The Healing Corner started in the West Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago in response to a shooting that took place next to a prayer vigil. Realizing prayer circles were no longer enough, The Healing Corner community building events were created to engage the community in open dialogue.
The Healing Corner was launched in the Fall of 2015 by Arielle Maldonado and Krystal Robledo. The Healing Corner goes to different corners known for violence predominately on the West Side of Chicago and passes out free food, hugs and resources. We build a dialogue around the issue of violence while forming and maintaining community relationships. We put an emphasis on getting to know the young men and boys who hang out on the corner and guide them toward a positive path. We focus on staying in touch with the youth and families we meet through mentoring activities.
The Healing Corner also fosters collaboration with other community organizations. Our events predominately take place in the West Humboldt Park, Garfield Park and Austin neighborhoods. Through encouragement, guidance, resources and love we hope to change lives and create peace in our most troubled inner-city communities. We lead by example through educating and informing those most often on the streets.
HEAL Chicago stands for Hope, Empowerment, Atonement, and Love. The Healing Corner is a street outreach program of HEAL Chicago. We will soon be launching the opening of "The Healing House" a clubhouse for youth open every Friday in the West Garfield Park community. We plan to have game nights, movie nights and more. Stay tuned for further information.
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