This August, I’m raising money again for the Renew Chicago Triathlon team. For the first time though I’m doing the Triple Challenge which is all 3 tri distances in one weekend. Please consider donating through the link as all proceeds go directly to Chicago based charities like Breakthrough Urban Ministries
As the child of a single mother who struggled to make ends meet in the almost always cold and rough city of Chicago, I saw her work 3 jobs while going to school full time pursuing a better future for us. And even though I spent many late nights sleeping in restaurant booths while she waitressed I still had a bed to sleep in eventually. But what if she lost her job? We’d have nowhere to go. Many families here now face that very thing and Breakthrough Urban Ministries is working hard to help hard working people get back on their feet
Just as the Chicago Triathlon is a part of the personality of this city of Big Shoulders so Breakthrough contributes to Chicago’s identity in such a positive way. Brings this city together taking care of our people our children our families. That there’s more to us than the violence, crime, and corruption. A light in a dark place. Chicago the Second city can be the city of second chances.
Breakthrough is committed to community revitalization in East Garfield Park on Chicago's West Side, and for 25 years has followed a profoundly simple formula: people first. Each year, Breakthrough provides housing, food, job training, medical care, education, and youth development activities to over 5,000 local residents. Throughout all of its services, Breakthrough envisions a vibrant, healthy community in which all people recognize their God given value and where success is the norm and families prosper.
Rooted in partnership with a diverse collection of non-profits, Renew Chicago, a standalone 501(c)3, provides financial and leadership resources and volunteers to more than a dozen local outreach organizations across three core focus areas: Neighborhood Impact, Schools and Education and Economic Renewal.