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Pilsen (Lower West Side)

The Resurrection Project

Year founded



Raul Raymundo

Executive Director

NCP staff

Ulises Zatarain

NCP director

Danilo Aguilar

NCP organizer

Contact information

1818 S. Paulina Ave. Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 666-1323 phone
(312) 942-1123 fax

Organization mission

To build relationships and challenge people to act on their faith and values, creating healthy communities through organizing, education and community development.

Vision for the future

To create the cornerstone of a new, mixed income, predominantly Mexican community with strong cultural identity, faith and values that will be "vibrant, colorful, folkloric, beautiful" and serve as the cultural center of the Mexican population in the Midwest.

Accomplishments to date

The Resurrection Project is a faith-based community organization founded by a coalition of Pilsen churches. The group has built more than 136 affordable, for-sale houses and helped more than 1,000 families to own and maintain the American Dream. Other developments include the 83-unit Casa Puebla apartments, Paulo Freire daycare center and an employment center in partnership with Instituto del Progreso Latino.

TRP was awarded the 1998 Fannie Mae Foundation Maxwell Sustained Excellence Award, the 1999 Chicago Spirit Award from the Sara Lee Foundation and the 1999 BP Amoco Leader Award.

Before becoming a lead agency in the New Communities Program, TRP participated in LISC/Chicago’s New Communities Initiative. In 2000 it published a quality-of-life plan that calls for more affordable houses and apartments, a dormitory for local college students and development of a Mexican-style plaza at 18th and Paulina.

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