Who We Are?

The ministries of our organization were borne primarily out of the personal history of the President of In His Grip Ministries and to some degree in response to the statistical information provided by The National Runaway Switchboard which estimates that on any given night there are approximately 1.3 million homeless youth living unsupervised on the streets, in abandoned buildings, with friends or strangers, making them extremely vulnerable to dangers, drugs, depression and death. In Illinois in general and in Chicago in particular, there has been a continual increase in the number of homeless youth and young adults. For youth and young adults homeless in Chicago and many of the surrounding suburbs, it is attributed to: pregnant or parenting teens, former or current wards of the State Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS), familial domestic violence, or those youth who have been kicked out of their family homes after openly identifying themselves as Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender or Questioning (LGBTQ) The Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) indicated that in the year 2011 to 2012 the homeless population of Chicago’s youth and young adults raging in age from 14-21, was 10.4% or 10,995. Further, CCH reported in a survey of 200 homeless youth and young adults, 33% had been physically attacked or assaulted, 20% had been raped or sexually assaulted, and 12% engaged in prostitution.

Because of those statistics and others, we have developed the following ministries to assist those youth and young adults and their ensuing families in overcoming such tragic occurrences, with the prayer of equipping them to rise above what was done to them through no fault of their own.

In His Grip Ministries is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. © 2013. All rights reserved.

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