READI CHICAGO IS AN INNOVATIVE RESPONSE TO GUN VIOLENCE IN CHICAGO.

We relentlessly engage men who are most highly impacted by gun violence, and connect them to paid transitional jobs, cognitive behavioral therapy, and support services.

Real Love
Chicago Bears rehab HHCS’s Austin West Side Hub

Chicago Bears Chairman George McCaskey, more than 50 Bears staffers, and youth from My Block, My Hood, My City gathered alongside READI Chicago participants to rehab HHCS’s new West Side Hub.

Real Talk
Celebrating civil rights and Independence Day

This Independence Day, Heartland Alliance and READI Chicago staff are actively discussing the importance of civil rights with participants by uplifting the ability to make themselves heard through voting, while also acknowledging the work still to come.

Real Love
I learn stuff in READI Chicago every day. I’m just trying to pay it forward and help whoever I can, just like they’re helping me.
Real Hope
The program has changed my life. It works on my thinking… If I can get up to do negative, I can get up to do positive.
Be Bold
Jobs, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) & Support Services

READI Chicago relentlessly engages men most highly impacted by gun violence through employment in paid transitional jobs, cognitive behavioral therapy and support services in order to help them create a viable path for a different future, and to help reduce violence in the city’s most impacted neighborhoods.

Real Love
I’ve never been a part of an organization where I see such commitment and passion about an initiative and about caring for humanity.
JAQUELINE SUMMERVILLE-WHITE
Austin and West Garfield Park Community Project Manager
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MONTH PROGRAM CAREER PATHWAY

Participants engage in 18 months of paid transitional employment with regular participation in cognitive behavioral therapy, skill-building, and support services, plus an additional six months of follow-up case management and coaching support.

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COMMUNITIES

The program launched in fall 2017 through a collaboration with seven local partner organizations.

490
EMPLOYED

We are evaluating the program to test whether it works, and we have a goal of employing 500 men by spring 2019.

Data as of May 31, 2019

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR LOCAL PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS, EVALUATION PARTNERS, AND FUNDERS FOR THEIR STRONG COMMITMENT AND COLLABORATION IN READI CHICAGO:

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