@ THE COLLECTIVE
"IT'S ALL ABOUT MUTUALITY."
Launched in Uptown, Chicago November of 2018. A small group of passionate community developers began creating a space for young men with a history of homelessness to change their trajectory.
We are all held to the same standard of self- betterment. From staff to new residents, we all operate equally and hold each other to the same standard. This unique environment is an organic, team-driven movement towards self-sustainability.
We believe patient persistence in the same direction creates positive change. Meet the team who is bringing the change.
MEET THE TEAM
- BLACK ENSEMBLE THEATER -
A business grad from Bethel University, Dan is the lead dreamer and system implementor. He focuses on the growth and measurement of program effectiveness, strategic partnerships, fundraising for the organization and personal development training, or "life coaching" for residents.
CO-FOUNDER & DIRECTOR
After graduating from Cornell, Adam unicycled from Canada to Mexico before settling into Chicago. He quickly dove into approaching homelessness in mutuality where he took responsibility for implementing a sustainable and holistic model to interrupt cycles of poverty.
Born and raised in Chicago, Jackie arose a distinguished actress, singer, director, playwright and founder of the first ever black theater in the north side of Chicago. She currently runs the 20 million dollar theater to creating change through art and opportunity.
- NAOMI'S HOUSE -
Simone leads a residential home for women who have suffered from commercial sexual exploitation. She has created a comprehensive residential program offering a trauma-informed approach to integrated healing that leads to life-transformation.
- THE BUDLONG -
An Uptown, Chicago native, Jason is a powerful advocate for the Collective approach. Unjustly incarcerated for 20 years, he came back to Uptown to land housing, work and a redemptive community that transformed his trajectory. Now an experienced advocate he serves the board and resident's into continued growth.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF PARTNERSHIPS
- WORLD VISION -
As founder of the fastest growing charity endurance program in the US, Michael and his team fundraise millions of dollars for clean water projects and community development all over the globe. He advises in fundraising and creative strategy for partnerships with the organization.