Centro Comunitario Juan Diego

Centro Comunitario Juan Diego (CCJD) is a non-profit community center in South Chicago. Some of its Programs include; CEDA (light and gas assistance program), Breast Health, Diabetes Education, prevention and management, Food Pantry, and much more. 

Centro Comunitario Juan Diego was founded in January 1994 by a group of eight Latina women. These women joined in their efforts to fight for a safer, cleaner, and healthier community. Then and now, the underlying goal of all their efforts was a recognition of the need to develop self-empowerment and self-determination, especially among women in the Latino community. Centro Comunitario Juan Diego first set up shop on the front porch of co-founder and Executive Director Olivia Hernandez. In 1994, Centro Comunitario Juan Diego was recognized by the state of Illinois as a community agency. In 1996, it obtained its 501(c)3 status as a non-profit organization.Centro Comunitario Juan Diego is the result of these women’s community activism. These early founders exemplified dedication, hard work, resourcefulness, and a desire for reform – all characteristics of a leader. From its inception Centro Comunitario Juan Diego has been an organization that serves as an example of leadership and civic participation for the community of Southeast Chicago.