Come out for the 3 final dates for the All Arts Open Mic events at Grant A Wish, Inc starting on Saturday, September 16, 2023...
Grant A Wish, Inc is a not for profit, tax exempt. 501 (c) (3) organization that grants wishes to nee
1136 E 93rd Street
|Monday||9am - 5pm|
|Tuesday||9am - 5pm|
|Wednesday||9am - 5pm|
|Thursday||9am - 5pm|
|Friday||9am - 5pm|
|Saturday||9am - 5pm|
|Sunday||9am - 3pm|
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The founder of Grant A Wish, Inc Ms. Anne Blair was a dynamic inspirational African American woman, who had a big heart and always wanted to help those less fortunate. She worked with other organizations and groups to help champion causes to help the downtrodden and the poor people who just needed a helping hand. My name is Vital Thomas and Ms. Anne Blair was my mother founder of Grant A Wish. They say that the apple doesn’t fall that far from the tree. My mother was an inspiration to me to do what I am continuing in her memory & honor the mission of Grant A Wish, Inc. We all can and should try to make a difference to change the conditions facing our collective communities. A neighborhood or city is only as good as its residents, it is the mentality of the people that will make things better or worse to live any place.
My mother made her transition to the spirit world in May of 2010. It was hard to see things end for her when things got bad, she wanted to know before she was to face death, who was going to carry on her mission and I guess I was selected to do the job. The bible says honor thy mother & father and I think it also has to do with having the will, the drive and the guts to carry on someone else's dream, but in a way I wanted to make a difference to give. I loved my mother and I know the sacrifice she made for so many including me and my three brothers. She knew early in life, when she was born on August 20, 1935 and lived in the black metropolis (Bronzeville), that people needed each other to survive the harsh winters, the poorest of conditions to those who had a hard time during trying times.
Many times, what happens to you in life is measured by the deeds you are driven to achieve, when you watch people die or have very little to feed their families or people just never having enough. The black community in those days had no choice but to fend for themselves against the racist elements in Chicago at that time which made it difficult for black people to go where they were not welcomed, so BronzeVille was home. Some people that couldn’t pay their rent the whole community would support a rent party so they wouldn’t be homeless, your kids couldn’t eat there was 10 houses you could go to that had food and welcomed your kids in to eat. The love and the hate was always available, but there was a code amongst the gangsters, pimps, hustlers, policy kings, businessman, and power of the inventiveness of black people who knew that they had to look out for each other. There are countless story from family trees of the history of black families and what their ancestors had to endure under the circumstances during those times.