what we do
Connecting people to resources and social services.
Since 2016, we have been evaluating the needs of people living in the Greater Grand Crossing community. After conducting research, community assessments, and talking to our neighbors, we had to be a part of the solution. The Chance Center represents a collaboration of community-based partners working together to empower and prepare marginalized residents to become positive, successful and self-sufficient members of the community. Our clientele includes ex-offenders, single parents, high-school drop outs, young adults, and general residents in search of opportunities to create better lives for their families.
To intentionally remove barriers that deny equal access to opportunities that improve the overall quality of life of individuals and families living in under-resourced areas; such as, Greater Grand Crossing and its neighboring communities.
To see people gainfully employed, legal barriers removed, living in permanent housing, and families restored.
We believe when a person's needs are met, their household gets better.
As a result, the community gets better!
what we offer
Through partnership, our services shift the narrative.
Through partnership with Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (CVLS) and New Life Covenant Church Southeast (NLCSE), we provide free legal advice and services. Services include: Landlord/Tenant Law, Contract Disputes, Family Law, Probate Court, Contract Review, and Criminal Record Expungement. To set up an appointment, call 773-285-1731. For more information, email LegalClinic@nlcsehelp.org.
Through partnership with Safer Foundation, NLCSE, and Greater Chatham Initiative, we provide workforce development services; such as, resume writing, 1-on-1 coaching, and access to an online job portal. Also, we host quarterly workshops for job seekers and individuals in need of a second chance. For more information, email JobCoaches@nlcsehelp.org.
Through partnership with NLCSE, we provide gently used professional clothing to those in need of clothing for interviews and work. All clothing is donated by the staff of NLCSE Corporate office. This program is by referral only. For more information, email TheCloset@nlcsehelp.org.
We believe housing is a human right. Our goal is to help everyone obtain permanent housing. In order to achieve this, we assess your current housing situation and provide pathways to emergency housing, transitional housing, and permanent housing. Also, through partnership with Far South CDC we provide homeowner counseling and debt management services. For more information, email Housing@nlcsehelp.org.
Who We Are
Who we are
A Pastor’s Vision
John F. Hannah is the founder and Senior Pastor of New Life Covenant Church Southeast (NLCSE), one of the largest congregations in the country founded in March 2004.
After outgrowing a property purchased in 2008, NLCSE decided to build a larger facility in GGC to be a community church and facility for performing arts. Other projects to improve the quality of life include: the "Temple Project", Art In Motion Charter School, Counseling Center, Southeast Food Pantry and the Chance Center.
Pastor Hannah's vision is to see the Greater Grand Crossing community filled with resources and opportunities for residents of Chicago, IL. The Chance Center is a manifestation of his vision to see those in need helped and given another CHANCE at New Life.
Meet Shammrie Brown
Shammrie Brown is a passionate servant-leader dedicated to the forward progression of communities and individuals in need.
Early in his career, Shammrie worked as a Case Manager for the Quad County Urban League and served as an Outreach Specialist for the State Representative of the 83rd District in Aurora, IL. Currently, Shammrie is the Director of Community Relations for New Life Covenant Church Southeast (NLCSE) and serves as the Executive Director of the Chance Center.
Best known for his presentations on community partnership, Shammrie has created and implemented a Community Partnership Network, bringing stakeholders and NLCSE together.
Shammrie, originally from Grand Rapids, MI, earned a bachelor's degree in social work from Aurora University. He is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Urban Leadership at Northern Seminary on the Southside of Chicago, IL. Shammrie is married to Imani Brown.
finance and banking
Brittany Willis received her Bachelor's Degree in Family and Consumer Science (Concentration in Consumer Studies) from Eastern Illinois University. While completing her degree, she interned in Wealth Management with Merrill Lynch and worked for Bank of America. Brittany later received her Masters of Business Administration (Finance Concentration) from Keller Graduate School of Management while working for J.P Morgan Chase. Brittany has 8 years of experience in banking, accounting/finance and compliance/operational risk ,and is currently employed with Byline Bank. Lastly, Ms. Willis is a Licensed Leasing Agent with Coldwell Banker Residential Division.
Myesha Maloy received her BS in Accounting from Florida A & M University and she also received her Masters of Business Administration from Roosevelt University. She has over 10 years of experience in accounting/finance and operations management. Ms. Maloy is currently employed with Kraft Heinz.
CORRECTIONS & PUBLIC SAFETY
Thomas Hurley is a co-vocational minister and has served in the field of Corrections/Public Safety for more than 25 years. Serving in the public and private sector Tom has been a part of implementing several pilot programs nationally, including the implementation of a statewide re-entry program for parolees at a high risk for recidivism. He has a significant depth of knowledge in the criminal justice system and evidenced based practices. He currently works for the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice as the Assistant Superintendent of Operations of the IYC Chicago Facility for juvenile offenders.
Early Childhood Development
Jenil holds a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education, from DePaul University. Here is where she gained her love of making learning fun for children ages birth to 12 years old. Wanting to share her interest, Jenil then joined Illinois Action for Children (IAFC). At IAFC Jenil learned the importance of building relationships with people of various backgrounds. In doing so she enjoyed the opportunity to share her passion and knowledge of infant - toddler development, to bring about optimal relationship based care for children birth to 3 years old.
LAW AND EDUCATION
Marques Rice is an Associate Director of Career Services and Adjunct Professor at The John Marshall Law School. He formerly practiced as a litigator with the City of Chicago’s Corporation Counsel. Marques also owns Debbie's Floral Shoppe, a family business in the north suburbs of Chicago. Marques holds a Juris Doctor from The John Marshall Law School and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Illinois Wesleyan University where he also played for the men’s soccer team.