Garfield Park Rite to Wellness Collaborative

The Garfield Park Rite to Wellness Collaborative (GPRWC) is a group of residents, faith-based and health care institutions, nonprofits and other stakeholders that work and live in Garfield Park. We have come together to identify, promote and implement strategies to increase health and wellness in Garfield Park.

GPRWC community partners include Bethel New Life, Bobby E. Wright CBHC, Garfield Park Community Council, Habilitative Systems, Inc.⁠, Institute for Nonviolence Chicago, MAAFA Redemption Project,  The Community Builders, Rush University Medical Center, West Side United, YMCA, and more.

Visit ritetowellness.com to learn more about the GPRWC and get involved!

Community Plaza and Roller Rink on Madison

Saturday, June 5 marked the groundbreaking on a new community plaza and roller rink in West Garfield Park. This project is part of a joint initiative between Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, 28th Ward Alderman Jason Ervin, members of the Garfield Park Rite to Wellness Collaborative (including GPCC), residents, Studio Gang, and the Goldin Institute. The plans for this plaza emerged from community members as a way to create safe gathering spaces and opportunities for youth programming for residents of Garfield Park. 

Garfield Park Community Ambassador Program

The GPRWC has also volunteered with Studio Gang and the Goldin Institute to support the implementation of the City of Chicago’s Our City, Our Safety plan — a comprehensive plan to reduce violence now through 2023, starting with the Garfield Park Community Ambassador program. We are excited to continue gathering voices from the Garfield Park Community around increasing Neighborhood Safety. We are hoping that this program will give residents and community members a platform to voice their thoughts and aspirations around safety in Garfield Park. You can find more detailed information in this flyer. Interested collaborators can go to officially sign up through this Google Form. We are excited as a team to collaborate with willing participants to help us continue to engage the Garfield Park Community.

From the Studio Gang flyer

You can also get involved through Studio Gang’s Community Canvas initiative. They are looking for your thoughts on Legler Library, the vacant lot at Adams & Pulaski, and the intersection at Madison & Pulaski. These locations are part of a larger design focus area in West Garfield Park, spanning from Madison & Pulaski to Jackson & Pulaski. Download this printable drawing package to brainstorm your ideas for the area!

You can scan and email your ideas, thoughts & questions to 20043_cna@studiogang.com or reach out to them to set up a one-on-one sketching session.

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