Partners for Our Communities is a one-stop shop trusted by families to address their many needs. We empower underserved people to develop self-sufficiency and become leaders in their communities.
Empowering people and changing lives.
A community of strong citizens, healthy families, and vibrant neighborhoods.
To coordinate community resources and engage skilled staff, service providers and volunteers to provide direct services and referrals to those who are seeking an improved future in the community.
- Providing survival skills needed to navigate in a changing and complex world
- Removing barriers and linking individuals and families to community resources and services
- Bringing personal awareness of one’s potential while honoring one’s heritage
- Serving as a site for continuing education, life skills training, and volunteer vocational advancement
In the late 1990’s, leaders from Palatine and surrounding suburbs came together to assess and address the needs of their community. This collaborative committee, called Vision in Progress, noticed the increase in immigrant and low-income residents and the needs for services in the northeast Palatine Township. Families in the area, due to language and economic barriers, found it challenging to access basic health, wellness, education, and social service resources. As a result, securing employment was challenging. Vision in Progress determined that a community center could best meet these needs by coordinating supportive and integrated services.
In 1998, Northwest Community Hospital (NCH) of Arlington Heights, with additional support from an anonymous donor, purchased a building at 1585 N. Rand Road in Palatine and converted the space into a community resource center. The hospital partnered with the Cook County Bureau of Health Services to open a health clinic that would serve as the primary medical provider in the center. Other providers joined the resource center to complement these health services by providing education, fitness, and many social services.
Although NCH financially supports the building, the not-for-profit organization, Partners for Our Communities (POC), established in 1994, coordinates the services of the providers and employs a skilled staff that provides multilingual direct services, referrals, programs, and other assistance to community members who seek to improve their lives.
Youth Development & Family Engagement Program Director
Women’s Leadership Program Coordinator
Adult Literacy & Employment Program Director
Youth & Family Specialist
Health & Wellness
Community Heath Nurse
Community Health Worker
Bilingual Liaison Coordinator
Principal on Special Assignment
Mt. Prospect Library
Partners for Our Communities
All Saints Lutheran Church
William Rainey Harper College
Dr. Cheryl Wolfel
Executive At Large
Northwest Community Healthcare
Palatine Public Library
Dr. John McGillen
Palatine Park District
Township High School District 211
Palatine Police Department
We are dedicated to being transparent with our funders about how we make our work happen. We want to ensure our donors that every dollar is being maximized to make a change in people’s lives.
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Partners for Our Communities (POC) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.
As such, donations are tax-deductible.
POC is committed to providing equal opportunities to all employees, applicants for employment, and individuals and families to which services are provided, without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, religion, age, disability, results of genetic testing, or service in the military.