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PRC Stories

An artist is born
“The Art Studio is my home. I go whenever I can.”

Paul DiVolpi always wanted to be an artist, but he credits the PRC Art Program with making him successful. “My first project looked like a 5th grader did it,” he laughs.

“But I did it over and over and now I produce art that I’ve sold and pieces used in PRC materials and notecards.”

Paul came to the PRC Art Studio in 2015 after hearing about free classes. He is currently studying watercolors with professional watercolorist Ratindra Das....

Perseverance Brings Job Success
"When I found [PRC] our lives improved so much."

“PRC introduced me to America in a good way,” said 68-year-old Onward Ushewokunze, “From receptionists to the teachers at PRC, all are fantastic.”

Onward has been a client with PRC since 2009, when he arrived in the United States from Zimbabwe. Even with his upbeat personality and nonstop smile, he was unable to find a job. “I had no skills,” he said, and though he was a certified auto mechanic in both countries, he was unable to master the...

PRC Is Our Miracle
"PRC is our miracle"

You can tell a lot about people based on how they fare when facing adversity.  Some people give up.  Others, like Nicole and Matt, hunker down and move forward, determined to get past the hardships in their path.

Nicole was an engineering consultant for Motorola when an illness left her legally blind.  Soon after, she had a stroke, and became unable to work. The resulting stress took a toll on her marriage. Ultimately, her husband filed for divorce, and the family home...

Mathew Williamson
“I was [getting money] turning in scrap metal. I was doing that to eat.”

A few years ago, Mathew Williamson was a client at People’s Resource Center. “I was a mover for over 16 years, but when the industry slowed down, I lost my job,” he said.

“I was [getting money] turning in scrap metal.  I was doing that to eat.”

Through his neighbors in the community, Mathew was introduced to PRC. “I couldn’t pay my bills or rent, so I came to PRC for food,” he recalled.  “I was so embarrassed to be...

Julissa Amaro Mata
“I am glad to help PRC and other persons.”

As one of 2,000 volunteers at People’s Resource Center, Julissa Amaro Mata tutors and teaches computer skills to Spanish-speaking clients on Saturday mornings at St. Paul’s church in Wheaton. But during the week, she becomes a student, learning English with a PRC tutor and taking English classes at COD.

Julissa has been in Wheaton for a year, and has taken PRC English classes at Faith Lutheran Church in Glen Ellyn. But volunteering has always been a part of her life.