• Vote for Sweet Beginnings in the Google Impact Challenge Award!

    We are buzzing with excitement to share with you that Sweet Beginnings has been selected as 1 of 10 winners in the Illinois Google.org Impact Challenge! This grant from Google will create more sweet job opportunities for people working to turn their lives around after incarceration and pollinate our model across the country. We need your help for the next step: we have the opportunity to win $250,000 in additional funding if we receive the most votes. Please vote at this link and share with your friends! Read More
  • 14th Annual Sweet Beginnings Tea

    You're invited to our 14th Annual Sweet Beginnings Tea! Please join us for a splendid afternoon of tea, beelove honey-infused drinks and delicacies, inspiring life stories, and an opportunity to meet our honorees and supporters. This year, we are celebrating Voice of the Voiceless honoree Evelyn Diaz, President of the Heartland Alliance, Creating a Community that Works partner honoree Michael Fisher and COUNTRY Financial, and client honorees Sadie Williams and Lenrow Felton. Read More
  • READI

    Learn about the Rapid Employment and Development Initiative
    that we're working on in partnership with Heartland Alliance
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NLEN is a CEDA Partner Site

To enroll in LIHEAP energy assistance, please visit NLEN on the 8th Floor of Nichols Tower, 906 S Homan Ave, Monday – Thursday, 9 am – 5 pm or Fridays 9 am – 1 pm. Click here to review program guidelines.

September 1: Households with person age 60+ OR household with a person receiving Social Security Benefits.
October 1: Household with disconnected utilities OR household with child under age 5
November 1: All eligible households

Our MissionNLEN is a proud member of the North Lawndale Community Coordinating Council, revitalizing North Lawndale through bold, community-led initiatives.

The North Lawndale Employment Network’s mission is to improve the earnings potential of the North Lawndale community through innovative employment initiatives that lead to economic advancement and an improved quality of life for residents.

We believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to work! More importantly, we also believe that our community flourishes when good jobs give residents both paychecks and self-worth.

We help unemployed and underemployed people in the North Lawndale neighborhood and beyond prepare for, find, and succeed at their jobs. Our clients are motivated, trained, equipped, and ready to work—qualities that employers value. We offer donors the chance to invest in an organization with a stellar track record of changing individual lives and improving the community’s quality of life, one person at a time, one job at a time.