What we do


Program Overview

House of the Good Shepherd's program is based on our belief in the dignity of each person.

Unique to Chicago in many ways, HGS offers a more comprehensive, curative program over and above immediate, short-term safety. In addition to meeting urgent security needs, House of the Good Shepherd's intensive recovery program: 1) promotes healing and recovery for the mothers and children we serve, 2) enables the women to develop independence and self-sufficiency, and 3) empowers the women to break the cycle of abuse.

House of the Good Shepherd provides our participants access to one of 14 private, on-site family apartments, rather than in a communal setting. Our transitional housing enables frequent and caring interactions with our families over a longer period of time.

Our residents tell us their goals, and we help them get there. We leverage HGS resources with those extending beyond and into the community. Our residents enable participants to: 1) identify the danger they face with their abusers; 2) understand root causes of their own individual situations, 3) create a safety plan for themselves and their children including identification, school and health records; 4) adapt behaviors to diffuse potential violence; and 5) compile a list of emergency community contacts.