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Familyhood’s mission is to restore hope in families and renew hurting communities by embracing and embodying God’s design for the family to thrive.


Our History

Familyhood Programs, formally known as Familyhood Ministries Inc., was founded by Rebecca Gutwein in 2016 and later re-developed in January 2018 under the operation of Sunshine Gospel Ministries (SGM). Familyhood’s mission was to restore hope in families and renew hurting communities by embracing and embodying God’s design for the family. The vision was to provide practical training, intervention where necessary, and facilitate spaces where parents and children can come together to abound in love, to reconcile and grow as family units. Strong urban families will be provided a critical foundation for the neighborhood in Woodlawn community and ultimately for the broader culture to thrive.

Our Programs

  • Why would I need FCI?
    Sometimes stress, depression, not being able to sleep, not being able to be around family/friends, agitation, not having enough money for necessities etc. can happen a while after experiencing gun violence. Clients that are already linked to counseling, resources, and someone to check in with them for their well-being, allows the process of new barriers to be handled faster and easier.
  • Can I get help if I wasn’t the one shot?
    FCI does assist family members who are indirectly impacted such as a parent, spouse, child, sibling who may now be a caregiver for the victim’s children, provide transportation and care for the victim, or experiencing need for counseling due to the impact of their family being shot etc.
  • What is the Illinois Crime Victim Compensation Act (VCA) paperwork and how does FCI help clients with it?
    The paperwork for this act is from and managed by the Illinois Attorney General’s office to assist victims of gun violence with the expenses of lost wages, funeral and burial, medical/hospital/dental, tattoo removal, relocation, loss of dependent support, tuition loss, crime scene cleanup etc. FCI helps our clients with completing the online application if needed. All correspondence after submission of VCA form is sent to the client’s email from the Illinois Attorney General’s office.
  • Can I get help from FCI if I was shot a year ago?
    Yes, FCI accepts client’s up to two years after they have been shot. Client’s will receive services for one year after they complete the FCI Intake form.







Upcoming Events

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Join us for a life-changing journey through "The Resolution for Women" by Priscilla Shirer. Gain practical insights on finding satisfaction, embracing your identity, cultivating faithfulness, fostering healthy relationships, pursuing excellence and impacting the world around you. Don't miss this opportunity for personal growth and connecting with other like-minded women.  


What: Faith-based women's Bible study 

Where: Virtual via ZOOM

Days: Tuesdays for 6 Weeks 

Time: 6:30PM-8:00PM


Begins Tuesday, July 11th


Sasha Simmons
Director of Outreach

Sunshine Gospel Ministries


The Mission of Sunshine Gospel Ministries is to seek the renewal of the city through ministries of discipleship, mercy, and justice.


500 E 61st St,

Chicago, IL 60637

(773) 904-9800

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