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St. Leonard’s Day

St. Leonard’s Day is a feast day dedicated to honoring St. Leonard of Noblac. In his lifetime, his prayers were credited with powerful miracles for the release of prisoners. The legacy of his work inspired St. Leonard’s Ministries founder, Father James Jones, who first opened his home to returning citizens and later established an organization that has supported second chances for more than 65 years.

Every day we witness real life transformations. The men and women that participate in St. Leonard’s programs receive a diverse array of services to aid their reentry journey. From food, clothing and shelter, cognitive behavioral therapy, substance use treatment, physical health assessments to education and employment training. Because of these services, participants leave our program with a new outlook on life, employment, and the confidence to succeed in community.

Your support helps make these successes possible. When you volunteer your time, or share your financial support, we are able to pay it forward to every person who walks through our doors seeking a second chance. But we know there are many more in need and we want to help change more lives! This is why we invite you to join us for our very first day of giving on Wednesday, November 6th. It is not just a day that we ask you to give, we will also pay your gift forward by becoming a greater community asset.


   Volunteer your time with a group or as an individual.

Michael Barlow Center, 1st floor
2120 W Warren Blvd.
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm


At the open house, attendees will learn about the programs offered by St. Leonard’s. Representatives from Culinary Arts, Volunteer Services, Road to Success, Construction Skills, Grace House, St. Leonard’s House, Computer Literacy, Financial Literacy, and Sister Jean Hughes, O.P. Adult High School completion program will be on site to answer questions.

Together we can be a powerful force of change in the lives of the men and women seeking second chances. YOU GIVE. WE GIVE.


St. Leonard’s Day – November 6th


St. Leonard’s Ministries Day of Giving



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

Interested in volunteering? Fill out our interest/registration form and we’ll be in touch! Individual Volunteers / Register a Volunteer Group

“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.