News & Views

Leadership Change at St. Leonard’s Ministries

The Board and Staff of St. Leonard’s Ministries welcomes Erwin Mayer as our acting Executive Director. He began his work in this role on May 9th, 2016. Erwin brings to the agency the gifts of financial acumen as well as the management skills we need as the agency navigates these challenging times. He is passionate about the work of re-entry and committed to working with the board, staff and residents as we strengthen and deepen our work.

We are deeply grateful to Walter Boyd, who concluded his work at St. Leonard’s on May 6th, 2016, for the dedication and energy he has brought to the agency over the past three years as our Executive Director and we wish him well as he uses his considerable gifts in new endeavors.

David P. Jones
St. Leonard’s Board President

HMIS Client Information System – Chicago Standard HMIS Privacy Posting

This notice describes how this agency will use and protect the information about you that is entered into Chicago’s HMIS client information system and your rights to decide how your information is shared. The policies stated in the Standard Agency Privacy Practices Notice can be amended at any time. Please read the full Standard Agency Privacy Practices Notice for more details.
Why we collect your information
• We use the personal information to run our programs and to help us improve services.
• We use the information to get a more accurate picture of individuals and families who are homeless and to identify the need for different services.
• We are required to collect some personal information by organizations that fund our program.
Agency use of your information
• Information will be entered into Chicago’s HMIS computerized client information system and shared with other agencies unless you specifically request otherwise.
• Your personal information entered into Chicago’s HMIS will be shared only as permitted or required by law or as authorized by you.
• Your information will be removed from the database after 7 years of inactivity.
Your benefits to providing information
• By providing your information, we may be able to reduce the amount of information we have to ask you when you receive services at another agency.
• We can use your information to more quickly identify services you may need and those for which you are eligible.
• We use HMIS to reduce the amount of time we spend on preparing reports to our funders allowing us to provide more services to you.

Your rights and choices
• You have the right to request a copy of the Standard Agency Privacy Practices Notice from this agency.
• You have the right to change your mind about allowing your information to be shared with other Chicago HMIS partner agencies.
• You have a right to review the personal information that we have about you. If you find mistakes you can request they be corrected.
• You have a right to file a complaint if you feel that your data privacy rights have been violated.

Contact information:
Agency Information (hereinafter “this agency”)
St. Leonard’s Ministries
2100 West Warren Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: 312-738-1414

HMIS Lead Agency Information:
Chicago Alliance to End Homelessness
651 W. Washington, Suite 504
Chicago, IL 60661

Sister Jean Hughes Adult High School Graduation

The Sister Jean Hughes Adult High School will hold its graduation at 11:00 AM on Saturday, Dec. 5th at at St. Malachy Catholic Church, 2248 W. Washington Blvd., Chicago.
This graduation is a celebration of hard work and dedication.
We invite you to join us on this special day.


Finding Freedom, a coffee table book of original poetry by residents of St. Leonard’s Ministries, is now available for purchase. The work, described as “raw, honest, and haunting” by Esquire magazine was also featured in the Huffington Post as well as in the Italian newspaper La Republica.

The book is available for the purchase price of $85.00. To purchase the book, or for more information, please contact: Rev. Annie González, Director of Operations 312/738-1414 (x/11) or

Thank You for Supporting St. Leonard’s Successful Gala

On June 4th, St. Leonard’s Ministries celebrated Finding Freedom. Over 120 guests gathered at Galleria Marchetti on Chicago’s near west side to hear residents’ poetry, share second chance success stories, and build a stronger St. Leonard’s Ministries’ financial future. The gala also recognized its sponsor Michigan Avenue Real Estate Group.

Guests enjoyed mouthwatering hors d’oeuvre and the opportunity to bid on exciting silent auction items. Lucky guests walked away with vacations at cottages in Nova Scotia and Michigan, theater ticket packages, and Cubs tickets. Thanks to all of this activity, St. Leonard’s exceeded their fundraising goals providing essential funding for the men and women served.

The event spotlighted St. Leonard’s poetry book Finding Freedom which is scheduled to be released in September. Recently retired Executive Director Bob Dougherty introduced the book to event attendees. The project began seven years ago when volunteer Brandon Crockett started teaching a poetry class with St. Leonard’s House residents. As the class became more popular, he expanded participation to women at Grace House. Over the years, residents have written hundreds of poems.

Earlier this year, Brandon reached out to Sandro Miller, a world famous Chicago photographer. Sandro agreed to take portraits which will be placed next to resident poems. Residents appreciate Sandro’s passion for his work and the once in a lifetime opportunity to be part of a book. To preview the pictures and read the poems, visit:

If you were unable to join us at the benefit, there is still time to support St. Leonard’s critical services. This is an especially significant time because of the budget crisis in Springfield. Because government leaders are unable to agree on a state budget, nonprofits will not receive any revenue including contractual funding after July 1st. In addition, thanks to a generous anonymous donor, all donations above past years’ support will be matched. To donate, visit our donation section at: