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humans of sweet water…meet vora long williams

Vora is a lifelong resident of Englewood who has witnessed many changes in the community. Despite the changes, Vora is dedicated to the Englewood community and to connecting people to each other and resources. In 2017, Vora found Sweet Water Foundation during a walk through the neighborhood. She has had the opportunity to get to know the team and see changes at The Commons. After retiring from the US Postal Service, Vora became a community leader and hopes to be a Life Coach someday. Sweet Water Foundation is excited to share Vora’s story and looks forward to continuing the relationship. We invite you to read more about Vora.

living bench @ physics building

On a cold afternoon in early January, the SWF team visited The Smart Museum of Art to [de]construct the Radical [Re]Constructions exhibit. Most of the exhibit returned to The Commons for a new project, the [Re]Construction House, but the bench that was the focal point of the exhibit, found a home in the courtyard outside the University of Chicago’s Physics Building.

Read on to learn more about the significance of the Living Bench’s new home outside the Physics Building.

2018 Annual Summary

2018 was a year of [Re]Construction, [Re]Connection, and [Re]Generation. We built. We created. We nourished the land and people. Most importantly, we brought people together to learn, to express, to break bread, and to CELEBRATE! Together, we practice Regenerative Neighborhood Development. None of this would have been possible without the support and dedication of the SWF Team + Family and the generosity of our Partners and Supporters. Thank you for making 2018 amazing! We look forward to regenerating with you in 2019. Click below to read the full 2018 Annual Summary.


Transforming 'Blight' to Life.

Sweet Water Foundation utilizes a blend of urban agriculture, art and education to transform vacant spaces and abandoned buildings into economically and ecologically productive and sustainable community assets that produce engaged youth, skilled workers, art, locally-grown food , and affordable housing.


Regenerative Neighborhood Development


Engaging Families


Cultivating Career Pathways


Delivering Experiential Education


Building Local Economy