Rooted in a rich history of social services, Onward House has moved to a new neighborhood to support and empower the community through Early Childhood Education programs, adult education and computer training and employment assistance.
In 2018, Onward Neighborhood House celebrates 125 years as a community resource – we have succeeded for over a century by developing programs to meet the emerging needs of our neighbors.
In the early 20th century, the West Town community needed food, clothing and shelter – and Onward House responded. Today, affordable child care, adult education, and job seeking assistance rank among the Belmont Cragin community’s greatest needs. Our newly opened Community Education & Resource Center provides adult education programming and workshops – right down the street from our Early Childhood Education facility. Together these facilities provide opportunities to impact two generations at once and empower families and individuals to lead better lives.
Education is the cornerstone of Onward Neighborhood House programming. We provide educational opportunities for all ages.
Onward House provides support to families in crisis through a Food Pantry, and connections to resources and other partnership organizations.
Onward House provides job readiness classes and one-on-one assistance for job seekers, as well as computer classes and resources for entrepreneurs.
The success of Onward Neighborhood House is made possible because of the generosity of our donors. Onward House welcomes monetary gifts of all sizes. We also welcome donated items and the service of volunteers.
Your contributions allow us to maintain the high level of quality educational and community-based services in light of increasing operating costs. Onward House only spends 3% of our funds on fundraising costs.
Onward Neighborhood House is now serving the Belmont Cragin community with the newly completed Hank and Kim Marshall Community Resource & Education Center!
“There is a need for higher-paying jobs and career training opportunities that address our specific population mix including recent immigrants, undocumented residents, limited English-speaking residents and re-entry citizens”
In FY17, we served:
- Approximately 950 families and impacted 5,500 individuals
- 843 individuals for Adult Education classes
- 180 children in Early Childhood Education programming
- 30 children with disabilities
- 58 Youth in School Age program
- 41,134 lbs of food and helped up to 67 individuals per week in our Food Pantry
“I had never touched a computer before, and because of Onward House, now, I can do so much. They were willing to teach me everything.