Behind the Barrier: Social Isolation and Trauma during COVID-19

Behind the Barrier: Social Isolation and Trauma during COVID-19

Trauma is an automatic protective response to an event (or a series of events) that it perceives as potentially dangerous (Menakem 2017), a natural response to often unnatural events — such as rape, gun violence, war, racist acts, poverty, and abuse. Trauma leaves...
Behind the Barrier: Access to Water

Behind the Barrier: Access to Water

Fund the frontlines Water is a necessity for survival for all living beings, but all across the world is it is inaccessible or contaminated for many populations. Even within our own city of Chicago, this is an issue. Homes within Chicago, especially in the poorest zip...

Chicago Tribune: Where to donate or volunteer in Chicago

Many nonprofit organizations and charities were forced to cancel fundraising events after Gov. Pritzker issued a stay-at-home order, however, in order for many nonprofits and charities to continue their services to support people, they need finances. I Grow Chicago...
Behind the Barrier: Social Distancing for Essential Workers

Behind the Barrier: Social Distancing for Essential Workers

We’ve come to understand the importance of adhering to social distancing guidelines for our physical safety, as well as the true impact lack of interaction can have on us on our mental health. For many, social distancing is made possible by working from home, internet...
Behind the Barrier: Food Insecurity

Behind the Barrier: Food Insecurity

Fund the Frontlines The area where we are based, West Englewood, is a food desert because of the lack of accessible fresh and nutritional food. Staying healthy is more than just staying distant right now; health requires giving your body what it needs to be at its...
Behind the Barrier: Incarceration

Behind the Barrier: Incarceration

At I Grow Chicago, we do work on the ground and get to witness some of the barriers to wellness and ways we prevent all of us from thriving. When we see injustice, we must share so we can create a world we all deserve to live in: where love lives in public and no life...
Behind the Barrier: Internet Access During COVID-19

Behind the Barrier: Internet Access During COVID-19

Within a crisis, everything becomes limited: limited resources, limited time, limited energy. For our community, the limited resources and access they had are even further diminished in this crisis. One of the most important things revealed within this pandemic are...