Who we are

Our History and Beyond

House of the Good Shepherd has celebrated over 157 years of service to disadvantaged and marginalized women and children in Chicago. It was on May 20, 1859—when the Civil War had not yet started and Chicago was only 26 years old—that four Good Shepherd sisters first arrived from St. Louis.

During the last 157 years, House of the Good Shepherd has served women recovering from prostitution, troubled adolescents, immigrant women with no resources, and other women and children in difficult circumstances. We have always responded to whatever the current needs of the community may be.

Since 1980, when House of the Good Shepherd created one of the first domestic violence programs in Chicago, more than 5,500 mothers and children affected by family violence have rebuilt lives of dignity and purpose here. 

On July 1, 2015, the Good Shepherd nuns of the Province of Mid-North America transferred their corporate leadership over House of the Good Shepherd to Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago.

House of the Good Shepherd is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. Of greatest significance, our funding has and will continue to be based on the merits of our programs. We are funded entirely by donations from private sources such as foundations, corporations, organizations, and individuals.

We are not supported by the United Way, the Catholic Church, or any federal, state, or local government. Our independent status enables House of the Good Shepherd to tailor programs suited to the individual needs of each family we serve, without being restricted to the limitations of a restrictive “one size fits all” approach. 













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