Family is of the utmost importance to lifelong East Garfield Park resident James Davis Sr. He remembers a time in his neighborhood where community and unity thrived. When it comes to raising his children, these are the ideals he hopes to instill to help equip them to impact Garfield Park’s future.
In underserved communities like East Garfield Park, youth thrive when they have access to networks of support and spaces where they can develop. As more residents, children, and businesses utilize the FamilyPlex, Otis’ dream is realized.
Rozy hails from a small, beautiful Caribbean island in the West Indies called Dominica. For 15 years, Rozy worked as a civil servant in her native country’s government. When her family migrated to America, she felt her purpose was threatened. How could she be a resource to the people around her in such a large, unfamiliar place?
She started by passing out water bottles to those in need, suffering from the humid Houston summer heat. What started as a monthly day of service, became both a public watering hole and an on-the-street ministry. "That was an upside for me being in the US. Dominica is a small island with needs to be met but I never thought that I’d see so many people in America with so many needs. It really touched me.”
When Rozy’s son asked her to move with him to the West Side of Chicago, she resisted it at first, but eventually she was led to her breakthrough.
We had a great turnout this past Saturday for the latest event co-sponsored by BYN Sports and Fitness, Arts and Science Academy and Communities Partnering for Peace. Over 200 people came out to watch the March Madness Final Four games, eat dinner, register for spring programs and enjoy bounce...
Breakthrough's own Bill Curry was a featured speaker at the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation's (IICF) annual fundraiser. IICF has been a long-time supporter of Breakthrough and we were honored to be recognized at their event. At the event, Bill was interviewed by CBS Chicago's Rob...