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Socks for Second Chances

Step-by-Step, Join Us on the Journey to Second Chances

St. Leonard’s Ministries is celebrating 65 Years of Second Chances! We would be honored to have you show your support for our mission of empowering formerly incarcerated men and women to lead whole and productive lives with the purchase of Socks for Second Chances. With your support, St. Leonard’s will continue to provide hope and healing of body, mind, and spirit to those reentering society. We invite you put your best foot forward and walk with us on the journey of second chances.
Since 1954 St. Leonard’s Ministries has provided reentry services. The men and women who participate in the St. Leonard’s program receive a diverse array of services designed to aid their reentry journey. From on-site cognitive behavioral therapies, to substance use treatment, to physical health assessments and employment training, St. Leonard’s Ministries provides holistic care that invests in the healing of each individual based on their needs. Understanding that no one person’s journey is the same, we tailor our services to walk alongside each person who seeks to rebuild their lives following incarceration.
Nearly 50% of the men and 35% of the women released from Illinois prisons and jails will return to prison within one year of release. However, for those who complete the St. Leonard’s program, only 16% of the men and 5% of the women return to prison. That is a huge reduction in the number of lives lost to the revolving door of prison, the number of fathers and mothers removed from parenting their children, and the number of individuals removed from their home communities. Our programs work and we can’t do it without you!
Take the walk with us and show your St. Leonard’s pride with the purchase of Socks for Second Chances. The 65th anniversary commemorative crew length socks are blue, with dark blue halos, a coordinating blue toe and the 65th year anniversary logo on the front and back. Beyond making a fashion statement, these socks support Second Chances. We ask that you consider making a purchase that makes a difference. Order your pair today!
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Summer Social

FY20 Summer Social Flyer

ATTN: St. Leonard’s supporters – here’s an event just for you! Join us Saturday, August 10th at St. Leonard’s to celebrate our 65th anniversary. Fellowship with current and former residents, volunteers, staff, and board members. Enjoy food and beverages or a round of Corn Hole while reminiscing about your time spent at St. Leonard’s. Tours to both Grace House and Harvest Commons will be available. We’ll have a fun Kids Zone and a raffle for prizes! RSVP HERE!


The Latest!

Impact 100 Grant Award

We couldn’t be more honored and excited to be a 2018 Impact 100 Chicago Grant Award Winner! We had an incredible night presenting at the Grant Awards Celebration. Thanks to all of the St. Leonard’s family who came out and supported us at the event!

St. Leonard’s Updates

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“Each era in history is judged by how people were treated. A hundred years from now, is that how we want to be remembered as a society?” Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart spoke at St. Leonard’s on November 2, as the featured speaker for our Grace House Benefit Luncheon. Read the press release.  See the full video of his talk.

Curious about us? Watch “Portraits of Hope,” our latest video, featuring residents and staff of St. Leonard’s House and Grace House.

Summer 2017 Newsletter!

Enjoy our 2017 Summer Newsletter!

New Executive Director

Erwin Mayer was appointed Executive Director of St. Leonard’s Ministries on August 18, 2016. Previously, Mr. Mayer was a member of St. Leonard’s Ministries’ Board of Directors and had served as Acting Executive Director since May of 2016. As Acting Executive Director, “Erwin has exceeded the Board’s expectations in his leadership of the agency. The business and financial acumen he brings, as well as his passion for St. Leonard’s mission are true gifts”, said Board President Father David Jones. “We look forward to a bright future with Erwin leading our agency.”

“I am humbled and honored at having been chosen to lead St. Leonard’s Ministries,” Mayer said. “This agency has had more than 60 years of success in helping men and women rebuild their lives and reshape their futures. I look forward to helping the agency build upon its success.”