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The Renaissance Collaborative is a non-profit devoted to addressing the housing needs of low- and moderate-income residents in Chicago's near- and mid-south communities.
The centerpiece of TRC's work is The Renaissance Apartments and Fitness for Life Center, a 101-unit single room occupancy (SRO) living center with supportive services.
The Renaissance Apartments and Fitness for Life Center resides in a historic building that was once home to the Wabash YMCA. The Wabash Y was the hub of Black civic and social activity in the early 1900s. As Blacks migrated from the South to the North, the Wabash Y was the orientation center for new African American arrivals seeking a better way of life.
Today, The Renaissance Apartments and Life Center continues to help people improve and rebuild their lives. The facility offers health and wellness, continued recovery support, nutrition, mental and physical health services; employment education and training; job readiness, employment referrals and retention services as well as life management training.
Education and Employment: Entrepreneurship Seminars, GED, Computer Classes, Customer Service Training, Landscaping Training Program
Health and Wellness: AA/NA Meetings, Nutrition Classes, Counseling, Relapse Prevention
Life Skills: Criminal Expungement, Financial Literacy and IDA Program, Housing Referrals,Social Events