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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Educational Services, Homeless & Housing, Housing Development, Construction & Management, Human Service Organizations, Job Training, Vocational Rehabilitation

Mission: We strive to reach out to an inner-city neighborhood, North Lawndale, which is struggling with the traumatic consequences of urban poverty: poor schools, low levels of education, drug addiction, unstable housing, crime, high rates of incarceration, and homelessness. Our mission is to establish, educate, and empower North Lawndale families to gain the economic and spiritual tools that lead to hope and self-sufficiency.

Programs: Affordable Housing program: We build affordable, single-family homes for low-income North Lawndale families. Our homes are considered to be the most affordable in Chicago, as well as the best product for the price, according to Chicago's 24th Ward Alderman, Michael Chandler.Our APL Teaching Factory provides an intensive, six-week course that equips participants with the basic skills needed for entry-level employment, industry trade programs, and GED programs. We also provide ongoing placement services, as well as family, spiritual, and career development counseling. Additionally, we will soon open our Manufacturing Credentialing Center, which will provide participants nationally-recognized manufacturing credentials. APL Teaching Factory is particularly successful with our large number of ex-offender participants, who face extreme barriers to re-entering the workforce.Beneficiaries: Steans Family Foundation, Chicago Community Trust, LISC, JPMorgan Chase Bank, Wells Fargo Housing Foundation, Lloyd A. Fry Foundation, Khesed Foundation, First American Homeownership Foundation.

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

To Whom it may concern: I like coming to the Apl Teaching Factory because I like the computer skills. I especially spend a lot of time working on a math website. It helps me with my math skills. I have learned how to send e-mails(I have a gmail account now !). It is fun. Devotion, which is led by Mr. Connie, is broken down. Some of it I understand, some of it I don’t. BreakingGround gets me motivated and helps me get back on my feet. Right now I stay at a homeless shelter but somehow the employees there got in contact with someone here. I thought it was going to be another program that didn’t really help me but now I’m glad I get up everyday to come here. The teacher here tells me to speak up for myself and not to be afraid of what she or anyone else thinks. It makes me feel good to know that someone cares. I was put into a special class that teaches at a slower pace and allows me to catch up with the world. Some people might think a smaller class means ‘dum’b , but it just means I get more attention to get what I need. And they assured me grades have nothing to do with getting a job. It’s following the rules and how I act. I want a job so I’m sticking to the rules! Sincerely, Joseph Barnes

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

Robert Thomeson To Whom It May Concern, my time at Breaking Ground has turned out better than I expected. Being that I’m young, I thought I wasn’t going to have much interest in this program because of the fact that I wanted to be outside and hanging out with friends. But this is turning out to be a good experience. I just recently graduated from high school and didn’t intend on going to a college or university. I was finding times were hard to get a job and was starting to stress until I was informed about this program. I thought it was a blessing. Now I have something to do with my time instead of sitting in the house all day. I think this program will be beneficial in the near future. I enjoy the class and the students here at Breaking Ground. I’m glad I’m here. I thank the Breaking Ground family for this experience during these hard times because without the help they gave me from this program, I think I would still be going through a struggle trying to figure out what I will do with my future. Sincerely, Robert Thomeson

1

Volunteer

Rating: 4

BREAKING GROUND Here at Breaking Ground has been a new and wonderful thing, learning new skill and refreshing on old thing. It’s not just a learning place you can also get a trade here. I been here about three months and I have learned lot of things about the bible that i didn’t know before so that is wonderful thing too. The teacher here are willing to take there time with you and there willing to talk to you on a personal level; and they’re real understanding and I like that I think we need more program in the community like Breaking Ground .I get a lot out the program. So far I learn some basic computer skills; how To put a business plane together and also i need to bring my math skill up to get in the manufacturing class So I sill need a little help in that area Your; Truly Antoine Williams

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

To; Whom it may concern: I am determined to get a job at the end of this program. I will be sending my resume to at least 10 companies by Feb. Hear at breaking ground I have learned leadership, education and experience and a new attitude. This is an opportunity for me at breaking grounding, not only that but the teacher hear at breaking ground, really do care. And i thank god for them. Sincerely Arbie Rogers

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Breaking Ground I was referred to Breaking Ground by my reentry coach at Safer Foundation. They thought it would be to my advantage to come here. I would learn trades that would open my mind to different work settings and job option. I learn how to have patience with my classmates. The staff is always willing to help with our personal problems as well as homework or assignment. I get at lot of feedback from the structure of Breaking Ground: of how to handle things in civilized manner. Devotion is a great way to be inspired to start your morning on track and focus. What’s the best about the environment of Breaking Ground? The environment the staff and students is that they all try help each in behavior or assignments to the best of their ability; because that’s all our responsibility. In conclusion the Breaking Ground APL Teaching Factory is a place for anybody that wants a change to a better lifestyle and education. We can be a role model to someone where we all were at one point in our life. This is the transition to making any man or woman to attack their goals and long awaited life achievements. Sincerely, Edward Winters

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Breaking Ground At Breaking Ground community it’s a family based program. We have devotion in the morning to start a day filled in spirit. Then we have “Tell it like it is” to ease to the stress from a day to day lives in open discussion. At Breaking Ground we have different job opportunities to help ex-offenders with job placement. The staff here is very punctual and understanding to our needs and concerns. On Fridays we are welcome to come for open study and tutoring in the area’s that are troubling in class. My experience at Breaking Ground is very motivating for my background. So that I look beyond my past and move forward in the business world or in the field. I really got to know a better understanding in percents and fractions. Also, they also have taught us patience when we get what we been looking for: we’ll know how to hold on to our job. Mr. Jordan taught us in job readiness to open minds of how a business works. So that we can get a feel of how we should value business and to keep it prosperous. In closing the Breaking Ground is a great place to relearn math and computer skills. If you just want come fellowship with us we’ll be than honored for your appreciation. You’ll never know what you have until you use it. Thanks for your time and consideration. Sincerely, Marcellus Blackwell-