People’s Resource Center
About People’s Resource Center
People's Resource Center (PRC) is a not-for-profit, social service organization founded in 1975 by community members looking to help neighbors who were facing financial hardship. Inspired by social justice heroes like Martin Luther King, Jr., Dorothy Day and Jane Addams, founders Dorothy McIntyre, Father Tom Peyton and a group of volunteers sought to do more than start a local food pantry.
Today, PRC meets people’s basic needs by providing nearly 30,000 DuPage residents access to food, clothing, connections to mainstream social services and emergency financial assistance. In addition to our basic needs assistance, PRC offers empowerment programs including job assistance, literacy tutoring, computer training and art classes. Services are provided from 2 owned facilities – Wheaton, IL and Westmont, IL and from over 30 partner locations throughout DuPage County.
The values that guide our actions and decisions and that are embedded in our culture are:
- Dignity and Respect: Recognizing the dignity of each person who comes to us, we create a welcoming and respectful environment in all of our programs and communication.
- Creative and Innovative: We express our mission directly. We try things in the community. We are willing to jump in to new areas in order to address an unmet need.
- Responsible Stewards: We welcome those who need resources, as well as those with resources to share.
- Compassionate: We listen, we encourage, we try to get to know our families, we provide some help and guidance, we advocate, in a spirit of kindness and compassion.
- Integrity: We place a high priority in living out of our principles, in our relationships, programs, and organizational practices