About Us

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.

Goals

Mission

Empowering people and changing lives.

Vision

A community of strong citizens, healthy families, and vibrant neighborhoods.

Strategy

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.

This includes:

  • 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

History

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.

Staff/Board

Leadership

Kathy Millin

Kathy Millin

Executive Director

kathy.millin@poc.news
Lisa Hanson-Braun

Lisa Hanson-Braun

Fund Developer

lisa.hanson-braun@poc.news
Cristina Correa

Cristina Correa

Youth Development & Family Engagement Program Director

cristina.correa@poc.news
Liza Gutierrez

Liza Gutierrez

Women’s Leadership Program Coordinator

liza.gutierrez@poc.news
Teresa Kelly

Teresa Kelly

Adult Literacy & Employment Program Director

teresa.kelly@poc.news
Rachel Lara

Rachel Lara

Youth & Family Specialist

rachel.lara@poc.news

Front Desk

Elisa Castanon

Elisa Castanon

Daytime Receptionist

Tahira Samuel

Tahira Samuel

Day/Nighttime Receptionist

Arturo Vega

Arturo Vega

Nighttime/Weekend Receptionist

Ceci Robles

Ceci Robles

Daytime Receptionist

Health & Wellness

Rose Jensen

Rose Jensen

Community Heath Nurse

rjensen@nch.org
Violeta Audelo-Solano

Violeta Audelo-Solano

Community Health Worker

vaudeloso@nch.org

Bilingual Liaisons

Jazlynn Halloran

Jazlynn Halloran

Bilingual Liaison Coordinator

halloraj@ccsd15.net
Jenny Garcia-Macko

Jenny Garcia-Macko

Principal on Special Assignment

garciaj@ccsd15.net
Ana Flores

Ana Flores

Bilingual Liaison

pdsanaf@gmail.com
Violeta Audelo-Solano

Violeta Audelo-Solano

Bilingual Liaison

vdesolano@gmail.com
Gloria Perez

Gloria Perez

Bilingual Liaison

balliguii@gmail.com
Rosy Rodriguez

Rosy Rodriguez

Bilingual Liaison

Laura Ramirez

Laura Ramirez

Bilingual Liaison

lunalluvia822@gmail.com

Executive Board

Anthony Auston

Anthony Auston

Secretary

Mt. Prospect Library
Jeff Kreye

Jeff Kreye

Vice-President

Community Volunteer
Kathy Millin

Kathy Millin

Executive Director

Partners for Our Communities
Seth Moland-Kovash

Seth Moland-Kovash

President

All Saints Lutheran Church
Andrea Fiebig

Andrea Fiebig

Treasurer

William Rainey Harper College
Dr. Cheryl Wolfel

Dr. Cheryl Wolfel

Executive At Large

CCSD15

Board Members

Karen Baker

Karen Baker

Northwest Community Healthcare

Jeannie Dilger

Jeannie Dilger

Palatine Public Library

Nancy Grybash

Nancy Grybash

Community Volunteer

Don Hill

Don Hill

Wintrust Financial

Kollin Kozlowski

Kollin Kozlowski

Community Volunteer

Dr. John McGillen

Dr. John McGillen

Community Volunteer

Steve Nagle

Steve Nagle

Palatine Park District

Dorothy Ogurek

Dorothy Ogurek

Community Volunteer

Gary Pilafas

Gary Pilafas

Community Volunteer

 Jerry Trevino

Jerry Trevino

Township High School District 211

Michael Vargas

Michael Vargas

Palatine Police Department

About Us

Finances

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.

Our annual audit is available upon request. Please click below to receive your copy.

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1585 N. Rand Road, Palatine, IL 60074 • Map Us
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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.