29 episodes

Thousands of people are living in Chicago’s homeless shelters. Some of those shelters are run by Primo Center - Primo Center is the largest provider of services and shelter for homeless children and their families in Chicago. They do things a little differently -- they don’t kick families out. They provide wrap-around mental health services and offer innovative programs including a Girl Scout Troop.

Co-hosts Jesse Betend and Ron Brown take you to Primo’s Sangamon shelter to meet the families, hear their stories, and learn how this program is different -- and why it’s so successful.

This show is a collaboration between Rivet and Primo Center.

Subscribe to the show to hear every episode— and don’t forget to leave a review.

To donate to Primo Center text "NewWorlds" to 44321.

To learn more about Primo Center, check out primocenter.org.

Thanks to Moby for giving us permission to use his songs, including “Porcelain” and “South Side” as our opening and closing theme.

Whole New Worlds Primo Center

    • Documentary
    • 4.7 • 12 Ratings

Thousands of people are living in Chicago’s homeless shelters. Some of those shelters are run by Primo Center - Primo Center is the largest provider of services and shelter for homeless children and their families in Chicago. They do things a little differently -- they don’t kick families out. They provide wrap-around mental health services and offer innovative programs including a Girl Scout Troop.

Co-hosts Jesse Betend and Ron Brown take you to Primo’s Sangamon shelter to meet the families, hear their stories, and learn how this program is different -- and why it’s so successful.

This show is a collaboration between Rivet and Primo Center.

Subscribe to the show to hear every episode— and don’t forget to leave a review.

To donate to Primo Center text "NewWorlds" to 44321.

To learn more about Primo Center, check out primocenter.org.

Thanks to Moby for giving us permission to use his songs, including “Porcelain” and “South Side” as our opening and closing theme.

    The Primo Center's prescription for a lockdown

    The Primo Center's prescription for a lockdown

    COVID-19 affected everyone's lives in different ways. At the Primo Center for Women and Children, the coronavirus dealt another difficult challenge to the residents and staff. In this episode, Ron interviews Primo Center health care professionals about how they're dealing with the coronavirus on top of a multitude of emotional and financial stresses.

    • 17 min
    Paying it Forward

    Paying it Forward

    Building a community that returns like family to give back is called paying it forward. Jasmine and Ryan are just two examples of former Primo Center residents who help out after they've moved on to whole new worlds.  
     
    This show is a collaboration between Rivet and Primo Center.
     
    Subscribe to the show to hear every episode— and don’t forget to leave a review. 
     
    To donate to Primo Center text "NewWorlds" to 44321. 
     
    To learn more about Primo Center, check out primocenter.org.
     
    Thanks to Moby for giving us permission to use his songs, including “Porcelain” and “South Side” as our opening and closing theme.

    • 8 min
    Bonus: Handling Compassion Fatigue

    Bonus: Handling Compassion Fatigue

    Primo Center Clinical Director Trevaughn Davis-Neal explains how she helps team members stay strong for their clients.   
    This show is a collaboration between Rivet and Primo Center.
    Subscribe to the show to hear every episode— and don’t forget to leave a review. 
    To donate to Primo Center text “NewWorlds” to 44321. 
    To learn more about Primo Center, check out primocenter.org.
    Thanks to Moby for giving us permission to use his songs, including “Porcelain” and “South Side” as our opening and closing theme.

    • 8 min
    Locker Number 209

    Locker Number 209

    Valery was living in a storage unit in Chicago when she gave birth to her daughter, Serenity. Now Serenity is 4—and doesn’t remember the time they spent there.
    This show is a collaboration between Rivet and Primo Center.
    Subscribe to the show to hear every episode— and don’t forget to leave a review. 
    To donate to Primo Center text “NewWorlds” to 44321. 
    To learn more about Primo Center, check out primocenter.org.
    Thanks to Moby for giving us permission to use his songs, including “Porcelain” and “South Side” as our opening and closing theme.

    • 15 min
    Bonus: Fear and Trust

    Bonus: Fear and Trust

    Entering a shelter can be scary and it’s hard to know how newcomers will react. Primo Center Senior Case Manager, Carla Dudley tells a story of winning the trust of a particularly volatile new resident.
    This show is a collaboration between Rivet and Primo Center.
    Subscribe to the show to hear every episode— and don’t forget to leave a review. 
    To donate to Primo Center text “NewWorlds” to 44321. 
    To learn more about Primo Center, check out primocenter.org.
    Thanks to Moby for giving us permission to use his songs, including “Porcelain” and “South Side” as our opening and closing theme.

    • 5 min
    Peanut Butter Sandwiches

    Peanut Butter Sandwiches

    Everyone in the family has a role: Jade’s the goofy one, Paul’s the helper, and Alexis is the “mom” among the kids. Together they’re a dream team—like a PB&J sandwich. Tomorrow they’re going home. 
    This show is a collaboration between Rivet and Primo Center.
    Subscribe to the show to hear every episode— and don’t forget to leave a review. 
    To donate to Primo Center text “NewWorlds” to 44321. 
    To learn more about Primo Center, check out primocenter.org.
    Thanks to Moby for giving us permission to use his songs, including “Porcelain” and “South Side” as our opening and closing theme.

    • 16 min

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12 Ratings

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