In The Arena with Darrious Hilmon

The Builder

Program Air Date: 03/28/2023

Program Overview

In 1995, while Adam Alonso was working at Casa Central, which was located in the basement of Vida Nueva church near Kelvyn Park, he had a fortuitous encounter. One day, a 15-year-old arrived at the church seeking the pastor. Although the pastor was absent, Adam was there and informed the teenager, who was high and contemplating suicide, of this fact. As the teenager turned to leave, he heard a voice in his head saying, “Call him back.” Acting on this inner voice, the teenager did just that, and as a result, 24-year-old Adam discovered his true calling.

Today, Adam proudly serves as the CEO of BUILD, Inc., an organization that operates in some of Chicago’s most challenging neighborhoods, providing at-risk youth with alternatives to violence. BUILD, Inc., is also known as Broader Urban Involvement & Leadership Development, and we are fortunate to have Adam Alonso as our guest this week.