The Community Law Project

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 strengten 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 recognize that structural racism is a major contributor toward economic injustice;  thier work is geared towards eradicating  racism and poverty in our city, and coordinate 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 

Breathing New Life On Torrence (Update)

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

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Black Man's Expo 2018

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/. 

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Mothers of Grace

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

Thank You For Attending The Charrette!

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

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The Pollination Project

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

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Participatory Budget 10th Ward

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 ! 

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Habitat For Humanity Build

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!

Petition to Chicago Community Trust

We recently completed our grant proposal to the Chicago Community Trust in hopes of receiving funding to further our mission and initiatives. We have been working diligently to create partnerships throughout our services areas with organizations and residents. We still need the support of our online community. Please sign and read our petition  https://www.change.org/p/say-grace-for-south-deering . Thank you all so much for the support #SayGrace

Social Alchemy Collective Partnership

Great News!

Today our team at Grace Housing Complex solidified a strategic partnership with the Social Alchemy Collective organization. The Social Alchemy Collective is a nonprofit think tank and action team comprised of social alchemists who not only represent various sectors, interests, professions, ideologies, and aspirations, but who are also committed to using the nonprofit movement to facilitate social change and the holistic development of humanity. Through the process of our work, we hope to start a movement which contributes to a revolution of society, relationships, thoughts and existence.  We plan to come together to implement The Magic of Mastery curriculum, that was developed by the organization, within the South Deering community. The Magic of Mastery curriculum focuses on using mind/body practices, community workshops, training, and personal coaching to improve mastery motivation and facilitate the development of self-care, self help, and self sufficiency, for low income residents. We are planning on developing many strategies and programs with the Social Alchemy Collective organization to further our mission and implement programming within our service areas. We are seeking to partner with many other organizations throughout the city in order to be more able to effectively engage the community and its residents.

To learn more about SAC please visit http://socialalchemycollective.org/index.php