SWOP Impact


SWOP (The Southwest Organization Project) has had a significant impact on the community of West Elsdon. SWOP was created by ministries of the Christian, Muslim and Jewish faith. In addition to SWOP working with West Elsdon, it also engages other southwest communities such as Chicago Lawn, Gage Park, West Lawn, and Ashburn.  Latinos and African … Continue reading SWOP Impact

Food Deserts in West Elsdon


I was born and raised on the Southwest side of Chicago, West Elsdon to be exact. A predominately Latino neighborhood. Growing up, the biggest health inequity I have observed is the food deserts prevalent throughout my community. I remember my constant visits to the corner store located three minutes from my house. It was the … Continue reading Food Deserts in West Elsdon

Are Chips a Vegetable?


Going down 55th and Lawndale on my neon pink bike, I remember taking constant trips to the corner store that was three minutes from my house. Before I even entered, I could hear the Spanish radio, “La Que Buena” playing throughout the store. As I opened the front door, the wind chimes made the small … Continue reading Are Chips a Vegetable?