All posts by Josephine Chu

West Garfield Park program helps young men build a brighter future

By Josephine Chu
Medill Reports

The life expectancy in West Garfield Park is 16 years shorter than that of Chicago’s downtown area, making it the lowest in the city. One organization at New Mount Pilgrim Church is trying to help young men avoid the drugs and gun violence that threaten young lives in the community.

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A hundred-year-old tradition of delivering Passover meals feeds 15,000 Chicagoans

By Josephine Chu
Medill Reports

Volunteers from all over the city worked for weeks to make sure Passover celebrants had meals for the holiday.

They packaged ingredients needed for Passover Seder into boxes and delivered them to places like food pantries and senior living centers. The Jewish nonprofit Maot Chitim has been organizing this event for the last 100 years.

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Double amputee discovers new abilities through contemporary dance

By Josephine Chu
Medill Reports

Through contemporary dance, Kris Lenzo shows the world that disabled people are no different from other dancers.

Lenzo lost both legs in a work accident nearly 40 years ago but has stayed active since his injury. He played wheelchair basketball for years before transitioning to contemporary dance at Momenta Dance Company in Oak Park, Ill., in 2003. Lenzo performs in several group pieces, solo routines and partner dances throughout the year.

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