The Founder

Mr. Melvern Williams grew up in Robert Taylor homes on Chicago’s southside. He learned at an early age about the disproportionate representation of Blacks in the criminal justice system. He has been involved in prison ministry since 1999 on Chicago’s southside. Mr. Williams has worked 5 ½ years as an adult educator for women and men in Chicago’s Cook County jail, and has visited various State, Federal and Juvenile prisons. Prison ministry exposed him to problems faced by returning citizens. Mr. Williams learned that housing for returning citizens is in great demand and underfunding causes programs to be ineffective and unpredictable. Mr. Williams worked 5 years in construction and project management. He is a licensed architect, a LEED Green Associate ®, and a licensed tower crane operator. He currently works as a heavy equipment operator.