“I started coming because I liked the camps, games, and especially the candy bars given out for attendance, but stayed because of the leaders who made time to welcome and get to know me. They were always willing to spend time with me.”
Frog’s younger siblings attended the programs as well. “Our parents loved that we were involved at ICI and would send us to as many of the programs as possible, knowing it was a safe place and a good influence for us.”
Over time, and primarily because of the relationships he had built with ICI staff, Frog realized he needed to also pursue a relationship with God. He accepted Christ while attending a house church and continued to grow in his faith with the encouragement and support of ICI staff.
Following his graduation, Frog joined ICI as a volunteer and for the past 10 years has continued to be involved in all of the programs serving K-5 through Junior High. Today, Frog primarily volunteers with the K-5 program:
“I continue to volunteer at ICI because I want to be a positive influence on the kids just like the leaders were a positive influence on me growing up. I love ICI and I still love to spend time with the staff because they are different from other people. They are positive.”
October 10, 2017
ICI became a place where Brian could be a kid. Then it became so much more.
December 1, 2020
Along my journey, God put humble leaders in my life. Being around those people made me want to imitate them and I realized leadership isn’t about outward strength but about setting an example for others to follow.
May 1, 2020
Due to incredible and sudden economic hardship for the families of children we serve in Chicago and Cicero, Inner City Impact is providing weekly food assistance to 50 – 70 families in need. Our focus is on ICI families we know have economic hardship and families with which we have a long-standing, gospel-centered relationship.