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On behalf of the Board of Directors and members of the Coalición Latinos Unidos de Lake County (CLULC), I would like to welcome and thank you for your interest in our organization. Serving our community since 1994, CLULC is a 501c3 non for profit, non-partisan organization founded by a group of Latino professionals focused on improving the quality of life of the Latino Community in Lake County.

Throughout our history, CLULC has been able to reach and collaborate with a large number of organizations and individuals across the county. We are also proud of the support we have been able to provide Latino students in our community through our Scholarship Fund. The strong connections we have developed and the dedication and support of our members is key in allowing us to strengthen our impact through education, professional networking and accessibility of services.

If you are interested in supporting our mission and joining this unique organization, please complete the membership application found on our Membership page. As a member, you are given information about our monthly meetings, the opportunity to post information on services and events on our website and social networking sites at any time and free of charge. You will also have access to the Latino Coalition’s networking connections and other exclusive benefits. We are committed to sustaining initiatives that benefit our community.

Once again, I thank you for your interest and hope to see you at our next monthly meeting.


Jesus Ruiz 

Our next meeting

Date: Thursday, October 9, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM

Gurnee Police Department
Community Room
100 N. O'Plaine Rd.
Gurnee, Illinois 60031

Lunch available at $5.00 for CLULC members and $7.00 for non-members


Barb Karacic, RN, MS
Executive Director, Beacon Place

Presenter's Bio

Barb Karacic graduated from the University of Illinois with a bachelor's degree in Nursing and a Master in Science in Perinatology. She worked as a staff nurse and clinical nurse educator at Lutheran General Hospital and as a nurse practitioner at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke's Hospital. Her career also included teaching at the University of Iowa College of Nursing. Mrs. Karacic started her volunteer service at Holy Family Food Pantry in Waukegan ten years ago. During that time she was named Pantry Director and expanded outreach programs for the community. She developed a bike program for adults, implemented the LINK computer assistance for clients, and computerized intake assessments for over 11,000 individuals at the pantry. She created a children's reading program during pantry hours and was also instrumental in starting a tutoring program with children at Carman Buckner School. Mrs. Karacic implemented the children and community garden programs, created an open site summer lunch program and summer backpack food distribution for all children in the community. Mrs. Karacic worked with the Roberti Foundation to open a community house providing assistance with nutrition and health and wellness. She helped to form a partnership with the Chicago Botanical Garden and started the Junior Green Youth Farm. Due to her actions in the community she was appointed by Governor Quinn to be on the Commission to End Hunger and serves on the Women and Children Committee.

Currently she is the executive director at Beacon Place which is located at 603 S. McAlister in Waukegan. The programs offered at Beacon Place were developed to offer children and families support in the targeted areas of nutrition, education, and technology. The programs developed and implemented at Beacon Place are as follows: Open site summer lunch and activities program for children ages 4-18, summer backpack food and healthy eating program for children, tweens and teens support and activities group, an organic garden program for grade schoolchildren, summer individual land group tutoring and after school homework help, and a mom's support group. Mrs. Karacic is a volunteer and works with all volunteers to provide these programs.

Mrs. Karacic is also on the Waukegan Leadership Team of Top Box. This new nonprofit fits very well with Beacon Place's idea of creating partnerships that go beyond a hand out and allow families a hand up.