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Success Stories

We're proud of the impact that our programs can have on our guests. Below are some of our stories of interest.

Success Stories

Kenny's Story

Earlier this summer, CHI guest Kenny Simmons shared happy news with us: He got the job he'd applied for and is now gainfully employed as a teacher's assistant at a local grade school. We couldn't be more pleased and want to share Kenny's story with you! ...

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Lamont Simmons

MEET LAMONT SIMMONS Lamont is a very creative person.  He is involved with CHI’s Gardening Cub and is designing a butterfly garden at One East Superior.  In addition to working in the gardens, he always is working on his art.  See a pencil sketch he...

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Rodney Hall

"CHI has a nice laid-back relaxing environment. They welcome you with open arms, and it feels like home here each Wednesday. I also really got a lot of out of Carol's Smoking Cessation program which allowed me to cut back significantly.  Even though I'm still struggling...

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Vernon Esmond



"When I first entered the smoking program I thought that there would be hollering and they would be making me feel bad about my habit, but it's quite the opposite.  The program is there to remind you that it's up to you to get healthy, but...

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One of Barry's photos, featured in our 2009 calendar.

Success Stories

Meet Barry Gold

Barry Gold is a regular guest of The Chicago Help Initiative (CHI) and an avid photographer. Barry’s photographs have been featured in two of our calendar projects and capture the essence of Chicago – from beautiful gardens, buildings and cityscapes, to our iconic lake at sunrise and the...

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