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Brighton Park Neighborhood Network Partner Highlight: PODER

Anne**, a middle-aged mother of two, informed her case manager at Brighton Park Neighborhood Council (BPNC) of her interest in connecting with volunteer opportunities.

Anne’s case manager referred her to BPNN partner PODER to meet with a career coach. After meeting with Anne and further assessing her needs, PODER’s career coach connected her with BPNN partner Greater Chicago Food Depository, where Anne enrolled in their Certified Logistics and Warehouse Technician workforce development training program.

Not only did Anne successfully complete this training program, but she also found a job following her program completion. Anne was very excited about beginning her new job, but was concerned about the associated transportation costs in the weeks before she received her first paycheck. PODER’s career coach was able to assist her with applying for a mini-scholarship through their organization to assist with transportation costs. Within a week, Anne received $300 in mini-scholarship funds that her BPNC case manager personally delivered to her home.

Anne expressed appreciation to her career coach and case manager for supporting her during a difficult financial situation and making it possible for her to begin her new job. Anne’s story highlights the strength of the collective efforts of our BPNN partners in promoting the financial well-being of Brighton Park residents.

**Names have been changed for privacy.

Learn more about our partner organization, PODER, online at

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