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OUR STORIES

UNSTOPPABLE TOGETHER 

THE JOURNEY

My wife and I live in North Chicago. My good friend and local Pastor, Anthony Morgan, always reminds me that we are “unstoppable together.”  Please click here or on the “Unstoppable Together” tab above to see our video series with exciting 2 minute videos told by the people of North Chicago and those involved.

1ST MATTHEW HOME OWNER

JOSH FRANKLIN

Meet Josh Franklin, who seven years ago became the 1st Matthew Home owner. He and his wife Shakea are so happy they live in NorthChicago were they are raising their four children and are actively involved in their community.

STRATEGIC PARTNER

JOHN PRICE

Meet John Price, the Superintendent of schools for North Chicago.  When he saw what ReNew is doing with "Unstoppable Together" he decided to join.  Hear his story of why he feels ReNew is a strategic partner based on shared values for the community.

Morning Insiders: From Blight to Beauty

CBS Morning News

Builder Creates 'Neighbor-To-Neighbor' Relationships With Affordable Homes In North Chicago

LET'S TALK

NORTH CHICAGO LEADERS

Front porch conversation on the vision and the movement of team 300. Meet Alderman Mayfield and Mayor Rockingham.

CHANGE

TOM CORNING

Tom Corning shares the story of how 815 Broadway went from an empty lot to a fully completed foundation in under a month thanks to the tireless work of our volunteers, in-kind donations and financial donations to ReNew. Tom Corning shares the inspiring story of how quickly things are changing in North Chicago.

DEDICATED RESIDENTS

ANNETTE & RICKY HILL

Meet Ricky and Annette Hill who where born and raised in North Chicago. They believe in ReNew's Mission and feel ReNew is building community in North Chicago.

BLESSINGS

ERIC ESCALANTE

Meet Eric who is looking forward to his volunteer hours as a prospective Matthew Home owner, not just to work alongside his dad, but to serve alongside others as use their blessings to build community in North Chicago.

DREAMS COME TRUE

ROD WALTON

Meet Rod Walton, a life long reseident of North Chicago. Hear his story of finding his “dream home”

GROWING TOGETHER

THE BRANKIN FAMILY

Meet the Brankin's who are Matthew Homeowners and are teaching others how to grow fresh produce. They are growing together with the residents North Chicago.

A NEW HOME

ASHLEY'S HOME

Meet Ashley, a volunteer who became 2nd Matthew Home owner.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

ORREN PICKELL

Meet Orren Pickell who shares why ReNew is a great way to invest in successful community development work while making a difference in NorthChicago.

USHERING HOMEOWNERSHIP

TAMMY MOORE

Meet Tammy Moore who is using her gifts and talents to “convert renters into to homeowners" in North Chicago.

THE SMITH FAMILY ON ARGONNE

BYRON SMITH

Meet Byron Smith a Matthew Home Owner

REVITALIZING NORTH CHICAGO

DAVE MUMMERY

Meet Dave Mummery who shares how to put a deck together and the values behind it not only as a Matthew Home owner, but a skilled craftsman that is intentional around revitalizing his community.

NEXT GENERATION

TAMEKA WILSON

Meet Tameka Wilson who grew up in North Chicago and has moved back to start Youth Build, a non-profit providing job and readiness skills for the next generation in North Chicago. She shares why Renew is such an essential partner in the work of the city.

COLLABORATION

STACY SARD & BRIAN BENNER

Meet Stacy Sard  and Brian Benner who share the design story of the newly built Matthew Home.  Brian and Stacy collaborate on donated custom cabinets in the kitchen and bathroom to create a wonderful home. Please consider donating your resources today.

QUALITY PRODUCTS

TIM DUNN

Meet Tim Dunn who is using his connections and business to provide “quality products" to new homes in North Chicago.

HOUSES TO HOMES

VOLUNTEERS

Meet Kathy Warfield, Rick Jacobson, and others who are unstoppable together using their gifts and talents serving in North Chicago and learn how you can be a part of this great work happening right now.

CONTENTMENT

JACK MARTIN

Meet Jack Martin who started serving in North Chicago in 2017 and fell in love with volunteering and is now the Director of Landscaping with Matthew Homes where he and so many volunteers have "found contentment".

COLLABORATION

TOM CORNING

Meet Tom Corning, the Coordinator for Design and Construction for Matthew Homes who shares the great collaboration story between Ozinga Concrete and CC Concrete, a local minority-owned contractor, who are investing in North Chicago through partnership with ReNew.

TEAM 300

ANGENETTA

Angenetta has lived and worked in North Chicago for a long time, including with the city to identify and remove blighted homes in the community. That is when she met David Weil and then she joined Team 300.

HOME BUILDER

BRUNO

Bruno shares his story of doing what he loves so that volunteers can join the fun and be a part of Matthew Homes great work.

THE OWENS FAMILY STORY

LEGACY

Meet the latest family to join North Chicago – The Owens Family. They moved from Chicago to purchase their first home through ReNew’s Matthew Homes program. They feel this is a "wonderful place to raise kids and grandkids while being a part of a supportive community.” We hope you enjoy!

COMMUNITY

MAYOR LEON ROCKINGHAM JR

North Chicago Mayor Leon Rockingham Jr. shares what ReNew means to him while sharing his story of growing up in North Chicago and support for the "great work" ReNew is doing in the community.

REFLECTIONS

DAVID WEIL

Meet David Weil who shares his final reflections and invites everyone to participate in Unstoppable Together by donating to this incredible movement.

SIGN UP TO BE A VOLUNTEER

Click below to check out our various volunteer opportunities. Let’s work together to be the hands and feet of God.

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