BELMONT CRAGIN — Melissa Hernandez is lucky to be alive. Now, she’s focused on helping other Chicagoans facing similar struggles.
On “It’s All Good,” the Belmont Cragin resident describes her harrowing journey from a life of drugs, gangs and sex trafficking to founding the Puerto Rico Project.
With a team of volunteers, Hernandez’s organization provides essential services and support to Puerto Rican victims of addiction and trafficking in Chicago.
“I see what you did there, universe,” Hernandez says on Episode 16. “My whole life and struggle was preparing me for this situation. For this project.”
Hernandez says her next goal is to raise the money for a mobile shower unit to help Chicago’s unhoused population. People who wish to donate to the group can do so online.
Episode 16 also features our first “It’s All Good” neighborhood sponsor. Members of St. Paul’s UCC have been fans of the podcast since its launch, and we’re excited to help them spread good news happening through their congregation and outreach efforts.
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