Grace House

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 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.

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


Grace House, serving exclusively women returning from incarceration, is located at 1801 W. Adams St. on Chicago’s Near West Side. Twenty residents are housed in rooms that range from four-person occupancy to single-resident rooms. On-site amenities include a library, a computer lab and classroom, exercise equipment, 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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Psychological counseling; group activities through Adler Community Health Services

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Programs to promote the development of life skills

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Physical health care services provided by RUSH

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Substance Use Counseling provided by Healthcare Alternative Systems

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Parenting skills and child development

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Housing placement assistance (transitional and permanent)

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Education and employment services

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Mentoring services

Where We Help


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

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Grace House took me beyond my wildest dreams and they brought out my potential that I didn’t know I had. They taught me to believe in myself.

– Queen, Grace House Alum

How We Work

From renewing the body and nurturing the mind to reviving the spirit, our programs and services guide men and women through the necessary steps to transform their lives for the better. Time spent in Saint Leonard’s programming and at Grace House often leads to healing, reconciliation with family, and renewed hope for the future. Once again, empowering women to lead whole and productive lives!

General Info & Intake


LaTonia Watson
Program Director
(312) 733-5363

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(312) 738-1414

2100 W. Warren Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60612


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