Karen Clark

Director of Community Wellness

Karen works one-on-one with families, providing them with the support and resources that they need. In her time with I Grow Chicago, she has worked with countless community members, helping young men secure jobs, apply to colleges, securing safe housing for single mothers, driving people to food pantries, and more. She first heard about I Grow Chicago in 2017 when she was attending a community meeting hosted by Alderman Lopez and met our leadership team. Ever since, she has been a core member of our family, bringing her lifelong commitment to personal wellness to our Peace Campus. While Karen holds an Associate Degree in Social Work from Kennedy King College and is currently pursuing her BSW, she has been serving her community since she was a young girl, making care packages and feeding the hungry. More than a career, this is a calling for Karen. She shares: “There are things these social work books tell you not to do, certain lines that you shouldn’t cross, but if I see somebody in need, how can I refuse them?”


It takes one seed, one step, one chance to change a person’s life. And one dollar can go a long way in helping us to make that happen.