Our mission is to empower our neighbors to become catalysts of and participants in a flourishing Southside Chicago community.

We work with people one-on-one to design specific solutions to long-term unemployment and holistic family flourishing. Our operations include case management services, employment services, housing development through partnership with Living Hope Church, and economic and art engagement programming for high school youth. 

Hope Works is built on the premise that jobs are critical to a healthy family and community. When a family has a steady income, it permeates to their health, their children's education, and the family's overall well-being. At Hope Works, we believe that hope truly does work.

Woodlawn: Our Community

A fractured economic environment and complex individualized barriers limit the potential of many Woodlawn families. Unemployment and poverty drain our neighborhood and ravage our families and community. 

 
 

The Facts About Woodlawn 

 
Woodlawn experiences 6.2 felonies per 100 people, 1.5x more than Chicago's record.

Woodlawn experiences 6.2 felonies per 100 people, 1.5x more than Chicago's record.

 
  While the national unemployment rate stays stagnant at 5%, Woodlawn's rate is more than four times that amount.

 

While the national unemployment rate stays stagnant at 5%, Woodlawn's rate is more than four times that amount.

 
of Woodlawn adults have less than a high school diploma.

of Woodlawn adults have less than a high school diploma.

 

Woodlawn is in need of holistic community transformation that reaches across generations and through the entire person and society physical, economic, social, systematic, familial, and individual.

 

Hope Works strives to address these issues of poverty and unemployment not only by finding and creating resources, but by equipping individuals to independently engage resources available to them

We do this through one-on-one interactions that empower community members to reach for employment opportunities.


87%

50%

are interested in continuing their education

of our clients have a high school diploma or less

35%

do not have safe or stable housing


Current Programs:
Mobility Action Partners (MAP)

Upcoming Programs:
GED Tutoring
Youth Ceramics Program

 

 

“I feel like I have two new guardian angels. I went into today having no idea how I was going to do it all, and now I have a place to start and people to help me along the way

— TANZANIA, A CLIENT

Let's work together. 

Our organization is built on grassroots participation. As a Community Advocate, you will have the privilege to mentor a member of our community and help them thrive. 

Come and partner with us as a volunteer or as an intern. Applicants should be committed to community development and eager to work as a team with the senior staff. 

 

You can support us in three ways:

 

1. Pray for us and the growth of our community as we face chronic unemployment, violence, need for economic vitality, lack of adequate health care and familial instability. 

2. Volunteer or intern with us and lend us your time.

3. Donate with your financial resources. 

 

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MAIN OFFICE

6414 South Cottage Grove Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637
U.S.A.

EMAIL

info@hopeworkschicago.org

PHONE

+1 (312) 709-1381