Allied Wellness Center

  Promoting health and wellness of mind, body, and spirit

History of the Center
The Allied Wellness Center was established in July of 2004 to assist people in the Allied, Belmar and Dunnís Marsh neighborhoods. It is a place where community members can learn about ways to stay healthy. The Wellness Center connects people with important health resources and programs. Nurishing a sense of community and encouraging everyone to make healthy choices will lead to holistic wellness for all

Population Characteristics of the Allied Neighborhood

Sandwiched between the West Beltline Highway on the north and the Chicago Northwestern Railroad on the south and bounded by Verona Road and Seminole Highway to the west and east, the Allied neighborhood spans just over one half of a square mile and is home to nearly 3,000 people.

Residents are packed into small, low-rent apartment buildings that have fallen into varying levels of decay. Approximately 98% of Allied residents are people of color, with roughly 75% African American, 12% Latino, 11% Asian and 2% Caucasian individuals.

More than half of Allied households earn less than $25,000 a year, with 41% of households earning less than $15,000 annually, according to a 2005 Allied Drive Task Force report that used data from the 2000 U.S. Census. Nearly 40 percent of Allied residents do not have a high school diploma, a disproportionate number of receive public aid, 95% of children participate in the free and reduced lunch program. This neighborhood has the highest number of school age children in the county, mostly headed by single parent households. It is common for residents living in the Allied Drive neighborhood to have limited access to employment, health care, childcare and transportation. The neighborhood also struggles with social problems of alcoholism, mental health, abuse and crime. The majority of residents struggle to meet their basic needs.