Southwest Organizing Project

The Southwest Organizing Project’s (SWOP) mission is to build a broad-based organization of Christian, Muslim and Jewish faith institutions, local schools and other institutions in Southwest Chicago, which will enable families to exercise common values, determine their own future and connect with each other to improve life in their neighborhoods. To this end, leaders of SWOP have dedicated themselves to building relationships across racial, ethnic, generational and faith differences and to bringing the common concerns of their institutions into the public life of the community as they develop the capacity to act collectively and “stand for the whole.” As a part of this mission, SWOP has brought together healthcare, behavioral health and social service agencies with neighborhood schools to form the Southwest System of Care (SWSOC).  The aim of the SWSOC is to provide an integrated service delivery model that recognizes and responds to the complex and interconnected needs and assets of young people and their families.