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PRC Stories

Seeing PRC through Pam's eyes
"PRC has given me an awareness of people’s struggles and their beauty and goodness."

After a 30-year career with People’s Resource Center, first as a volunteer and then as Literacy Coordinator, Pam Knight retired in June. She shared reflections about her work and her gratitude for the PRC community.

“PRC has given me an awareness of people’s struggles and their beauty and goodness,” she said in her soft-spoken voice.  “It also gave me the opportunity to do what I’ve been meant to do. I can’t imagine what I would have done...

Meet PRC-SE Volunteer Rosalie Mensinga

Volunteering at PRC since:
August 2011


What I do at PRC:
On Tuesdays, I do intake, and on Friday mornings, I restock the shelves in the food pantry. My husband Mike also volunteers on Fridays, too!


Favorite PRC memory:
Meeting all the people of different walks of life is so inspiring, because they touch my life as well. Also, being able to use my second language of Spanish is good...

Refurbishing Volunteer Bill Moore

Volunteering at PRC since:



What I do at PRC:

Computer refurbishing and repair.


Favorite PRC memory:
Working with Frank Goetz. He was the person who started the Computer Refurbishing program to lessen the digital divide. He not only was interested in the “big picture,” but also was compassionate to individuals such as myself.


Why I love the...

Hope and Opportunity
“I love [PRC] because you can find people that really help with what you need. And when I come, I see you helping a lot of people the same way you helped me.”

For twelve years, Carlos Cohenete of Glen Ellyn has been a part of the People’s Resource Center community. The soft-spoken 32-year-old came to the US from Mexico in 2001 and in that time he has participated in just about every program PRC offers.


“I left high school in Mexico to come live with my brother,” he said.  Job opportunities were scarce back home. 


Carlos found an entry-level job in a local restaurant and worked hard...

Diane Virella - In Her Own Words
"I am confident and prepared for my new job because of the preparation tools provided by PRC."

Diane Virella was unemployed and in need of food when she visited PRC’s food pantry. While there, she spied a flyer describing Microsoft Office Specialist Certification classes. These classes, which are part of the Job Assistance Program, offer certification in Microsoft Office programs. She signed up and began to utilize other job-related services at PRC such as: Job Assistance, the professional portrait and Poised for Success. Using the skills she learned at PRC, Diane found a...