Grace House

St. Leonard’s Ministries - Rebuilding Lives, Reshaping Futures

About

Since its opening in 1994, the Grace House residential program has provided interim housing, emotional and spiritual support, and professional counseling to women who are exiting the Illinois prison system. Services are provided in a warm setting located on the Near West Side of Chicago. Residents are encouraged to set realistic goals for the future and are taught how to make informed choices that will empower them to lead lives with dignity in their communities and their families. Program participants come to Grace House voluntarily, seeking to take steps that will lead them to a new beginning.
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Services

  • Substance abuse treatment
  • Medical and mental health evaluations
  • Psychological evaluation and counseling
  • Parenting skills and child development
  • Spiritual development
  • Workshops on self image, self esteem, relationships, and stress management
  • Educational opportunities through the St. Leonard’s Ministries Alternative High School
  • Pre-employment services through the Michael Barlow Employment Center
  • Referrals for additional job training and employment
  • Recreational activities
  • Assistance in finding decent, affordable housing
  • Support and companionship through the Mentoring Program
  • An open invitation to receive ongoing counseling and support at Grace House

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Facility

Grace HouseGrace House is located at 1801 W. Adams St. on Chicago’s Near West Side. Eighteen residents are housed in the renovated building in rooms that range from three-person occupancy to single-resident rooms. On-site amenities include a library, a state-of-the-art computer lab and classroom, a laundry room with free washers and dryers, a meeting room, and a dining room. Three meals a day are provided for the residents of Grace House.
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Staff

Program Services staff members are professionally and personally equipped to serve residents’ needs. Staff members receive ongoing professional development training and education from the Adler School of Psychology, as well as from a host of guest instructors. Each Grace House resident is assigned to the Case Worker, who facilitates the resident’s access to programs and services. House Managers supervise the living environment around the clock.
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Volunteers

Volunteer opportunities at Grace House include leading life skills workshops, teaching computer classes, and mentoring.  Mentors meet with former residents during the first year after they leave Grace House, serving as a sounding board for plans and concerns. To facilitate this interchange, mentors engage in a variety of activities with former residents: talking by phone, meeting for breakfast, enjoying the city’s attractions, and engaging in other recreational pastimes.
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Contact

General &  
intake information: Pastor Bernadine Dowdell, Program Director
  312/733-5363
  gh-bd@ix.netcom.com
To volunteer: Sister Theresa Mayrand, OP, Administrator
312/733-5363
 

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