Superhero Collective Ready to Give Away Home to Family Impacted by Cancer in Evergreen Park
Nonprofit and the Cook County Land Bank Authority turn abandoned property into family home
March 22, 2021 (Chicago, Ill.)— Known for bringing smiles to children in the hospital with long-term health issues, the Superhero Collective will soon bring joy to a family impacted by a serious illness. With the help of the Cook County Land Bank Authority (CCLBA), the Superhero Collective is giving away a renovated, abandoned house in Evergreen Park, Ill. to the family of a child struggling with serious health problems.
Throughout the year, Tim Brigham of the Superhero Collective dresses in movie-quality superhero costumes and cheers on children and families dealing with illnesses and stress in hospitals. Brigham, a longtime Chicago-area mortgage lender, founded the Superhero Collective after being inspired by the support and dedication of medical staff during a hospital stay with his son. The collective, comprised primarily of real estate professionals, decided to bring an even bigger smile to a family by partnering with the Land Bank to give away a home.
Brigham got the idea to renovate a home for a family and presented the idea to the CCLBA. The CCLBA acquires vacant and abandoned properties and sells them to local developers, businesses and nonprofits in order to transform empty blocks into businesses and homes that help drive the local economy. After reviewing the Superhero Collective’s proposal, the CCLBA decided to donate an abandoned home in Evergreen Park to the collective.
“When we started this renovation, we had budgeted $40,000 for the project as we were only going to go skin deep,” Brigham said. “After fully jumping in, we decided to go deeper, as it really needed it. I felt that if we are putting a family into this home, it had to be more than safe for a child that has already had challenges in life. I gave it my absolute all, and when COVID hit and we could no longer raise funds, I covered the project personally to get it to the finish line.”
The rescued home is now ready for a family to move into it. The Superhero Collective is working with the Andrew Weishar Foundation to identify a deserving family impacted by a debilitating disease who needs support and resources from the community.
“What started with a simple phone call with Tim turned into a full-gut rehab of a property that will change a family’s life,” said Rob Rose, Executive Director of the CCLBA. “I knew we could trust the Collective to create real change for a family in need, and we are honored to make this donation. We look forward to seeing a family walk through the doors of their new home.”
About the Cook County Land Bank Authority
The Cook County Land Bank Authority, an independent agency of Cook County, was founded by the Cook County Board of Commissioners in 2013 to address residents and communities hit hard by the mortgage crisis. CCLBA gives local developers, community groups and potential homeowners the tools to transform their own communities from within.
The Land Bank acquires properties that have sat tax‐delinquent, abandoned and vacant for years and sells them at below‐market rates to qualified community‐based developers, who then rehab the properties. This approach not only keeps revenue and jobs in the community, but it also helps local developers grow their businesses. Learn more about the Cook County Land Bank Authority at http://www.cookcountylandbank.org or call 312-603-8015.