Our job readiness services will pave the road to success so you can thrive in the employment world.


Employment Preparation Training

The Michael Barlow Center offers a number of training programs and resources which will enable participants to increase their likelihood of obtaining jobs with sustainable wages and benefits. All participants begin their relationship with the Michael Barlow Center by completing the Road to Success (RTS) program. RTS guides participants in communicating with co-workers, supervisors and hiring managers. Other segments of the program help participants identify the soft and technical skills they possess. RTS is capped by mock interviews conducted with business managers.

Saint Leonard’s Ministries does not charge residents and program participants for any services. Residents and program participants can focus on healing, learning, finding employment and their return to our communities.

Next Steps

Skills Training

The Michael Barlow Center offers two skills training programs in the construction and the culinary field. These training programs equip participants with the skills needed to enter the field as well as industry knowledge and credentials to work their way up to well-paying positions.

Culinary Skills Training Program: The 18-week Culinary Training program teaches both basic and advanced culinary skills, including industry certifications and transitional employment at Gracie’s Catering, Saint Leonard’s Social Enterprise. This program is designed to prepare participants for jobs in the food service industry.

Construction Skills Training Program: The 18-week Construction Skills program teaches participants basic and advanced construction techniques, including OSHA certifications and transitional employment. This program is designed to prepare participants for union trade apprenticeships and jobs in the construction industry.

“They find you a job, they introduce you to people that can help, they help you get your life right. That’s what Road to Success does.”

— Alexander, Barlow Center Alum

Find Your Path

Illinois Board of Higher Education

The Construction Skills Training Program and Culinary Skills Training Program are approved by the Division of Private Business and Vocational Schools of Illinois Board of Higher Education. The Barlow Center is not accredited by a US Department of Education recognized accrediting body.

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Phone: 312-894-7975