May 18: El Valor at 35

May 19, 2008 2:07:56 PM PDT
We celebrated El Valor's 35th Anniversary. El Valor is a non-profit community-based organization founded in 1973 by the late Guadalupe A. Reyes. A visionary leader and mother, Mrs. Reyes dreamed of a community in which all members, including he son with special needs, could live, learn and work. She and several others took out a small bank loan and borrowed a church basement in Pilsen where they started the first bilingual, bicultural rehabilitation center in Illinois, and named it El Valor, meaning "courage." From its roots in the Latino community, El Valor has grown into a multicultural, multipurpose organization that reaches thousands of families in the Chicagoland area, and millions throughout the nation. To learn more about El Valor visit or call 312-666-4511.