St. Leonard's House

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

About

St. Leonard’s House provides interim housing and supportive services for formerly incarcerated men returning to the community from Illinois prisons. Residents are as broadly diverse as the neighborhoods from which they come. Program participants come to St. Leonard’s House to find a safe environment in which they can develop skills to rebuild their lives and reshape their futures.
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Services

  • Individual and group psychological counseling and group activities through the Adler School of Psychology
  • Programs to promote the development of life skills
  • On-site intensive out-patient substance abuse treatment
  • Addiction counseling and relapse prevention
  • Assistance in connecting with community supportive services
  • Housing placement assistance (transitional and permanent)
  • Education and employment services
  • Social and recreational opportunities

Residents periodically attend a variety of activities that help them transition back into the community: sporting events for teams such as the Chicago Bulls, plays at local area theaters, Gospel musical events hosted by local churches, and a variety of social activities sponsored by other community and social service organizations.
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Facilities

St. Leonard\'s HouseSt. Leonard’s House, which opened its doors in 1954, currently occupies two buildings, located at 2100 and 2110 W. Warren Blvd on Chicago’s Near West Side. Twenty-five residents are housed in one building and fifteen in the other. Residents’ rooms range from six-person occupancy to single-resident rooms. On-site amenities in the buildings include a weight room, recreation rooms, a library, a laundry room with free washers and dryers, and a chapel. Three meals a day are served in the St. Leonard’s House dining room. Special events, holiday activities, and large group gatherings are also held in the dining room.
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Staff

Program Services and Case Management 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 resident of St. Leonard’s House is assigned a 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

Volunteers play a major role in the life of St. Leonard’s House residents. Local area college and university students routinely come to St. Leonard’s House to interact with the residents. Students from John Marshall Law School, Kent College of Law and other educational institutions volunteer at the facility.  Members of a variety of local churches share community experiences with residents throughout the year.
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Contact

General information: Victor Gaskins, Program Director
  312/738-1414 (x/22)
  slhprogdir@slministries.org
Intake services: Christopher Roach, Intake Coordinator
  312/738-1414 (x/24)
  slhintake@slministries.org
To volunteer: Sister Sharon Bossler, OP, Volunteer Services Coordinator
  312/738-1414 (x/19)
  volunteer@slministries.org

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