I Grow Chicago aims to create an environment to connect and belong in order to foster wellness, justice, and dignity for all.Through community connection, skill building, and resource access, we promote collective healing and empowerment. I Grow Chicago is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization formed for exclusively charitable and educational purposes.
We envision a world where everyone can grow into their unlimited potential.
Peace and justice are inseparable — without one, we cannot have the other
Everyone has the right to live and prosper in their own environment, unconditionally
Accept everyone where they are in this moment in time without judgment
Courage is the unbreakable piece inside us all that unleashes love, fosters hope, and makes life possible
Each day is an opportunity for growth and PEACE.
Our Change Philosophy
Whatever happens to any one of us—human, animal, plant or ecosystem—happens to all of us. We are all in this together, and together we can use our unique interests and skills to help others improve their lives, their families and their community. Our holistic engagement model combines community connection, skill building, and resource access to simultaneously address environmental stressors and provide collective healing and empowerment.
As a truly community-led organization, we engage and employ residents to collaboratively lead our five service areas:
- Yoga and mindful movement
- Creative expression
- Sustainability and urban farming
- Restorative justice and community building
- Mentorship and skill building
We believe in combining the enduring benefits of these practices in a holistic wrap-around approach that helps:
- Relieve stress
- Improve physical health
- Build self-esteem
- Increase focus and determination
- Manage and heal difficult emotions
- Promote civic engagement
- Learn new job skills
- Connect with others in a positive environment
- Teach how care for the self, community, and environment are inter-related
Our Peace House offers an alternative space that is educational, fun, non-judgemental and above all—inspiring.