The Department of Programs is pleased to welcome Sandra Puebla as our new AmeriCorps VISTA – Resident Services Associate for our Resident Services Program. As a Resident Services Associate, Sandra will work with HPR tenants and develop, implement, and evaluate educative and engaging programs around health and wellness, community gardens, and other social activities. She will help conduct monthly barbecues and help strengthen the sense of community for residents.
Sandra is a native of the Hermosa neighborhood on the northwest side of Chicago. She is a rising senior at Northern Illinois University where she is majoring in Political Science and History and minoring in Latino & Latin American Studies. Spending most of her college career advocating for underrepresented communities on her college campus, she has worked for more state funding for higher education, immigration advocacy, and fair treatment of minority students on campus.
Additionally, Sandra has worked with the Logan Square Neighborhood Association (LSNA), as part of their immigration team and helped provide resources on immigration rights for local business owners and their employees. Her interest in LUCHA lies in the organizations’ dedication to supporting the community she has been working with for years. As a nearby resident, Sandra has seen, first-hand, the struggles families have faced because of rising property taxes. She hopes to one day work on meaningful policy that would provide a solution to these issues.
Since 1965, over 220,000 VISTA members have served in all 50 states and U.S. Territories. AmeriCorps VISTA members are in tribal, rural, suburban, and urban communities. VISTA, Volunteers in Service to America, was conceived by President John F. Kennedy as a domestic counterpart to the Peace Corps and was started by President Lyndon B. Johnson as part of the War on Poverty. It is the national service program that works to eliminate poverty. The first VISTAs began serving in 1965, in migrant farm worker camps in California, the hollows of eastern Kentucky, and the urban neighborhoods of Hartford, CT.