our history

  • July 14, 1983: A first meeting was held to identify support for creating a homeless shelter in Springfield, Illinois.
  • August 2, 1984: The property at 906 N. 5th street was purchased as the chosen site of Inner City Mission.
  • August 26, 1984: First resident housed at ICM.
  • May 31, 1987: ICM relocated to our current site after the purchase of 714 & 720 N 7th Street. Our ministry to the homeless was broadened by this new larger facility and grounds.



  • 1989: The adjacent property at 726 N 7th Street was purchased and converted into a clothing distribution center.
  • 2000: ICM opened more rooms in the office building to house residents.
  • 2003: A strategic plan developed & approved by the Board of Trustees to guide ICM's approach in combatting the growing number of homeless.
  • 2004: Board of Trustees directs the development of a program based on the radical transformations that have taken place in the lives of many homeless over the past ten years.
  • 2006: The Shattered 2 Shalom educational program in implemented.
  • 2008: Board of Trustees directs Executive Director Payne to develop a plan for extending ICM's ministry to the homeless.
  • 2012: Developed the Block educational system focusing our adult classes to specific resident needs.
  • 2013: Began children's ministry, focused on children who live at ICM.
  • 2014: Shattered 2 Shalom further refined and renamed Stability for Life.


2014: Expansion program underway (with God's blessing will upgrade from 16 rooms to 20 by winter 2017). Clothing distribution center moves to renovated garage. 

October 1, 2015: Ministry expands into Logan County with the opening of ReNew Consignment & Thrift and Ministry Center in Lincoln, Illinois. The following year, a furniture gallery is added.


© Inner City Mission

714 N 7th Street

Springfield IL 62702

217-525-3940