50 years of El Valor.
This year, El Valor is celebrating its 50th Anniversary. El Valor will host their largest fundraiser of the year, the Don Quixote Gala, at The Field Museum of Natural History to celebrate this achievement.
El Valor began with bravery and determination. Our fearless founder, Mrs. Guadalupe Reyes, did not settle when the community was lacking programming for her adult son with disabilities. She and a group of Pilsen mothers came together to establish El Valor in the basement of a church to do what no one else wanted to do, and revolutionized services for the Spanish speaking community.
Since its founding, El Valor has grown to thirteen different facilities including four Children and Family Centers and six residential homes serving over 4,000 of the most vulnerable in the Chicagoland area annually. El Valor offers inclusive dual language early childhood education with a focus on STEAM and innovation, as well as housing and programs for adults with intellectual disabilities. The families of those in the programs receive access to various resources including mental health support groups, advocacy workshops, and various certification classes to help them gain valuable skills.
Despite obstacles over the years, El Valor has held true to our mission and the passion of our founder to continue fighting for our community. Through the support of our staff, partners, and exemplary leadership like yours, we have persevered and grown into the organization you know today.
Representative Elizabeth Hernandez
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El Valor currently has six community residences that are home to 50 adults with disabilities. On your next shopping trip, please consider picking up an item or two from our wish list! Items can be dropped off at our Main Office (1850 W, 21st St, Chicago, IL 60608) Monday through Friday from 8am to 4pm.
Our residences are in high need of the following items that can be found on our Amazon Wish List.
General support is important so that we can allocate your contribution to where the needs are the greatest. Programs funded by general support donations include our children’s program serving over 3,000 children and their families, and adult program, serving over 1,000 individuals with disabilities in our community.