EJ is one of Inspiration Corporation’s most active participants. Part of the Wilson Men’s Hotel program, EJ’s commitment to self-improvement serves as a shining example for others. With the help of Inspiration Corporation, he has earned his foodservice sanitation license and is currently pursuing establishing his own non-profit in addition to holding down two jobs. EJ believes he “couldn’t ask for a better program.” EJ now has his own apartment and a very bright future.
Inspiration Corporation made the difficult decision to close the agency’s Woodlawn site, The Living Room Cafe, in December 2015. Since December 2013 when the effects of the Federal sequester began to impact government funding, Inspiration Corporation has lost $186,613 in government grants to support the meals and supportive services programs. Over time, and primarily due to loss of funding to provide basic case management services to participants, programming at the Living Room Cafe drifted away from the agency’s mission to provide meals as a supportive service to individuals working on goals of improving quality of life and attaining self-sufficiency.
Inspiration Corporation is committed, and will continue, to offer and provide services to residents living in Chicago’s south side communities through the housing and workforce development programs.