The Resurrection Project breathes new life into Chicago

Jul 17, 2015

The Resurrection Project (TRP) is a powerful social enterprise that blends community development, community organizing and advocacy with human service delivery to create vibrant neighborhoods in Chicago. The organization has leveraged over $346 million in community investment to create affordable housing, health clinics and schools, and empower more than 38,500 individuals to become active in their communities through homeownership, small business development and civic responsibility.

The Resurrection Project takes a two-pronged approach, working to develop both physical spaces and human capital to revitalize communities. “What makes our organization unique is that we are comprehensive,” said Raul Raymundo, CEO of The Resurrection Project. “We work to improve the community in key areas such as housing, financial empowerment, economic development, education, health and civic engagement. They are all connected.”

What makes our organization unique is that we are comprehensive.

Raul Raymundo, CEO of The Resurrection Project
The Resurrection Project

In 2009, Bank of America named The Resurrection Project a Neighborhood Builder, providing a $200,000 unrestricted grant and leadership training for a senior and emerging leader. The award enabled the nonprofit to take the next step in articulating and implementing its vision – and hiring a vice president of operations and finance who is now the organization’s chief operating officer. “The award allowed us to move that strategic plan off the shelf and into a place where we can communicate with partners about how we want to implement change,” said Raymundo. “The resources also allowed us to attract and train talent.”

Being a Neighborhood Builder helped ensure the organization’s stability during an important period in its history, when it was adding new programs and opportunities for families. This October marks 25 years of building healthy communities; in a quarter of a century, The Resurrection Project has worked tirelessly to make Chicago neighborhoods better.


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