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A Message From the Executive Director 

No one could have predicted the disruption to our lives and normal day-to-day routines that we have endured the past 17 months. As I reflect on the tremendous toll of the pandemic, I am filled with gratitude for everything our generous supporters have made possible. Last winter, we had to transition the women and children in […]

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Meet Our New Development and Communications Associate

Emily Hartwig began her role as Development and Communication Associate on August 2nd and is ready to focus on donor messaging and developing the organization’s communications channels. She has a bachelor’s degree in Community and Nonprofit Leadership, and African American History from the University of Wisconsin Madison. She has experience working as a development and […]

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Saying Farewell to Katherine Newman

Katherine Newman joined Southside Center of Hope in November 2019 as the organization’s first Development and Communications Coordinator. “I have always had a big heart for service but never knew exactly how that would translate into my career. When I interviewed for the position at Southside Center of Hope I had no experience in the […]

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The Connection Between PTSD and Addiction

Around 50% of individuals seeking substance use treatment also meet the criteria for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and individuals with co-occurring PTSD and Substance Use Disorder diagnosis tend to have poorer treatment outcomes than those without such comorbidity, according to the American Psychiatric Association. Some women experience addiction before developing PTSD while others become addicted […]

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China’s Recovery Story

Q: When were you at House of Hope? China: I was at House of Hope in 2005 and I have 15 years of clean time. Q: How has your life changed from when you started the program compared to now? China: I think my life has changed because I can see the bigger picture now. […]

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38 Years of Hope

In May of 1983 Sister Connie Driscoll and Sister Therese O’Sullivan, IBVM co-founded Southside Center of Hope (formerly St. Martin de Porres House of Hope). House of Hope began as a homeless shelter for women and their children.  Starting with $15 and 19 beds, Sisters Connie and Therese rehabbed an old drug store building themselves, […]

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Plan the Perfect Mental Health Getaway

If you are recovering from substance use addiction, you aren’t alone. In a single year, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported some 19.7 million Americans were dealing with substance use issues. Of those, 74 percent were additionally struggling with an alcohol use disorder. To celebrate your sobriety and help stay on the […]

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Why We Give: Terry and Mary Stadler

Terry and Mary Stadler first became involved with House of Hope in the summr of 1989. At the time, Terry was going through the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Lay Ministry Program. Terry reached out to Sr. Therese O’Sullivan to learn more about the mission of House of Hope and she invited him to start volunteering. After […]

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Welcoming A New Board Member

Southside Center of Hope is pleased to announce the addition of Johnny Sukurs to its Board of Directors.  Johnny Sukurs currently serves as the Vice President of Corporate Development for Len The Plumber. In this role, Sukurs is responsible for identifying and acquiring attractive target companies for Len The Plumber, a portfolio company of Thompson Street […]

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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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