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Operation Backpack

Southside Center of Hope (House of Hope) is hosting a back-to-school Backpack Drive to support the children of Independence House. House of Hope is the new service provider for Independence House, a permanent supportive housing development for women with children experiencing homelessness in the North Lawndale community.  As the service provider, Southside Center of Hope […]

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June Hope Talks

  On June 16th, Southside Center of Hope hosted our annual Hope Talks live discussion. However, the broadcast was unable to stream live on our social media platforms due to technical difficulties. We apologize to those who tried to tune in and for any inconvenience this may have caused.  We hope you will join us […]

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Hope in Action

On the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, Southside Center of Hope’s Young Professionals Board along with staff member Peyton Spanbauer, Development and Communications Manager, took to the neighborhood of Grand Crossing to help pass out sanitary supplies and toiletries as part of the Kindness Campaign’s 2022 Wellness Fair.   The Kindness Campaign is a nonprofit organization […]

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We Are Expanding

On July 1st, Southside Center of Hope will be taking over Independence House, a permanent supportive housing shelter, in partnership with Interfaith Development Housing Corporation. Interfaith is a non-profit organization which develops, owns, and operates buildings in the Chicagoland area. Interfaith’s mission is to provide physical locations to social services and other non-profit organizations to […]

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Meet Peyton

  Peyton Spanbauer is our new Development and Communications Manager. She comes from Woodstock, IL and is a graduate of Iowa State University with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communications and Women’s & Gender Studies. She moved to Chicago last August to attend graduate school at DePaul University, where she is currently pursuing a […]

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Reflecting on 39 years of Hope

Southside Center of Hope has had the privilege of welcoming thousands of single women and women with children, to its family, in hopes that we can empower them to live a life free from addiction for 39 years. While each woman’s name and journey may be different, “their story”, what happened in their life that […]

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Finding Purpose

A lover of music, theater and animals, Jazmin was a very involved student growing up. She played saxophone in the band, had parts in plays and did tap, jazz, ballet and hip-hop dancing. Her 5-year goal is to get her own apartment, build a better relationship with her family and secure work that makes her […]

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Longtime Volunteer Holds Coat Drive

Antoinette Gonzales Kern has been a longtime volunteer of Southside Center of Hope (SSCOH) formally known as Saint Martin De Porres House of Hope. “I will always know it as St. Martin” Antoinette said. How did you begin volunteering at SSCOH? I have been in the hospitality business for decades. I met the founders of […]

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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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