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Fostering financial wellness and economic stability in East Garfield Park

Through people, partnerships, and an integrated approach to addressing the impacts of systemic economic injustices, Breakthrough’s Community Economic Development program provides education, work experience, and supportive services so that individuals increase skills, gain and retain employment, and access to resources and opportunities that promote individual economic stability, wealth creation, and a community of strong contributors and leaders.

Breakthrough provides services across 5 key domains that meet residents where they are at on their personal financial journey.


We provide assistance with job training, career development, career placement, and job retention support.

Financial Coaching

We support residents to increase their financial literacy, develop savings, improve net worth and provide access to financial products.

Income Support

We help residents increase their income by accessing programs and benefits they are eligible for.


We provide housing education and coaching so that residents can become homeowners.

Small Business

We help launch small businesses through education and coaching



people served


of participants in career readiness workshops were place in employment


of people who were screened for benefits received income supports services

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Woman Participant in Community Economic Development Program Sitting Down With Computer

Wintrust Partnership Supports Pathways to Homeownership

Breakthrough is bringing homeownership resources and education to our community, and Wintrust Financial is a key partner.

CED Office

3330 W Carroll Ave, 2nd Floor

Monday-Friday, 9am-5pmNotary available

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