Seeds of Hope

Seeds of Hope

During the summer, our Peace Garden can feel like a garden of Eden, a beautiful oasis amidst the concrete. Our children will run through the garden, picking raspberries right off the bush and popping them in their mouth. We love our garden and have felt the healing...

I Grow Chicago talks trauma and healing on CLTV

Chicagoland Television (CLTV) invited Quentin and Erin on air to talk about I Grow’s mission, success stories and ongoing needs. Watch to hear how growing food, yoga and mindfulness, creative expression, building community and more can transform lives and create hope....
Hooping, Hoping, and Healing

Hooping, Hoping, and Healing

Our Peace House was built by our community for our community to provide space for healing from trauma. Over the last four years, we’ve seen the impact one house can have. As we look towards our future, we’re looking to expand the footprint of peace we started with the...
Hope and Access

Hope and Access

Mark Beier is an I Grow Chicago Associate Board member and Director of Training at Shred415. He is the lead organizer of our first annual Gather in Sweat fundraising week. Mark shares his reflections on his time with I Grow Chicago, and how he has been inspired to...

Chicago Reader Features I Grow Chicago’s 4th Anniversary

“If people want peace, they have to invest in peace,”  Erin told the reporter for the Chicago Reader. As we celebrated our fourth anniversary, we were happy to share our history, present and collective, more peaceful future with the local paper. The candid...
I Grow Chicago discusses March for Our Lives on WVON

I Grow Chicago discusses March for Our Lives on WVON

Cliff Kelley of WVON invited I Grow Chicago onto the air to talk about the March for Our Lives, the importance of gun reform and why it matters to the residents of Englewood. Co-executive director Erin Vogel and student leader Eldridge Brown shared how I Grow Chicago...
The Power of Inclusion in Hard Times

The Power of Inclusion in Hard Times

In my short time with I Grow, I’ve gotten to know so many great people at the Peace House.  The wonderful neighbors have shared with me their stories, joys, and even pains with me in these community walls.  I can’t put in words how moved I’ve been by the people I’ve...
Put the Guns Down

Put the Guns Down

Why are our children dying? How could we let this happen to our children, our most precious resource? These are questions I kept asking my boyfriend, with tears in my eyes, last week after a particularly hard day at work. Last Sunday night, one of the young men I...
Make Your Voice an Action

Make Your Voice an Action

How can one feel so acknowledged in one space but yet feel so dehumanized in another space? At the beginning of February, I traveled to Atlanta to participate in Lululemon’s Annual “Here to Be” summit. I joined nonprofit and community leaders from across the world in...