JULY 28-30 2017, CHICAGO IL

El Rescate is the beneficiary of Fed Up Fest 2017. El Rescate is a Chicago-based organization in Humboldt Park that provides an array of services to queer and trans youth, particularly queer and trans youth of color, in our communities. From their website:

El Rescate Transitional Living Program provides culturally appropriate, identity-affirming housing for homeless LGBTQ and/or HIV-positive youth ages 18-24 through a continuum of solutions. As part of this program, youth have access to the HIV prevention services offered by Vida/SIDA as well as employment/educational resources and Living Skills Training.

Distrust amongst homeless youth around adults is very high and often for good reason. Out on the streets all alone, they had to form friendships and negotiate boundaries in survival mode. El Rescate is a stable setting where they learn to live with peers, set rules for common areas, share a bedroom, respect for others and especially for themselves.

El Rescate is turning 5 this year, and can use the money received from our fest to continue in the fight to end homelessness and create sustainable systems for young people who are queer, trans, POC, and/or HIV+.