Sol Flores, 2017 Awardee

SolFlores.jpgIn 2002, Sol Flores became the founding Executive Director of La Casa Norte (LCN), a community based organization whose mission is to serve youth and families confronting homelessness. Since opening its doors, LCN has helped more than 20,000 homeless and at-risk individuals. By offering access to stable housing and delivering comprehensive services, LCN acts as a catalyst to transform lives and neighborhoods.

With Sol’s infectious enthusiasm, boundless energy, intelligence and entrepreneurship, LCN is reshaping the physical infrastructure of the Humboldt Park neighborhood and rebuilding broken lives to foster hope, stable homes, and healthy communities. Sol’s passion and determination to help those in need has built LCN from 2 employees with a $200,000 annual budget to an 80 employee, multi-million dollar organization that delivers inspiration and hope to the lives of homeless families, single parents, victims of domestic violence and abandoned youth.

Sol was born and raised in Chicago. Her family emigrated from Puerto Rico in the 1950’s and settled in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, where her grandfather worked as a short order cook for 35 years and her grandmother raised 10 children and multiple foster care children. While part of a larger extended family unit, Sol was raised by her single mother, Rosa, her role model and hero who taught Sol that anything was possible. Sol’s commitment to make a difference and live out her personal values through her work at La Casa Norte has proven to be the greatest personal and professional challenge of her life.

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