Opening Doors To What's Possible
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We are Opening Doors to What's Possible for the North Lawndale Community.


Brenda Palms among honorees in iHeartMedia
'Women Who WIN' Class of 2022

Read the full press release here.

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The North Lawndale Employment Network (NLEN) serves under- and unemployed residents of the North Lawndale neighborhood and surrounding communities. Our clients include citizens returning from incarceration and others who face the day-to-day hardships of living without enough income to support themselves and their families.


The North Lawndale community is rich in history and was once a major industrial corridor that was home to Sears, Roebuck, and Co. world headquarters.


Due to the recession, North Lawndale’s unemployment rate rose from an estimated 26% in 2000 to approximately 40% in 2012.


Forty-five percent of North Lawndale households live below the Federal Poverty Level and 57% of adults in North Lawndale have a history with the criminal justice system.


Our programs also attract job seekers from across the city.



Clients Served


Financial Services and Workshops

3 out of 4

Increase monthly income, net worth & FICO score


Clients returned to prison in the last 3 years


We are proud to be the recipient of the Citi Foundation Progress Maker Award. This award helps us spread the word about our mission and work far and wide.

We’re featured in this fantastic CityLab article on social enterprises who are "