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Identifying Substance Use Has Gone Too Far

Realizing your drinking and drug use has gone too far is not easy. It is often difficult to conclude that a problem exists. However, when looking back at the red flags and indicators, it becomes clear that substance use has slowly taken over your life. The first step in identifying a substance use problem is […]

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Lynn’s Recovery Story

Q: What year did you leave House of Hope? Lynn: 1996 Q: How has your life changed from when you started the program up until now? Lynn: In 1992 my mom died as a result of overdosing. I felt lost, angry, and confused. After her death my addiction got much worse and I just couldn’t […]

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COVID-19: A Year in Review

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic. Life as we knew it fundamentally changed. The need for services for those most vulnerable in our community skyrocketed, revealing a stark racial and economic divide. During the past year, one in three Americans suffered the heartbreaking loss of […]

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Thriving Financially In Recovery

While life in recovery from addiction has its challenges, it is also full of hope and opportunity. This new chapter in your life can bring with it amazing possibilities that were not previously available to you. To get on a path that will help you reach higher heights, it is important to focus on the […]

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Joann’s Recovery Story

Q: When did you complete the program at House of Hope? Joann: I was at House of Hope in 2017 for about 8 months. Q: How has your life changed from when you started the program up until now? Joann: When I started the program, I had been unemployed for some time and didn’t have […]

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Introducing The 2021 Young Professionals Board

In January, Southside Center of Hope offically established it’s Young Professionals Board with 13 founding members. Together, the group will work to increase brand awareness for the agency while fundraising and engaging residents, staff, the board of directors, and alumnae in community building activities. Introducing the 2021 Young Professionals Board Members; Blaire Theurekauf, Chairperson, Associate […]

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Finding A Healthy Hobby That Suits You

    Got a hobby? If not, now could be a better time than any to pick one up! Hobbies can improve a person’s sense of well-being and eliminate feelings of self-doubt. Furthermore, it’s important for those in recovery from addiction to engage in new skills — or revisit old ones — to reverse emotional […]

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Executive Director Recieves Professional Development Grant

Southside Center of Hope Executive Director, Yaisa Hagood, recently received a leadership award from the Chicago Foundation for Women’s Southside Giving Circle. The award recognizes Hagood’s contribution to the agency and to the community at large as a female nonprofit leader. In addition to the recognition of her leadership accomplishments, the award comes with a $1,200 grant for Hagood to invest in her own professional development.   “This […]

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Five Ways To Create Peace At Home

Many people are spending more time at home than ever before. It is important for mothers and their children to find peace at home as a way of reducing stress, staying productive, and maintaining physical and emotional health. For many in recovery from addiction, it can be difficult to break old habits and relax but […]

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Executive Director’s 2020 Review

I am proud to be part of Southside Center of Hope. For 37 years, we have addressed three of the most pressing issues facing women in black and brown communities. In the process, we have restored families by empowering women to create transformational change in their lives. In September 2020, I began my third year […]

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