Our Work

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 make that happen.

Who We Are

Our Mission

The mission of I Grow Chicago is to grow Englewood from surviving to thriving through community connection, skill building, and opportunity.

Our Vision

A world where love lives in public. Cornel West said justice is what love looks like in public. We want to bring justice, hope, and love to all in our city and beyond.

Our Values

Kinship: call people in not out; Audacious Hope: have the courage to remain hopeful; Unity: work across differences so we all can be free; Nonjudgment: if in doubt love; Sat Nam: share your truth and create space for everyone to share theirs

Our Change Philosophy

I Grow Chicago started in the streets, is supported by the streets, and is transforming the streets. We are creating a culture of hope in Englewood, with a community ready to make a difference. All our programs work to combat the traumatic effects of violence and poverty. Through our multi-modal approach, we foster thriving individuals and communities.

Our Story

From one woman’s idea to a whole neighborhood’s heart, I Grow is the story of people coming together and working for change. Learn how Robbin Carroll first came to Englewood, who stepped up and stepped into rebuilding their lives and neighborhood, and how the Peace House came to be. It’s a history of violence and trauma but also one of hope, resiliency and most of all, love.

Featured Programs

Strive to Thrive

Supporting individuals turning their lives around with everything from financial support to workforce training. We’re addressing trauma, skills deficits, and supplies needs to champion individuals and change the community.

Peace Garden

Transforming the ground beneath our feet from broken and toxic to healthy and thriving. We’re growing food, expanding our minds, and creating a new way to connect with the Earth.

Love lives in public

Program Areas

Mentorship & Skill Building

Moving communities forward by meeting everyone where they are.

Restorative Justice & Community Building

Nurturing belonging and redeveloping relationships.

Yoga & Mindfulness

Reconnecting individuals to their breath during life’s challenges.

Urban Farming & Food Access

Addressing hunger and increasing access to healthy food.

Creative Expression

Fostering opportunities for healing through the arts.

More Supportive Services

Supporting the whole person and the whole community.