Neighborhood resource center makes services accessible in Harrison Homes

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PEORIA, Ill. — A new resource center is now open in Harrison Homes.

At the center, neighbors will be able to stop in and chat with Angel Cruz. He’s a community outreach coordinator who will work at the center a few times every week.

“If they can’t come to the resources, we want to be able to bring the resources to them,”said Cruz.

Organizers for the center aim to serve the community.

“I just want to see people grow, and become successful, and that’s when you walk that journey with them,” said Cruz.

The resources available will be driven by the area’s needs.

“What we want to do is connect the resources with our families. We’re not here to tell our families what resources they need, but we’ve asked them what resources they need and will continue to ask them what resources do you need,” said Jackie L. Newman, CEO of the Peoria Housing Authority.

Neighbors are excited for the possibilities it will bring.

“I can’t wait to get up and jumping and ready to go. I think it’s going to be good for us,” said Carroll Faulkner, a neighbor.

The center brings those at Harrison access to things like workshops, transportation, mental health help, and even resume writing.

“For us to be able to come to the location, and provide them with services, here, I think we’ll see more people taking advantage,” said Peoria Police Chief Loren Marion.

Leaders say they think the concept may expand to more areas.

“I’m excited to be a part of it. I’m looking forward to where its going to go and I’m hoping its going to go high, and its going to be replicated,” said Cruz.

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