About Us

Asset Based Community Development

Sow's Vision was born out of a desire to see the communities ravaged by the riots of 1968. Our Mission is to Heal Existing Neighborhoods Transforming them into Thriving Communities. We Value Family, as it is the foundation of Health, Education & Welfare, thus we will provide access to Opportunity and encourage all to Act on it insuring Growth & maximizing Potential

Housing is Our Starting Point

As Family is the most critical Institution in a Community, the Home is the starting point of wellness and the Health, Education and Welfare of Every Family. 

About Us

The Word Sow as in planting seeds was gleaned as the Name of our organization from two texts in the Bible's book of Mathew 13:31-32; Another parable set he before them saying, The kingdom of heaven is like unto a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: which indeed is less than all seeds; but when it is grown, it is greater than the herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the heaven come and lodge in the branches thereof; & Matthew 17:19-20; Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, "Why couldn't we drive it our?" He replied, "Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you." We, at Sow CDC, believe that Sustaining Our World is about the Work of Planting the small things in barren neighborhoods knowing that they will foster the growth of Communities into Greatness.

Founded in 2014 Sow Community Development Corporation is an Illinois based 501(c)(3) Corporation, currently we are also approved to work in California, Indiana, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Missouri, Pennsylvania, & Wisconsin. We also, have been certified by the U.S. Department of Treasury's Community Development Institution Fund as a Community Development Entity, and March 6, 2020 Sow was certified by Fannie Mae & HUD as a Non-Profit Agency with he ability to purchase HUD-REOs . 

Since 2017 we have worked with The National Community Stabilization Trust as a Community Buyer, where we've purchased over 109-properties from Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac, since January of 2018. Once purchased Sow CDC is responsible for the rehab and or redevelopment of each property. This program allows us to purchase and rehab foreclosed properties, and redevelop them for sale to new homeowners. Since 2018 we have also helped established and Opportunity Zone Fund (Reap Capital Partners), which we are working to access capital to rebuild & repurpose vacant and abandoned buildings, and begin construction on single & multifamily Infill housing, and commercial & manufacturing developments. 

We must develop healing of the People & Land simultaneously. Thus we must plant food in the deserts and create Opportunity for Work. 

Welcome Stake Holder

Our CEO James T. Smith

As John Donne professed that “No man is an Island,” he spoke of humanity being interconnected, so that what affects the one affects the many, and as we abound the race abounds yet when we are afflicted the race is afflicted. Sow Community Development was founded with a charge of “Changing the Face of American Poverty!"

The Cottage: Saved From The Wrecking Ball

Our First House to be Conveyed to a Local Carpenter who's Doing His Own Work so when He Finishes the work He gets the Free & Clear Title.....

Keep looking for up dates...James

Block by Block Program Goal

Planting Seeds Of Change in A Forgotten Community through Asset Based Community Development!

A Writer Said "The Poor You'll Have With You Always," but The Fulfillment of the American Dream Destroys Poverty. Opportunity is Now!

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Sow Community Development Corporation

JLM Community Center, 2622 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, Illinois 60612, United States

(312) 618-2122


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Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm

Saturday: By appointment

Sunday: Closed


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