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Grace House

Grace House

St. Leonard's Ministries

Interim and supportive housing for recently incarcerated women.

Services Offered

Supportive Housing • Interim Housing • Supportive Services • Community Support • Individual Counseling • Group Counseling • Exoffenders • Substance Use


The Grace House residential program provides 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. Services include:

  • Substance use 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


1801 W. Adams St., Chicago, IL 60612 41.8785359 -87.671834

Service Options

Languages Spoken

  • English


  • For adult women coming from the Illinois prison system.
  • Program length is 6-8 months.


  • This service is free


  • Accepts women


  • Adults accepted

How to Apply

Application process starts while women are still incarcerated. Prison counselor or field service providers are often able to assist in application process. Call Program Director at 312-733-5363 for additional questions.

A wait list for services often applies.