With Sol’s infectious enthusiasm, boundless energy, intelligence and entrepreneurship, LCN is reshaping the physical infrastructure of the Humboldt Park neighborhood and rebuilding broken lives to foster hope, stable homes, and healthy communities. Sol’s passion and determination to help those in need has built LCN from 2 employees with a $200,000 annual budget to an 80 employee, multi-million dollar organization that delivers inspiration and hope to the lives of homeless families, single parents, victims of domestic violence and abandoned youth.
Sol was born and raised in Chicago. Her family emigrated from Puerto Rico in the 1950’s and settled in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, where her grandfather worked as a short order cook for 35 years and her grandmother raised 10 children and multiple foster care children. While part of a larger extended family unit, Sol was raised by her single mother, Rosa, her role model and hero who taught Sol that anything was possible. Sol’s commitment to make a difference and live out her personal values through her work at La Casa Norte has proven to be the greatest personal and professional challenge of her life.
Sol currently serves on the board of directors at the Latino Policy Forum, The Chicago Low Income Housing Trust Fund, Hispanic Housing Development Corporation and Kuumba Lynx. Flores is an appointed member of the City of Chicago Zoning Board of Appeals. Some of her awards and activities while leading La Casa Norte include the White House Champion of Change Award, Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow, a Chicago Community Trust Emerging Leader Fellow Award, the Chicago Neighborhood Development Leadership Award, the National Hispana Leadership Institute, and a German Marshall Memorial Fellow representing the U.S.
Tom has more than 30 years of experience working in a variety of human service settings including community mental health, private practice, residential treatment for children and adolescents with complex trauma, adult rehabilitation and child welfare. Tom has performed in many capacities including psychotherapist, counselor, Director of Social Services, Director of Behavioral Health and Associate Director.
Tom developed and implemented specialized mental health and housing programs for the homeless. He also implemented one of the first permanent supportive housing programs for homeless individuals and families in Will County, IL. Tom has ensured that programs under his purview have met national accreditation standards in child welfare and behavioral health.
Tom received a BA in Psychology from the University of Colorado. He received his Master of Social Work from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Tom is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a member of the National Association of Social Workers. Tom served as a Board member for the Illinois Council on Training and St. Joseph’s Center for Childhood Trauma.