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FOC/CWF Video Feature - North Lawndale Employment Network

Published: June 23, 2015

The North Lawndale Employment Network (NLEN), founded in 1999, operates one of Chicago’s oldest Financial Opportunity Centers (FOC).

A member of the LISC Chicago FOC network, the organization provides a three-pronged approach to helping residents reach solid financial footing. Through employment services, public benefits screening and comprehensive financial coaching, NLEN offers a means by which Chicagoans can begin to envision a stable, comfortable future.

“Every client that walks through our door is at a different stage in life, and we have to know that, understand that in order to get them to where they’re trying to be,” says FOC Director Pauline Sylvain-Lewis.

North Lawndale, on the city’s West Side, is a community in which a large number of residents find their employment prospects hampered by prior interactions with the criminal justice system. As a result, NLEN’s efforts to help residents secure employment, develop financial literacy skills and draft a plan for long-term growth are especially important as a means of neighborhood stabilization.

Learn more about the NLEN FOC in this week’s installment of the LISC Chicago FOC/CWF video series. Check back with every Tuesday between now and July 14 to learn more about another FOC/CWF in the LISC Chicago network.

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