About Grace Beyond Borders
Thanks to the prayers and support of our dedicated friends, God is using the Grace Beyond Borders NWI, Inc. to change the lives of men, women, and children in desperate need. Learn more about the work we are doing in the community.
Who We Are
To offer hope, love, care, and the Good News of Jesus Christ to all who enter the doors of GRACE BEYOND BORDERS.
We will provide food, clothing and lodging to those in need and minister to the total person—body, mind and spirit—with the goal of transformation and restoration. We will work in partnership with other individuals, churches, groups and agencies in the community to help perform the above listed functions.
About the Founder
Grace Beyond Borders NWI, Inc. was founded in 2013 as a non-charitable, public organization with the purpose of meeting the physical and spiritual needs of our area’s destitute. The organization was born out of a vision by the Marcus Martin, during his volunteer service and work on the streets of Chicago, IL with the homeless outreach ministry of his church in Chicago – Apostolic Church of God and the loving and concerned hearts of many supporters.
Marcus Martin grew up in East Chicago, IN, after early childhood in Flint, Michigan. Upon graduation from Texas Christian University, Fort Wayne, Tx, Marcus returned to East Chicago, and began working with impoverished youth in afterschool and summer recreation.
After 8 years of substitute teaching and supervision in after school recreation, Marcus began a career with Boys & Girls Clubs of NW Indiana. During this time, Marcus’ desire to help the least of the least expanded, and he began volunteering with the homeless outreach ministry at his church in Chicago. Seeing homelessness, unemployment, and addiction “face to face” was a humbling experience. After 12 years with the homeless outreach ministry, Marcus’s vision to help the lost, hungry, homeless, and hopeless expanded to Indiana. On August 10, 2012, Marcus’ employment with Boys & Girls Clubs of NW Indiana concluded, and his mission to establish his own non-profit organization commenced. Grace Beyond Borders N/WI, Inc. was incorporated and, awarded its 501c3 non-profit public charitable organization in March and November 2012, respectively.
Based in East Chicago, Indiana, Grace Beyond Borders NWI, Inc. conducts weekly street outreaches, community wide outreach events, addiction recovery classes, breakfast forums, and works with partners to provide transportation, meals, clothing, emergency shelter, and connection with immigration, health/medical, and social service support.