Humans of Sweet Water...Meet Orrin Williams

In 2010, Orrin Williams met Sweet Water Foundation's Co-Founder, Emmanuel Pratt, at a meeting in West Englewood. An instant bond was formed as they quickly recognized the synergies in their work and a shared vision of transformation on Chicago’s South side. The two have been working together ever since and Sweet Water Foundation has benefited greatly from Orrin’s leadership, vision, and contributions over the years.  

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From Dublin to Chicago: Fractal Seating Amplify Educators Workshop

On Saturday, February 24th, more than 40 educators participated in Sweet Water Foundation’s Fractal Seating Workshop at the Smart Museum of Art. The workshop was featured as part of the University of Chicago’s Amplify Education Series, which seeks to develop a model of collaboration that leads to a systemically, and sustainably networked education community that supports rich and dynamic arts learning experiences.

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RADICAL [RE]CONSTRUCTION OF COMMUNITY: FOOD, ART, AND REGENERATIVE PLACEMAKING ON CHICAGO’S SOUTH SIDE

Over the past several years, Chicago has been highlighted in the media as a ‘tale of two cities’: one of them safe and prosperous, the other dangerous and poor—and both of them growing more so. Amidst these crises, a radical [re]construction of community is underway at the Perry Ave Commons on Chicago’s South Side, fueled by food, art, and the practice of Regenerative Placemaking.

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Jia Li Pratt
Humans of Sweet Water...Meet Rudy Taylor

In 2016, Rudy Taylor was introduced to Sweet Water Foundation through a long-time, mutual colleague and mentor. Intrigued by the organization’s work and camaraderie, Rudy began to practice his craft - furniture design - out of a small area at Sweet Water Foundation’s workshop. Slowly, but surely, he became more engaged with the carpentry program and began supporting young apprentices...

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Jia Li Pratt
Humans of Sweet Water...Meet Devontae Phillips

Meet Devontae Phillips...a class of 2016 graduate of Dunbar Vocational High School who started working as part of Sweet Water Foundation's (SWF) Apprenticeship and Outreach Program during the summer of 2015. Inspired by his experience and the camaraderie of the Sweet Water team, he continued working as an apprentice with SWF throughout his senior year via a work study program that allowed him to earn, learn, and receive school credits. Devontae is now a union carpenter and continues to work with SWF as a mentor and volunteer.

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Jia Li Pratt
Humans of Sweet Water...Meet the Farm Team

At the Perry Ave Commons, everyone contributes to the Perry Ave Community Farm. But, there are three individuals whose hard work and experience make the bounty of the Perry Ave Community Farm's harvest possible.  Meet our Farm Team: Howard Perkins, Robert Cherry and Kristian Armendariz.

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Jia Li Pratt
Humans of Sweet Water...Meet Mama Betty

If you’ve ever made your way to the Perry Ave Commons, it’s likely that the smell of greens, freshly picked from the Perry Ave Farm and cooked with love, has lured you to the kitchen where Mama Betty is whipping up dishes for Sweet Water Foundation staff and visitors.

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Jia Li Pratt
Humans of Sweet Water...Meet Mike Reynolds

Meet Mike Reynolds...a native of Chicago and retired Union Carpenter who has been with Sweet Water Foundation (SWF) for two years. Before joining SWF, Mike worked with Habitat for Humanity in Chicago. Although it took a couple of months of nagging by a colleague to visit the Perry Ave Commons, Mike was instantly inspired by the organization's work and has proudly been with Sweet Water Foundation ever since. 

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Volunteer Days at the Commons

Volunteers help jumpstart summer at the Perry Ave Commons! This season, Sweet Water Foundation is grateful to have had the support of dozens of volunteers to get the farming season off to a great start. 

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Jia Li Pratt