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PRC Stories

Cuirong Jevne: Passing the GED
“There are so many things I want to learn.”

With the help of PRC, Cuirong Jevne, a 25-year-old Lombard resident who is originally from China, is studying to pass her GED test (high school equivalency).  She’s already passed four of the five subjects – math, science, reading, and social studies – but needs to pass the writing portion of the test to get her GED certificate.

“The math and science were easier to pass, since I studied those subjects in China,” she said. “I also knew Chinese...

Making Ends Meet for a Military Family
Julie and Mike say that they don't know what they would have done without assistance from Family Connections…the help was “a godsend” for them.

The birth of their first child was supposed to be a joyful occasion for “Mike,” a veteran, and his wife, “Julie”.  But while they were awaiting the baby's arrival, Julie was suddenly let go from her job.  They were devastated—the family needed income from Julie's job to get them through the summer because Mike's job is seasonal.  Julie suspected she had been a victim of...

Finding Meaning in Life: Frank Goetz, volunteer & founder of PRC's computer program
I talked to close to a thousand such people. Virtually all - even those doing court appointed community service – wanted to “give back.”

“For most of my life I struggled to raise a family and make a living.  Until I was able to retire – a luxury my father and most of his generation never experienced – I had very little time, energy, and resources to give to others.  All my life my faith told me that I was ignoring the larger human family, and I felt guilty.  Then, almost magically, I found myself with Social...

Bill Thompson: Making a Difference
“Opportunities to meet new people and establish new friendships are rewarding, but to see the gleam in someone's eye or the smile on their face brings joy to all of us who volunteer."

Bill Thompson has been volunteering with People's Resource Center for more than six years.  He started volunteering on a weekly basis, along with his wife Melody, after his retirement from AT&T.  Bill's primary role as a volunteer is with PRC's computer training program.

Ruben Leiva: The Road to Citizenship
“I feel better now that I don't have a travel problem. And I voted in the elections. I'm going to retire next year and I feel good.”

With only a second-grade education, Ruben Leiva, of Batavia, left El Salvador for a better life in the United States. “Life was bad over there,” he explained, “The war was killing a lot of people.” Once here, he added, “My wife got her citizenship in the 1990's and three of my 4 boys had U.S. citizenship too. But I didn't know if I could do it.”