Ambassador Program Aims to Make State St. Great - NBC Chicago

Ambassador Program Aims to Make State St. Great



    (Published Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013)

    The Chicago Loop Alliance has found a new way to try and make State Street a better place to be.

    The group has created the Street Team Ambassador Program, a team of individuals that walk State Street in the Loop to try and help any way they can.

    The program has been used in cities such as New York and Los Angeles, and are designed to create a positive experience for visitors.

    "If we can help one person a day, whether it's a medical emergency, a connection to social agencies, or directions to Willis Tower, we will have been a success," said Laura Jones of the Chicago Loop Alliance.

    The group also aims to help the homeless in the area, which has raised some eyebrows. Ed Shurna, of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, wants to make sure the homeless are truly being helped.

    "I'm skeptical, but hopeful," Shurna said. "You can't just sweep away problems. If it's not a sweep, and it's providing services, great."

    Chicago Loop Alliance officials say they've already started working with a dozen social service agencies to connect the homeless with their resources.