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Our Founders

In 1983 Sister Connie Driscoll (1993 ““ 2005) and Sister Therese O’Sullivan, IBVM Co-founded St. Martin de Porres House of Hope. St. Martin de Porres began as a homeless shelter for women and their children. Within a few years, it evolved into a recovery home for substance abusers. Sister Connie and Sister Therese combined their […]

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National Recovery Month

September is National Recovery Month (Recovery Month). During the month of September, there is a national observance educating people on the fact that addiction treatment and mental health services can allow those with a mental and/or substance abuse disorder to live a rewarding life. The main focus of recovery month is to celebrate people who are or […]

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Harmony, Hope & Healing

Our music program provided by Harmony, Hope & Healing offers our women and children a creative outlet. The Choir/Ensemble performs approximately 30 outreach concerts a year at churches, schools and community outreach organizations throughout the Chicago area. Through these performances, Harmony, Hope & Healing powerfully inspires over 10,000 audience members while bringing together diverse communities. Amanda shares […]

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How You Can Help

Drug abuse is an epidemic that we cannot fight alone. St. Martin de Porres House of Hope realizes that our work is made possible by our donors, volunteers, partners and supporters. Our work is just as relevant today as it was when our organization was founded in 1983. The need to support women and their […]

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Treating Drug Addiction

Many people do not understand why or how people become addicted to drugs. It is often mistakenly assumed that drug abusers lack moral principles or willpower and that they could stop using drugs simply by choosing to change their behavior. In reality, drug addiction is a complex disease and quitting takes more than good intentions […]

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Substance Abuse Treatment for Women

Substance Abuse treatment centers for women are necessary because women face several challenges in recovery that are gender specific. Although men and women abuse alcohol or drugs for many of the same reasons, women tend to suffer from addiction because they are in bad relationships, have low self-esteem or self-image problems or a history of […]

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Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Many individuals who have substance abuse problems also have mental health problems. In fact, the presence of a dual diagnosis is quite common in substance abusers.   What is Dual Diagnosis or a Co-Occurring Disorder? It simply refers to two or more disorders or illnesses occurring in the same person. Among those with substance abuse […]

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White Sox Fundraiser

On September 11th St. Martin de Porres House of Hope looks forward to celebrating with our supporters, family and friends at US Cellular Field where the Chicago White Sox will take on the Minnesota Twins. This will be a time for us to come together and celebrate the success of our organization that is only made […]

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Welcome Our New Staff Members

We would like to announce and welcome two new staff members that recently joined St. Martin de Porres House of Hope. In April, Yaisa Hagood joined us as the Resource Development Coordinator. Ms. Hagood brings to us more than 10 years experience working in the Non Profit Sector in the areas of fundraising, business development […]

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2015 Graduation Ceremony

Our annual graduation ceremony took place on July 31st. During our annual celebration, we honor our GED students for the concentrated time that they spent to further their education. Receiving a certificate of completion is encouraging and satisfying on many levels for our women.   The highlight of the day was honoring two women, Afi […]

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