Breakthrough Urban Ministries, Inc.
Rating: 5 stars 2 reviews
Issues: Children & Youth, Job Training, Religion, Economic Development
Location: PO Box 47200 Chicago IL 60647 USA
Mission: Breakthrough Urban Ministries began in 1992 as a response to the needs of homeless street people. Over the past 15 years, we have provided supportive services to more than 10,000 people in Chicago seeking safety from the effects of poverty, homelessness and addiction. From a simple beginning as a drop-in center and then as an emergency shelter meeting basic survival needs, we grew quickly adding services to address needs for health care, substance abuse counseling and job preparation.With the development of a wider array of programs serving the homeless, we came to realize the need to intervene earlier in the lives of people before bad habits and bad choices could lead to life-damaging consequences. The expansion of our youth outreach effort in East Garfield Park was a pivotal development in the history of the agency that ultimately connected us to neighborhood families and made us aware of the wider range of their needs.
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After my mother passed away in jan of 2000, i realized that i was on my own and that is when i first discovered i had became homeless and being a single parent i had to leave my children with realitives in order to find my way, when i got to breakthrough i had been living in tenessee, memphis and got kicked out because of problems with my brother and his girlfriend and had come back to chicago. after three months of job searching i left my grand fathers house and had went to dhs located 10 s. kedzie & madison st. they placed me at joshuas house the next day and i stayed there from december of 2005 and moved out in july of 2006 and a staff member there by the name of teresa mchenry drove me to my first apartment at the renaissance collaborative on wabash ave with a check from them for my security deposit and three months rent paid. I was still allowed to go to their food pantry and get needed items, they gave me a move out box with needed household supplies, i even came to lunch and dinner also, and the clothes closet that was open on thursday's. they really helped me during and after the fact. This helped me to learn to help myself making me more independent. sharon was a cook there and she would fix us lunch on the weekends when we had to leave at 9am. This was a life changing experience. Thanks for my breakthrough!!!
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BreakThrough serves the Homeless, the Youth, and the oppressed people of Chicago through basic human services, education, shelter, and love. This is authentic Christian Servant Leadership. I've stopped tithing to my church since they've stopped representing Jesus Christ insofar as I've witnessed and re-directed our tithe and offerings here and to other charities who have excellent ratings. My dollar has to go farther to support Christian ministries: Each penny counts at BreakThrough and they judiciously evaluate how best they can serve the urban poor, to encourage and empower them to live full, productive, healthy, happy lives. Christ lives here.
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Pastor Mike Murphy has helped many of us in the wealthy suburbs envision the struggles and need in urban communities. He is gifted in bridging two worlds: Urban and suburban. Wealth-burdened and wealth-starved. Shamefully prideful and sadly humbled. BreakThrough responds to human need in amazing ways.
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....well.... I've seen the changes already! I asked that they not waste paper in sending me monthly statements. I'm a tree hugger and they responded, discontinuing any snail mail, opting for email instead. Ask and ye shall receive! I cannot think of any change to recommend.
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I've been giving my meager financial donations to a wealthy suburban church where I live (as well as other 4-star-rated Christian charities like World Vision). My church has not been good stewards and recently, I've seen a shift from Christlike behavior and doctrine to pharisaical, judgmental, political worldviews. I'm not able to financially support my home-church if the Senior Pastor decides to turn His pulpit into his own pulpit. I'm sad that my church has been corrupted by sin and will continue to serve this community with my spiritual gifts. I give great thanks that I can contribute meaningfully to Christ's mission in other ways.
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His calling. There is such great need with our Urban Poor.
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