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Inspire Children

From birth, every child’s capacity to learn is shaped by nutrition, sensory and cognitive stimulation, stable, loving relationships, and early exposure to language and books (Department of Children, Youth and their Families, 2007). Through biblical and researched based programs Circle Urban Ministries works to solve this issue.

Circle Urban Ministries is working to make the Austin community a better place to live, learn, grow and succeed. We take a four-pronged, asset-based approach to community development.

Engage Partners

Circle establishes nurturing strategic relationships with like-minded organizations to form a holistic ministry approach to neighborhood transformation.    In the Austin neighborhood, more than 8 different organizations are united on Circle’s historic 5-building campus to form Austin’s neighborhood transformation partners.

Empower Communities

Often times, low-income communities are devoid of the much needed resources for their residence to survive.  For more than 40 years Circle has identified the assets already present within the Austin community and created strategic partnerships to help supplement the missing resources.

Equip Families

Ongoing research shows that students with involved parents or other caregivers earn higher grades, have better social skills, and show improved behavior.  Circle Urban Ministries holds regular events giving parents and caregivers ideas for home-friendly, literacy-based activities and provides materials that can be used to reinforce a healthy home environment.

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Circle Urban Ministries' 4-Pronged Approach to Community Development

Inspire Children
From birth, every child’s capacity to learn is shaped by nutrition...
Empower Communities
Often times, low-income communities are devoid of the much needed ...
Engage Partners
Circle establishes nurturing strategic relationships with like-minded ...
Equip Families
Ongoing research shows that students with involved parents or other ...
Our Values

To serve the Austin and Oak Park Communities

Our core values are more than just our moral compass. They represent our recipe for ministry, business and community development success.

FAITH BASED

We believe in and have a relationship with God.

We understand that we are made of his image and we work to live as such.

FAMILY

We treat everyone like family.

We respect everyone's time and effort. We do life together.

WELCOMING

We're open, we're humble and we share.

We believe that we must earn the right to share our faith with others.

OPTIMISTIC

We exude positive energy. We identify the opportunities in every situation.

Laughter does a heart good like medicine.

SERVE FIRST

We genuinely enjoy helping others.

We look for opportunities to assist when we can.

“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. ”

– 2 Corinthians 9:7
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Our Management Team

James Borishade

Executive Director & CEO of Circle Urban
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Kim Catchings

Sr. Director of Business Administration
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David Augustus

Sr. Vice President of Building and Facilities
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Kim Molenda

Director of Programs and Outreach
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Contact Us

118 N Central Ave, Chicago, IL 60644, USA.

+1 773-921-1446

office@circleurban.org

Contact Us

118 N Central Ave, Chicago, IL 60644, USA.

+1 773-921-1446

office@circleurban.org

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Our Partners

6 different organizations are united on the 5-building campus to form a wholistic, strategic partnership to meet the needs of God’s people in the Austin Community. These organizations are:

Catalyst Circle Rock Charter School

Catalyst is a vibrant school community serving more than 520 Kindergarten-8th Grade scholars!  Catalyst Circle Rock is guided by a mission in which a child is holistically educated by a school community committed to “Teaching minds and touching hearts.”

Maryville
Organization

Maryville offers a range of programs for children and families including Behavioral Health, Early Childhood, Educational, Family, Jovenes Adelante and Residential services. Maryville helps children and families reach their fullest potential by empowering intellectual, spiritual, moral and emotional growth

PCC Community Wellness Center

PCC Community Wellness Center (PCC)  began in 1980 as the Parent Child Center, a three-room clinic at West Suburban Medical Center that offered prenatal, postpartum, and infant care for underserved residents of Chicago’s Austin community.

Rock of Our Salvation Church

Rock of Our Salvation Church is led by its Senior Pastor Robert Stevenson.  Pastor Rob previously served as Youth Pastor of Rock Church and former Director of After School Programs for Circle Urban Ministries.   Rock Church brings a consistent spiritual component to the Austin Community.

YoungLife Organization

Young Life doesn’t start with a program. It starts with adults who are concerned enough about kids to go to them, on their turf and in their culture, building bridges of authentic friendship. These relationships don’t happen overnight — they take time, patience, trust and consistency.