Parker Honored with Casa Central’s Community Builder Award!

Casa Central recently honored Parker with its Community Builder Award! A nonprofit social service agency in Humboldt Park, Casa Central aims to transform lives and strengthen communities, with a special emphasis on the LatinX community, through a network of services that propel a diverse population of all ages towards self-sufficiency.

For more than a decade, Parker has helped to advance Casa Central’s mission by bringing student volunteers to engage with its participants and enhance their programming. The organization formally recognized Parker at its 19th Annual Awards Dinner at the Hilton in early October. Principal Dan Frank accepted the award, cheered on by the entire Admission Office, Head of the Middle School John Novick and teachers Marcie Frasz, Kate Tabor and Liz Villagomez, who currently supervise students volunteering at the site.

Director of Enrollment and Financial Aid Karen G. Fisher, who volunteers at Casa Central and serves on its Board of Directors, has a personal connection: her father helped to found the organization more than 60 years ago. She reconnected Parker with Casa when her daughter entered Middle School 13 years ago. In its original incarnation, the agency, based on the settlement house model, was a place of welcome and hope for disenfranchised immigrants arriving in Chicago. Today, the agency continues to thrive and provide necessary services to Chicago’s Hispanic community. Serving more than 11,000 participants, Casa’s programming includes Headstart, Violence Prevention for Teens, Homelessness Empowerment and Day Care for the Elderly and much more.

Parker is proud and honored to receive the Community Builder Award for our commitment to Casa’s mission and looks forward to continued partnership into perpetuity.

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