Toledo family announces Adam’s Place, a rural sanctuary for at-risk youth

Adam Toledo’s family announced Tuesday that they were launching Adam’s Place, a nonprofit aimed at helping young people at risk in Chicago and other Midwestern cities avoid anger.

It will be a rural haven for young people who have historically been underserved, according to a press release from the family’s lawyers. The group has a deal to buy farmland about a three-and-a-half hour drive from Chicago.

Adam was fatally shot and killed by a Chicago police officer in Little Village in the early morning hours of March 29th.

“As those of us who live in Little Village and other parts of Chicago know, the needs are great. But the hearts are big here, ”Adam’s mother Betty Toledo said in a statement. “We have seen grace in the peaceful protests, the colorful murals, the flowers and candles, and especially the love and compassion shown to us by our friends, neighbors and strangers across the country, many of whom have known the pain of losing a child.”

Adam’s Place, Inc., is a 501 (c) (3) organization seeking federal tax exemption status. Fundraising has started. Members of the Toledo family will serve on the Board of Directors.

Elizabeth Toledo and son Adam are pictured in this family photo. Provided

Modeled on Boys Farm in Newberry, South Carolina, Adam’s Place provides a “safe and nurturing retreat” where teens can learn to “care for nature, others and themselves, away from the dangers of urban roads.” Release.

An official announcement is scheduled for Wednesday in front of a mural near Ogden and Lawndale avenues that artist Milton Coronado painted in honor of Adam. Wednesday would have been Adam’s 14th birthday.

The Toledo family described Adam on their release as “a loving son and good boy who has never had problems with the police.” They said he snuck out of the house on March 29 and was attracted by the elderly and the “thrill of the street”.

“Even as the Toledo family seeks justice for Adam, they also know that many families in their ward and elsewhere are struggling to get their own children out of the way,” the news release said.

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