Breakthrough Urban Ministries, a community based organization that provides social services on Chicago's West Side, and the Chicago History Museum collaborated on this oral history project. The Museum worked with Breakthrough's Film Crew, a group of nine young people from East Garfield Park and other West Side communities, to conduct these interviews. Breakthrough and the East Garfield Park Youth Collaborative recruited most of the narrators. Called "preacher's wife" by local residents, Kimberly Allison was known for her work with Breakthrough, a social services provider on the West Side, and her compassion for neighborhood children. She was born in Chicago in 1972. The youngest of five siblings, she grew up on the West Side, in Lawndale and attended Westinghouse High School. In her twenties, Ms. Allison moved to East Garfield Park. She described the difficulties of raising children in East Garfield Park, amongst drug activity, gang violence, and other issues. Through her work at Breakthrough, she saw positive changes in the area.