Stories of Redemption

Healing and Hope

Life transformation

Our heart is to engage messy situations and broken people knowing that Jesus can heal and redeem. By developing relationships with our neighbors, we have the opportunity to expose them to a new path, a new opportunity, and hope for their future. These stores fuel us and light the fire in us to keep going. This is what makes it all worth it. 

The 40 Year Story of


    “The work of CLDI really began as a grassroots movement in the late 1970’s with a group of really zealous, passionate followers of Jesus, burdened with the idea of what it looks like to love God and love my neighbor.”

    Rail//line Apprentice


      “Work can be all about business.  Here, it’s about everyone, everything…yourself, others, learning and growing.  It’s about accomplishing goals.  It’s like you’re a family, Rail Line is pretty much my other family.”

      The Heart of Youth Works


        “When you’ve experienced trauma and hard things, especially kids, Jesus has a particular concern for people in those places and spaces so we want to be people that care…Investment in youth pays dividends in communities for the long run.”

        Life Change Through Youth Works

        Sabrina’s Story

          “If I wouldn’t have met Kaylee [Youth Works leader] and really gave my life to Jesus, I probably wouldn’t have graduated highschool…I don’t think I’d be in a great place.”

          When Love Broke Through

          Raquel’s Story

            “I wanted to be angry about every little thing.  Them showing me that they loved me made me really scared.  I pushed them away.  I had to reevaluate who was worth a position in my life and unfortunately, my family didn’t.”

            Youth Works:  It’s a Family Affair

            Kaleb’s Family

              Kaleb, Youth Works Director, along with his wife Kelsey and his parents, Scott and Kammy, share how they love on the Youth Works kiddos!  “Ministry is life and life is ministry.”

              Apprentice Spotlight

              Christian Nava

                “I want to change the meaning of my family name, and I think I can do it.”

                An Unexpected Second Chance

                Miss Louise

                  “I came here broken, despaired, and didn’t know where to go. I didn’t know anything about a second chance..but they saw a second chance in me. They saved me.”

                  Freedom From Addiction

                  Josh & Tabitha

                    “There was a lot of feeling of it was too late, we already messed up too far, we had done too much wrong. The kids are never going to be ok, we’re never going to be ok, we’re never going to climb out of the hole that we dug.” 

                    Join an Unstoppable Community of Monthly Givers

                    Our community of monthly givers is known as The 100Fold because, like Jesus tells his disciples in Mark 10, we believe that when people live lives of generosity and sacrifice the blessings returned to them will be one hundred fold. 

                    The 100Fold is a group of people who are passionate, courageous and committed to seeing the South Side be restored through a gospel lens. You belong here.