Hungry for a Change

Hungry for a Change

When you come from a neighborhood where the people there don’t matter it’s time for change. For someone like myself I can honestly say that I was part of the problem. And now I want to be a part of the solution or whatever it takes to see a change. You see you can sit...

The Brave Files: Growing Peace

“You don’t have to be the person our society has told you to be.” What would it look like if we all were able to hear and then live those words? How would we defy expectations and defeat assumptions? How would we change the world and our own paths for the better....

The Chicago Maroon: Community Redevelopment, One Dollar at a Time

“We create opportunities right here at our fingertips.” says Erin, our Co-Executive Director. At I Grow Chicago, we believe in something called activation. Activation is, as the Chicago Maroon writes in a recent feature, “the resurrection of community resources that...
Invest in Hope, Invest in Peace

Invest in Hope, Invest in Peace

Our Family Resource House is about a month away from being finished! The framing is done. The pipes are set. Cabinets, countertops, and floors have been picked. Once final approval is complete, the drywall and floors will be installed and the home that’s been...
One Fresh Breath

One Fresh Breath

An act of love – nonjudgmental, unconditional, supportive love – changes lives. And the amazing thing about love is that anyone can do it. Anyone can be it. You don’t need any special skills or resources to love. You simply need to show up, open and...
Growing Hope

Growing Hope

Being a mentor in the I Grow Chicago Peace Garden is one of the most beautiful things I have ever been a part of in my life. Everyone I’ve had the honor of working with, we all walk proudly on the block, feeling the delights of the tidy flower beds, litterless...
Olam chesed yibaneh, a world where love lives in public

Olam chesed yibaneh, a world where love lives in public

When I heard news of the tragedy at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, I was immediately brought back to an experience I had in high school, when the seniors played a “prank” and painted all the underclassmen Jews’ cars with swastikas. In that moment, seeing a...

Yoga Journal: Good Karma Awards

This month, we learned that I Grow Chicago was selected by Yoga Journal, in conjunction with partners from the Yoga Service Council, Give Back Yoga Foundation, Yoga Alliance, and Lululemon’s social impact program Here to Be, as one of 10 community groups using yoga to...
Chicago Bears Support Peace Campus

Chicago Bears Support Peace Campus

We’re thrilled to be one of the local social justice community groups the Bears’ players, ownership and staff have chosen to focus on supporting this year. Read more about the organization’s efforts to support peace and promote community with a generous grant, and a...
Community Spotlight: Delois Steward

Community Spotlight: Delois Steward

An interview with Delois Steward, Peace Gardener How long have you lived in Englewood? I’ve lived in Englewood for 48 years, on 66th and Honore. In the 48 years I lived on 66th and Honore, I’ve always been a giver. I’m out at 7 o’clock in the morning cleaning up the...