BJ’s Momentum testimonial

BJ graduated from the first term on the Momentum program in 2013 and has been working hard ever since. When we first met BJ he was in a tough place, living out of his car with little hope for the future. After graduation he immediately got a part-time job and kept...

Johnny on why invest in Urban Alliance

Johnny came to the Momentum program while he was still on parole. He is originally from the south side of Chicago, but, he was stuck in Kalamazoo as a condition of his parole. Johnny spent much of his life in the gangs of Chicago’s south side but he was looking for a...

Dan’s Story of Transformation

When Dan enrolled in the Momentum program, he had recently finished a 15+ year stay in the criminal justice system. He wanted to work, but he was having a hard time finding someone who would give him a chance. During our intake interview we asked him how many jobs he...

Amanda’s stoy of Transformation

Like many others who walk through our doors, Amanda came to us with very little hope in her current situation; she was just released from prison, had an extensive criminal background, and had large gaps in her work history. However, Amanda took the little bit of hope...

Hope in a phone call

It is two weeks after the sixth term of Momentum had ended, and I just received two more phone calls from participants, that makes 6 phone calls or texts since the graduation. But before I tell you what they said let’s back up a bit. The Momentum Employment Solutions...

Building more than a house

I had to lift the hem of my skirt to walk through mounds of wet garbage and junk furniture to get to the back door of 907 Hays Park. All that I could think of was another number…409…gallons and gallons of it to clean this place! Any reasoning that this abandoned house...