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Arloa Sutter is the visionary leader and founder of Breakthrough Urban Ministries. Years ago, God put on Arloa’s heart His compassion to help those in need. Arloa began Breakthrough when she simply responded to a need and opened up an unused church meeting room and served hot coffee and lunch to the homeless. Soon she began to build relationships with those she was helping and focused her ministry on shelter, hot meals, counseling, and supportive services for homeless men.

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As the needs of the community grew, so did Arloa’s vision for Breakthrough. In 2000, Breakthrough renovated a building in East Garfield Park on Chicago’s west side to expand their capacity to serve homeless women, and shortly after, their youth and family services program was added. In 2005, Breakthrough launched a capital campaign and successfully raised $6 million to renovate the new Breakthrough Ministry Center. This second building in East Garfield Park will house the shelter and service programs for homeless men and will be the new headquarters for the ministry. Today, Breakthrough stands as a center of hope for community residents and families of Chicago’s west side.

Arloa graduated from the Moody Bible Institute and, in 2007, she received the Distinguished Service Award from the Moody Alumni Association. She is an associate pastor at River City Community Church and serves on the board of the Chicago Low-Income Housing Trust Fund.