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.



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.

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


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.



Kathy Millin

Executive Director

Lisa Hanson-Braun

Fund Developer

Cristina Correa

Youth Development & Family Engagement Program Director

Liza Gutierrez

Women’s Leadership & Community Navigator Programs Coordinator

Teresa Kelly

Adult Literacy & Employment Program Director

Rachel Lara

Youth & Family Specialist

Front Desk

Elisa Castanon

Daytime Receptionist

Arturo Vega

Nighttime/Weekend Receptionist

Ceci Robles

Daytime Receptionist

Health & Wellness

Rose Jensen

Community Heath Nurse


Violeta Audelo-Solano

Community Health Worker


Bilingual Liaisons

Jazlynn Halloran

Bilingual Liaison Coordinator


Jenny Garcia-Macko

Principal on Special Assignment


Ana Flores

Bilingual Liaison


Violeta Audelo-Solano

Bilingual Liaison


Gloria Perez

Bilingual Liaison


Rosy Rodriguez

Bilingual Liaison

Laura Ramirez

Bilingual Liaison


Executive Board

Jeff Kreye


Community Volunteer

Kathy Millin

Executive Director

Partners for Our Communities

Seth Moland-Kovash


All Saints Lutheran Church

Andrea Fiebig


William Rainey Harper College

Board Members

Karen Baker

Northwest Community Healthcare

Jeannie Dilger

Palatine Public Library

Nancy Grybash

Community Volunteer

Don Hill

Community Volunteer

Kollin Kozlowski

Community Volunteer

Dr. John McGillen

Community Volunteer

Steve Nagle

Palatine Park District

Dorothy Ogurek

Community Volunteer

Gary Pilafas

Community Volunteer

Jaquese Gilbert

Township High School District 211

Michael Vargas

Palatine Police Department

About Us


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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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.