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About Us

The Universal Agape Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization founded by Michael Sutton, President/CEO of Infrastructure Engineering, Inc. As a former resident of the economically challenged communities of Altgeld Gardens and Roseland in Chicago, Illinois, the Foundation is Mr. Sutton’s way of giving back to the community. The Foundation provides support programs and experiences that will improve the circumstances of children and families that need assistance and financial support to better their lives.

 

Our Mission

The mission of Universal Agape Foundation is to provide programs and experiences to improve the quality of life for underserved children and their families.

 

Our Founder

Michael Sutton

Michael Sutton

Infrastructure Engineering, Inc.

33 West Monroe
Suite 1540

Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 425-9560

www.infrastructure-eng.com
msutton@infrastructure-eng.com

 

Michael Sutton is President and Chief Executive Officer of Infrastructure Engineering, Inc. (IEI), a leading civil engineering firm headquartered in Chicago, IL with offices in Indianapolis, IN; Peoria, IL; Omaha, NE; and Springfield, IL.  Mr. Sutton oversees the planning, design, and construction engineering of highway, railroad, harbor, transit, airport, sewer and related facilities. He has 38 years of experience working in the private and public sectors, holding positions for local, national, and international engineering firms including ten years of service with the Illinois Department of Transportation.

As an active community member, he serves on numerous boards and organizations as director and committee member, and sponsors various scholarships and internships for civil engineering, marketing and accounting students. In 2009, he established Universal Agape Foundation (UAF), an entity for charitable purposes. Through UAF, Mr. Sutton has helped provide toys for nearly 1000 deserving children from economically-challenged families in both Chicago at “Christmas in the 9th Ward” and in Peoria at “Heart of Christmas”, and a food pantry for students at SENSE Charter School in Indianapolis.  In 2011, Mr. Sutton founded the National Organization of Minority Engineers (NOME) to serve the needs of minority-owned engineering firms.

For his professional and civic work, Mr. Sutton has received numerous awards including the 2012 Distinguished Service Award from SENSE Charter School, ACEC Illinois 2010 Community Leader, March of Dimes 2010 Professional Award, Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce 2009 Outstanding Business Award and Chicago United 2009 Business Leader of Color.

Mr. Sutton is a civil engineering graduate of Northwestern University. He has three daughters and is a proud grandfather of two grandsons and one granddaughter.

 

Board of Directors

Board President
Michael Sutton
President,
Infrastructure Engineering, Inc.
www.infrastructure-eng.com

Treasurer
Susan Handy
Executive Assistant,
Infrastructure Engineering, Inc.
www.infrastructure-eng.com

Secretary
Diana Hennington
President,
Grand Events, Inc.
www.grandevents1.com

Director
Janis Ivory
Special Projects/Member Benefits Coordinator,
Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce
Peoriabcc1@aol.com

Director
Antoinette Coates
Accounting Manager,
Infrastructure Engineering, Inc.
www.infrastructure-eng.com

 

What We Do

We develop programs for children and their families to promote the spirit of giving in the underserved community. The foundation provides food to families in a community that has 93%- 95% living below poverty level. Our programs let children and their families know that there are people who care about them, therefore generating hope and faith of a better future.

 

Who We Serve

We support economically challenged children and their families, primarily African American, however we also serve other ethnic/racial groups – 1 year through 18 years old.  This includes the ability to help insure their well-being and safety by assisting to keep them feed.  Focused on areas like Altgeld Gardens on the south side of Chicago, Illinois and SENSE Charter School in Indianapolis, Indiana and other underserved communities.

 

Testimonial

At SENSE Charter School, we believe that by connecting to the whole family, we can meet the needs of our children in real and significant ways. This includes the ability to help insure their well-being and safety by assisting to keep them feed.

Through a fantastic partnership with Universal Agape Foundation and Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, we are able to help feed our families by providing a full service food pantry. Our pantry is a “choice pantry” meaning families choose the food they prefer to feed their families. The pantry is run by our families, for our families. Those using the pantry act as personal shoppers and build friendships and community through the entire process. We are so grateful for the tremendous generosity of Universal Agape Foundation to help assure our families have food and do not go to bed hungry.

Kate Voss
SENSE Charter School
Outreach Coordinator