Living within the neighborhood enables us to build relationships with neighbors, youth and community stakeholder. Through these relationships we strive to build a stronger community that is able to create an environment that supports and sustains our families and youth.
Directed at people who work in the community around the center, twice a year we offer a day where they can step out of their role as ministers and helpers to be personally re-energized by their faith. Past speakers have included Fr. Bob Schreiter, CPPS and Fr. Joe Nassal, CPPS.
“Radar” is a system of collaboration and ongoing confidential communication that better enables youth to grow and prosper in a supportive and supervised environment. Every other Tuesday Precious Blood representatives gather with representatives of various agencies, such as Youth Outreach and Catholic Charities, to see which youths are on our “radar screen”; that is, who needs assistance that requires a joint effort. Through this accompaniment the agencies of Radar seek to build a more peaceful neighborhood.
Peace and Education Coalition
The Peace and Education Coalition is a coalition of local churches, schools, law enforcement, businesses and community-based organizations working for an end to violence in the Back of the Yards/New City neighborhood of Chicago. The coalition convenes every third Wednesday at 10 am at 4747 S. Marshfield Avenue. The meeting is open to the public.
Through a host of encounters, we seek to support come to know one another and build a stronger coalition. Different groups (e.g. Su Casa, local Catholic Workers House) and individuals are welcomed to PBMR as we seek to strengthen our relationships and support one another’s work. We see the PBMR as an open space where people/groups can gather and find support. These community engagements celebrate our commitment to one another. Every Wednesday we pick up food from Trader Joes for distribution to our grateful neighbors.
Community Gardens (Vegetable and Peace)
In collaboration with Home Depot we continue to add garden boxes to our vegetable garden begun in 2012 with Neighborhood Works Day and Home Ownership Center volunteers. Neighbors garden and benefit from the produce. Flowers, trees, outdoor circle with fire ring and plans for further developing the Peace garden are gradually replacing the vacated area where the demolished convent and church once stood.