History

Rincon Family Services was founded in 1972

Rincon Family Services was established in 1972, through a clinic called “El Rincon.” Rafael “Paloma” Rios, an magnetic organizer in Chicago’s Puerto Rican community, led the founding. Rios has been credited with being the visionary force among the originators of Fiestas Patronales—a long-standing annual festival celebrating Puerto Rican heritage and culture in Humboldt Park. With the support and intellect of a group of empowered Latino civic leaders—clergy, elected officials, law enforcement and medical professionals—El Rincon became the first agency of its kind in the West Town community. It was an establishment created by Latinos for Latinos who sought a safe haven from the perils of drug addiction.

 

Through decades of gentrification and expanding socioeconomic gaps, underrepresented residents have struggled to survive against various disparities. These inequalities were magnified by their living conditions, which included addiction, violence and homelessness. Rincon became an oasis for men and women of all ethnic and racial backgrounds who sought individualized, culturally competent, and holistic care for their health concerns. Today, Rincon continues to grow and meet the needs of the community with centers in West Humboldt Park, Avondale, Belmont-Cragin, and new sites opening soon in Uptown and Old Irving Park. It is through these doors that some of the most marginalized and at-risk groups in the Chicagoland area are served.

 

Rincon Meets Clients Where They Are

We pride ourselves on our ability to understand and meet clients where they are. We give them the tools necessary to become empowered and contributing members of their communities—in some cases for the first time. Our commitment to encouraging self-determination is evidenced by the number of staff and board members who have a personal history with addiction. This practice results in leadership that has a deep understanding of the issues our clients face.

 

Focus On The Family

In 2011, “El Rincon” became “Rincon Family Services” as a result of the awareness that substance abuse can have a domino effect on families. In the last five years, Rincon has added seven new programs that engage children, teenagers, and parents with effective methods of treating and preventing addictive behaviors. Additionally, we are invested in diversifying our resources in order to provide the most comprehensive and sustainable care available to our clients. Rincon proudly remains a community-driven organization that specializes in culturally competent care.

Rincon Family Services - 2018