Chicago is a culturally rich metropolitan city. Within the community surrounding our site, there are between 40 and 60 languages spoken. The majority of the families we minister to speak English as a second language and are 1st or 2nd generation immigrants to the United States. When we think about cultural sensitivity in Chicago, we have to keep in mind the diverse backgrounds of our community.
Even though Envision Chicago is in the USA, it is a cross-cultural ministry. The people of Chicago may look, speak and behave differently, but please remember, they are every bit as capable and valued as you and your fellow team members. We recommend coming in with the humble posture of a student and learner. Before making assumptions, see what you can discover by observing the interactions happening around you. Take notes from our staff and their posture with the communities we serve. Avoid language that tends towards an “us-them” mentality. Remember, your interactions have long-term ramifications for the relationships we are building with our community through Envision Chicago.
Concerned about Safety?
The city of Chicago is a rich, beautiful place to live, but it has many of the same issues as other large cities. The safety of our teams, interns, and residents is a top priority for Envision Chicago. As such, we have compiled a list of “do’s and don’ts” for groups to consider as they prepare for their visit. Always feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns.