebuild their lives. The facility offers comprehensive supportive services that have enabled its residents to regain their place in their families and communities. The services focus on three components: Health and Wellness, Employment and Education, and Life Skills. All services and programs are free to the participants and are designed to help them achieve self-sufficiency and a better quality of life.
The success in working with the homeless population prepared the agency to address other challenges facing the communities it serves. In 2004, TRC answered the call for supporting seniors raising dependents. In 2008, TRC launched its firs work force pilot initiative, and in 2009, launched Bronzeville Green, a social venture initiative of TRC.
In 2012, the Board of TRC restructured the agency to have more oversight over the board range of programs: Under the new structure, the agency has three business units: Residential Development, includes Renaissance Apartments (101 units) and TRC Senior Village (currently 71 units); Workforce Development for Bronzeville Work, and Bronzeville Green, and Commercial Development, currently hosting Bronzeville Retail Initiative developing an interactive website and developing a community resource center. The Board of TRC will make a final decision in July if it will pursue this business area, beyond the development of its Bronzeville Work facility.