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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Rating: 5 stars  

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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