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Located in the Grand Crossing and Englewood communities, YCMI has been providing shelter and other basic needs to our homeless neighbors for 15 years.  Today, You Can Make It provides interim housing, hot meals and a variety of social services to help over 400 plus people, annually.  Our mission is to assist families in turning their despair into hope and their shame into dignity and secure housing again. We believe that You Can Make It, if you try.

University of Chicago nurses provided warm clothes and hugs for residents at You Can Make It. On Friday February 26th nurses, including Stephanie Moore, Sandra Armstrong and others visited our Laflin location to bless many of our residents with warm scarfs and hats, as well as pants and shirts.  We greatly appreciate the efforts of those who are willing to make a difference in the lives of those experiencing homelessness.

You Can Make It !

More than 1.5 million children without a home…You can help!

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  • Homeless Women With Sons

    A former resident of You Can Make It has committed to returning to the shelter as a motivational speaker.  Ms. Grayson feels passionate about the importance of educating the public about the real struggles of homeless women and children.  She wants people to realize how vital it is for these families to get the support that they so desperately need.  The following is her latest installment to our YCMI blog. If a homeless woman with children has a son over the age of 15 she will no...

  • Most Pressing Issues for Homeless Women

    We asked the women who had lived in shelters for extended periods of time what they considered to be the most pressing issues.  Ms. Grayson wrote the following response: The most pressing issues a homeless woman with children have to deal with is that their is no stability in their lives. She may not know for certain if they will have somewhere to stay or have anything to eat.

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Stopping the Cycle

Stopping the Cycle of Homelessness must be instilled in the children.  You Can Make It! Is launching an initiative to provide educational support for school age homeless children. Homeless women and children face a real challenge with finding stability. This is especially witnessed with school age children.

The Need in Englewood

With national attention being drawn to the Englewood community after the unfortunate death of Darion Alberts, many became aware of the violent and volatile living conditions that plague our impoverished area on the south side of Chicago. But the media did not show that many of our households are ripped apart due to domestic violence, forcing homelessness on fearful mothers and their children. With compassion for those mothers who have reached our doors, clutching their children along with scraps of salvaged belongings, we have realized that the problem of forced homelessness has widened. Our response is to seek methods to quickly find permanent housing and stability for homeless women and children.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has added changes to the definition of "Homeless." The HUD changes address four broad categories of homelessness s that include the following: 1) People who are living in a place not meant for human habitation, 2) People who are losing their primary nighttime residence, 3) Families with children or unaccompanied youth who are unstably housed and likely to continue in that state and 4) People who are fleeing or attempting to flee domestic violence. A summary of the changes can be accessed through the National Alliance to End Homelessness.  Read more...

Will you help?

YCMI Donation Wish List

  • Sheets for twin beds
  • Pillow Cases
  • Flatware to serve meals
  • Blinds for Windows
  • Blankets
  • Plates
  • Office Supplies (copy paper, ink, pens, etc.)
  • Funds for Shelter Stays
  • Funds for Hot Meals
  • Funds for Bus Passes, Childcare, etc.
  • Volunteers
  • Prayers
  • Helping Homeless Families to Make It

    The lack of stability makes it extremely difficult to transition into permanent housing. We need your help to continue our efforts in providing for needy, homeless families on Chicago's South side.  Call me to learn how you can help.  Because with us working together those who need it can make it !

     Phone: 773-890-9681  

    Thank you

    J. Kennedy

    Executive Director

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