Video highlights from our Grand Opening on August 26, 2021. 


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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 "building businesses and hope, one person at a time"


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We are honored to help the most vulnerable residents gain skills and confidence to support their families and move towards economic prosperity.

Each donation made to NLEN generates returns to society in the form of:

  • Taxable wages and benefits

  • Reduced dependence on food assistance, housing subsidies, and other aid programs

  • Lower rates of recidivism, which means fewer property crimes, as well as reduced trial costs and prison/jail operating costs

Help us continue this important work.


Other Ways To Give


Shop online at any one of 1700+ popular online retailers like eBay, Bed Bath & Beyond, and JC Penney.


You’ll earn cash back, and you can choose to donate a percentage of that cash back to us! Let’s change the world together—one purchase at a time.


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For every qualifying Amazon purchase, Amazon Smile will donate .5% of the price to North Lawndale Employment Network.

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As we remain committed to our strategic goal to reduce the unemployment rate in North Lawndale by 10 percent in five years, we are pleased to share our vision to create a new campus for NLEN.


We have launched The Campaign That Works to raise funds to purchase and redevelop the property at 1111 S. Homan Ave. in 2019-2020.

Learn more about plans for the campus and tax-deductible donation opportunities.



Get in Touch! 

Want more information on NLEN or our programs? Please feel free to contact us by email, phone, or fill out the form below.

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Our Locations

1111 S. Homan Ave. Chicago, IL 60624

Phone: 773-638-1825
Hours: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm 



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