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Bears Care And I Grow Chicago To Hold Family Resource House Grand Opening

Bears Care, the Chicago Bears’ charitable arm, and I Grow Chicago will hold a grand opening for the new Family Resource House in Englewood on Thursday, Aug. 15, with a block party from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. and the dedication at 12 p.m. (exterior photos attached, credit Chicago Bears). Bears Care and the Chicago Bears through the NFL Foundation provided an $80,000 grant to I Grow Chicago for the construction of the Family Resource House, which will aim to empower, educate and employ women and mothers to become community leaders. During construction, residents of I Grow Chicago learned from the contractors on-site and were paid to assist throughout the rehabilitation process.

Englewood native Bill Hazel owner of Bill’s Grill Mobile BBQ Food Truck will also be on hand donating his time and services by providing free BBQ and lunch for the entire community, all attendees and the I Grow Chicago team.

 WHAT: I Grow Chicago Family Resource House rand opening

 WHEN: Thursday, Aug. 15, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. with the dedication at 12 p.m.

 WHERE: I Grow Chicago (6402 S. Honore St., Chicago)


  • Bears alumni Mickey Pruitt and Bobbie Howard
  • Bears Director of Bears Care Marge Hamm
  • Quentin Mables, Co-Executive Director, I Grow Chicago
  • Robbin Carroll, Founder, I Grow Chicago
  • Alderman Raymond Lopez
  • Bill Hazel, an Englewood native who is the owner of Bill's Grill, which will be donating lunch for the community celebration

 NOTES: The grand opening will also showcase I Grow Chicago’s programming at the Family Resource House, which includes parenting education, pre- and post-natal yoga, domestic violence resources, healthy relationship and STI/HIV resources and more. The Family Resource House will also be used for small support groups including the I Grow Chicago Women’s Group and Chicago Torture Justice trauma group and their healing programs such as sound healing and reiki shares.

 About Bears Care

The Chicago Bears have a longstanding tradition of supporting numerous charities and assisting those in need. Bears Care was incorporated in 2005 as a 501 © 3 organization committed to improving the quality of life for people in the Chicagoland community, especially disadvantaged children and their families, through targeted programs supporting education, youth athletics, and medical research and health awareness programs focusing on breast and ovarian cancer. Since that time, Bears Care has issued grants totaling more than $19.5 million to over 100 qualifying agencies.

 About I Grow Chicago

In 2014, I Grow Chicago opened the Peace House, a previously abandoned home in West Englewood that they transformed into a community gathering space. They are creating a culture of hope in Englewood, where a community is ready to make a difference for themselves, their neighbors, and their children. I Grow Chicago engages and employs residents to build their vision of their community and collaboratively work together to lead in five service areas: mentorship and skill building, restorative justice and community building, yoga and mindfulness, creative expression and sustainability and urban farming. They assist approximately 280 individuals on a weekly basis (150 adults and 130 youth) and 3,000 individuals per year. For more information, please visit

Keywords: Bears Care, Chicago Bears, I Grow Chicago

Posted in Englewood Quality of Life, Good In Englewood, Community Events

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