More than 200 Community Members Came to Celebrate
Bears Care, the Chicago Bears’ charitable arm, and I Grow Chicago held a grand opening block party for the new Family Resource House located at 6407 S. Honore in Englewood on Thursday, Aug. 15. More than 200 community members came to celebrate. Bears Care and the Chicago Bears through the NFL Foundation provided an $80,000 grant to I Grow Chicago for the construction of the Family Resource House, which will aim to empower, educate and employ women and mothers to become community leaders. During construction, residents of I Grow Chicago learned from the contractors on-site and were paid to assist throughout the rehabilitation process.
Alderman Raymond Lopez, Robbin Carroll, Founder, I Grow Chicago, Bears Alumni Bobbie Howard and Marge Hamm Bears Director of Bears Care were all on-hand for the ribbon cutting ceremony and house blessing.
Englewood native Bill Hazel owner of Bill’s Grill Mobile BBQ Food Truck donated his time and services by providing a free BBQ and lunch for the entire community, all attendees and the I Grow Chicago team.
The grand opening showcased I Grow Chicago’s programming at the Family Resource House, which includes parenting education, pre- and post-natal yoga, domestic violence resources, healthy relationship and STI/HIV resources and more. The Family Resource House will also be used for small support groups including the I Grow Chicago Women’s Group and Chicago Torture Justice trauma group and their healing programs such as sound healing and reiki shares.