We would like to thank The Field Foundation for coming out to visit us this past Monday, July 23rd. In April, our team submitted a Letter of Inquiry request to be considered for a grant opportunity made available by The Field Foundation, for potential funding to our "Say Grace Initiative" (South Deering). We were invited to submit a full proposal and were requested to have a site visit, in which representative Peter Handler, of the foundation came out to visit our South Deering service area. It is our hope, if granted, to utilize the funding to open up our first "Grace Community Resource Center" in the South Deering neighborhood! #SayGrace
Grace is proud to announce that we have partnered with Planned Parenthood Illinois in order to promote Health & Wellness in our services areas, by means of organizing Sex & Reproductive Education Workshops and Free Testing sites. We are looking forward to collaborating with PPIL in order create programs, workshops and initiatives that will be tailored to suit the particular needs of our constituents! #PPIL #SayGrace
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We would like to thank Community Law Project for all the support and help they have given us over the last few months. In order to better strengthen our infrastructure and internal affairs, we sought out the help of the Community Law Project. The Community Law Project helps to build, strengthen, and support community-based organizations that are focused on economic development in Chicago’s low-income neighborhoods and that offer the delivery of social services to residents of these areas. They bring hope to impoverished neighborhoods by supporting small businesses and home ownership. Working with volunteers from Chicago’s top law firms, the Community Law Project's expert legal staff provides nonprofit leaders and small businesses owners the knowledge to sustain the quality of their programs, improve outcomes, and spur economic development. The Community Law Project recognizes that structural racism is a major contributor toward economic injustice; thier work is geared towards eradicating racism and poverty in our city, and coordinating activities in close working relationship with community partners.
Collaborating with The Community Law Project has been a valuable resource to our organization and we look forward to working with them as we continue to embark upon our goals and mission! #SayGrace
On December 24, 2017 we posted about our COO, Keevan D involvement in the 10th Ward Participatory Budget. Keevan was able to participate on the "Breathing New Life on Torrence Ave" committee. The project received the top ballot votes and $30,000 allotment of the Aldermanic Participatory Budget. We are proud to announce that this past week city laborers came out and planted trees from 103rd to 109th of Torrence Avenue! We would like to thank the 10th Ward Alderman Office of Susan Sadlowski Garza and all the participants for allowing us the opportunity to assist in the process! We look forward to further collaboration in the future! #SAYGRACE
Over the last several months, GRACE has been working diligently with Woodlawn Community Service Corporation and BME to plan the 3rd Annual Black Man's Expo. The theme of this years' Black Man's Expo is "Preparing The Next Generation For Leadership". It is our hope to put together an impactful event that tailors to the needs of the next generation within the Chicagoland area, by means of workshops, programming, vendor services, and much more. We encourage everyone to come out and join us at the Black Man's Expo on September 15, 2018, located at Harris Park (6200 S Drexel Blvd, Chicago Il, 60637) ! To learn more about the mission, vision and all updates for the event please visit http://www.blackmansexpo.com/.
We are proud to announce that we have partnered with Strike Force Media, to officially begin production of our mini webseries entitled "Mothers of Grace"! Mothers of Grace will shed light on the perspective of the mothers from the Englewood, Roseland, and South Deering Communities. These communities for decades have been plagued by gang violence, poor housing conditions, poor socio-economic conditions, and a lack of community organization. By means of interview it will be our endeavor to tell the narrative of the history of these communities, what happened that resulted in these communities being how they are today, and what immediate and long term solutions needs to be implemented to spark progress and change. Please be sure to check out our social media platforms for exclusive behind the scenes footage of the production process! #SAYGRACE
We at Grace Housing Complex really appreciate all those who came out to join us at our first community plannning Charrette event. The event was definitely a success! Participants came up with some really great ideas, and it is our hope to implement these solutions into our service areas. The Charrette was only the beginning! We will be developing a comprehensive plan that incorporates the ideas from our participants, followed by organizing committee & program leaders for implementation.
If you would like to continue to be apart of the process please feel free to contact us via email or call 773 969 3208. Our hope is to convene those who are interested in leadership positions by the beginning weeks of February. We will be sending out more updates to you all as we continue to progress in our mission. If you have any photos or videos from the event please send them over to us via email to Kdantzler108@gracehousingcomplex.org or tag us in your social media post using the hashtags, "#SayGrace" or "#GraceHousingCharrette
We’re so excited to announce that Grace Housing Complex has just received a grant from The Pollination Project!
“The Pollination Project seeks to unleash GOODNESS and expand COMPASSION all over the world.”
We just want to say thank you to The Pollination Project, for not only helping us help the women and mothers of Chicago, but for also helping so many organizations like us help their communities as well. Be sure to check them out on their website at https://thepollinationproject.org/ & also check out our event on their website at https://thepollinationproject.org/event/charrette/ ! #SeedTheChange #SayGrace
Our COO, Keevan D., was proud to partner and work with the 10th ward Alderman Office of Susan Sadlowski Garza for the 2017 Participatory Budget as apart of the "Breathing New Life on Torrence Ave" committee. The results are in and we are proud to share this announcement:
"The 10th Ward has successfully completed its second cycle of Participatory Budgeting. We have given community residents the opportunity to propose projects to be placed on a ballot, voted on, and then funded with one million dollars of our ‘Aldermanic Menu’ funding. Over the last six months community residents from all seven neighborhoods of the 10th Ward have met biweekly to plan capital improvement/ infrastructure projects.
Between November 13-22, 2017 constituents voted at multiple polling sites across the Ward and, for the first time, online. The results are as follows: 60% of our menu funding will be allocated to street resurfacing and sidewalks ($600,000), Breathing New Life on Torrence Ave (343 votes, $30,000), Light the Night (333 votes, $17,000), Baseball Field for George Washington High School (279 votes, $160,000), Exercise Stations along the Burnham Bike Path (217 votes, $85,000), and Commercial Ave Gateway Park (137 votes, $100,000). Implementation will begin in 2018. Congratulations 10th Ward and to our dedicated PB Community Representatives!"
The $30,000 going to the committee project "Breathing New Life on Torrence Ave" is a major win for GRACE and the South Deering community. South Deering has been a gang war zone for many years. There have been countless young Black and Latino men lost to gang violence. The "Breathing New Life on Torrence Ave" project will consist of us putting Trees 🌲 down Torrence Ave.
Trees are very important to our ecosystem and have ancient symbolic meaning. Trees symbolize a connection to our ancestors. A tree sprouts from a seed, grows and branches out, and then creates a new fruit that gives life to the next generation, to begin anew. Trees also symbolize permanence & longevity.
Upon announcement of the ballot results, Keevan D. stated, "If your from South Deering or the 10th Ward you'll know how deeply rooted our community residents are in this community. It is time to beautify South Deering and bring peace to an area that has been plagued by drugs, crime and gang violence for decades. It won't happen over night just like Trees 🌲 don't grow tall over night. It is a process and will take time but now is the time we start to "LIVE" in SouthDeering! I urge everybody to get involved with the alderman offices in their own communities. It's easy to sit around and complain about your areas problems, but to see a change calls for Action!" Our team at GRACE is looking forward to keeping everyone up to date with the development process #SayGrace !
On Saturday, September 16th, 2017, our organization was proud to partner with Habitat For Humanity, AmeriCorps, and Hilti for a housing building project in the Chicago's West Pullman neighborhood. We were able to come together to work on the completion of 3 new houses being built from the ground up located in the 11900 block of South Union Avenue. Our team, featuring our CEO Justin Dailey and COO Keevan Dantzler, were on site for the duration of the day assisting in completion of wall paneling and nailing. Through hard work and team work we were able to complete a portion of the house building process and build strong relationships with all organizational volunteers and participants. We look forward to assisting in future projects!