Over the past three decades,we have learned a lot about what it takes to build vibrant communities and to help create opportunities to bring individuals and families out of poverty. We are conducting community-level research and evaluation of impacts to better inform the field and to share the lessons we have learned.

Advocacy Efforts

Bethel New Life works for changes that will make it possible for entire communities to achieve economic self-sufficiency. Our understanding of the struggles of low-income communities,our community-based research,and our knowledge of best practices make us a powerful advocate for public policy and legislative initiatives to create greater impact and more investment in communities of concentrated poverty. Bethel’s advocacy efforts align with our investments in systems and policy changes in economic development and education. Current efforts include:

• Impact of West Side School Closings
• Chicago State Anchor Institution
• Strengthening West Side Manufacturing
• Building the Community Capacity to Absorb Investment Capital
• Workforce Development and 21st Century Jobs

Reports & Publications

Bethel New Life issues research reports and policy briefs based on its findings, often in collaboration with partner organizations and academic institutions. Bethel shares the data and outcomes widely.

Bethel Business Accelerator (West Side Business Sector White Paper 2014)

Bethel Business Accelerator:  Assessment and Growth Planning Toolkit

“Manufacturing on Chicago’s West Side” by Jesse Mudrick, Lori R. Vallelunga, Ph.D., Edward A. Coleman, and Eric Courts, Bethel New Life

Beyond Dollars and Cents: Non-Financial Impacts and Implications of the Foreclosure Crisis for Low-Income Minority Communities” by Daniel G. Cooper, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University