Breaking Ground Inc

Chicago, IL   |  www.breakingground.net

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.

Ruling year info

1994

Principal Officer

Mr. Jeff Dennis

Main address

3501 W Fillmore St

Chicago, IL 60624

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EIN

36-3860188

NTEE code info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Vocational Rehabilitation (includes Job Training and Employment for Disabled and Elderly) (J30)

Housing Development, Construction, Management (L20)

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Our programs

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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.

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Breaking Ground Inc

Board of directors
as of 06/04/2016
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Jim Wynn

Ed Wristen

Ken Bestman

Andy Weeks

Art Mitchell

Fred Loffredo

Valarie Rand

Dottress Reeves

Bettye Sherrod

Sarah Schupack

Stuart Nishimoto