The Peace House

The Peace House serves as the heart of our Peace Campus, where we all can come together as a community.

Behind the Peace House

In 2013, the block of 64th and Honore was one of the most violent in Englewood, experiencing years of disinvestment and structural racism. In 2014, we purchased an abandoned home one month from being demolished  — the home that would become the Peace House. We hired and trained roughly 50 residents to renovate the Peace House. Instead of bringing in a contractor to do the renovations himself, our contractor trained and mentored Englewood neighbors. Everyone contributed, gaining construction and life skills in the process. One year later, in April 2015, we officially opened the Peace House, and since that day, there hasn’t been a single homicide on the block. Today in the Peace House, we operate 15 healing programs for whole families, including Life After School, Summer of Hope, Young Yogis, and Strive to Thrive Whole Family Case Management.

Before

During

Now

Peace House Features

  • Community kitchen
  • Flexible program space for yoga classes, healing circles, and neighborhood celebrations
  • Free community wi-fi
  • Reading library and tutoring space
  • Washer and dryer for community laundry
  • Stocked community pantry with household essentials
  • Upright piano, gong, and assortment of tribal drums
  • Multimedia computer lab
  • Gallery of community artwork

Community Impact

 “I’ve been coming to the Peace House since it started. I like playing basketball here and summer camp. I make a lot of friends here. I like coming here, because of the basketball court, and because we do yoga. The people here buy me Christmas gifts, get me Halloween costumes, help me with homework and things that I am going through at home…They’re on the block so I know their names. I was one of the first kids to come to the Peace House. They always check on my mom to make sure she is okay when we are at school. Everybody has come together. I haven’t heard any shootings on this block, because of the Peace House.”

 

– Ty’Juan, Life After School and Summer of Hope student

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