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Final Project Interim Report

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The non-profit organization that I chose to research is By the Hand Club For Kids. The central campus for By the Hand is located on 1000 N. Sedgwick Chicago, IL 60610 in Cabrini Green. The organization’s website is www.bythehand.org. You can contact the organization by phone at (312) 305.2622 and by fax at (312) 274.9570. You can also email the founder and director at Donnita.Travis@bythehand.org. The independent organization has been in existence for eleven years.

By The Hand Club For Kids, formerly known as Kids’ Club, is an after school program that was established in 2001 by Donnita Travis. Travis founded the after school program, which extends the school day by about four hours and offers help with homework and one-on-one reading instruction. "The mission of By The Hand Club is just like our name says. It is to take kids by the hand and to walk with them from first grade all the way through college," Travis said. The non-profit organization started out in the Cabrini Green area, serving sixteen children. It has since branched out to the Austin community, Englewood, and Altgeld Gardens. The Austin campus is located at 500 N. Laramie, Chicago, IL, which is also my home church. By The Hand uses our church building to accommodate over 250 children. By The Hand Club for Kids now serves 851 students and has a waiting list. It is primarily funded through private donation.

By the Hand is stationed in the heart of a broken culture. The neighborhoods are ghetto areas with low income families and run-down buildings. Active fathers are not very common in any of the neighborhoods where By the Hand Clubs are stationed. It is VERY rare for families to consist of the biological mother and biological father in the same home as the child. These neighborhoods are filled with drugs, violence, gang activity, police brutality, and racism. By the Hand represents a Safe Haven for the children, a safe environment that represents a clean, loving, genuine, and Godly...