Newsmaker Making A Difference: Nagi Soliman, Xxpress Cleaners

Keith Johnson
August 28, 2018 - 7:15 am

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A Bridgeport businessman reaches out to offer the less fortunate a clean start.

Nagi Soliman, an Egyptian immigrant, said his Christian faith teachers him to care or help those in need.

That spirit of giving followed Soliman from Naperville where he managed three dry cleaners,  to Bridgeport where, in 2015, he opened Xxpress Cleaners in a strip mall on South Halsted.

While he worked to satisfy his customers, Soliman also wanted to do something to help the homeless that would congregate in the plaza.

"The first thing I started in November 2017. I put a post on the window. I wrote, if you have a job interview and you need an outfit cleaned, we can do it for free," he said.

"I want to help people because everyone deserves a chance and we can be a part of it."

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Those who claimed they had a job interview had to verify it before Nagi would do their laundry.

Nagi said he has serviced 30 to 40 homeless people since December of last year and also helped a homeless window washer drum up even more business.

Nagi hopes his story will inspire others to help those in need, no matter how large or small the effort.

"I believe everyone deserves a chance," he said.

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