The health and safety of our residents and staff is a top priority during the COVID-19 pandemic. To learn how we are responding to the crisis and how you can help support the women we serve, click here.

35 Years of Hope: Jackie Edens

Jackie Edens has devoted her career to helping Chicago’s homeless and disadvantaged. She started working for the city as a Mobile Crisis Intervention Worker in 1975, when the city relied exclusively on nonprofit organizations to aid the homeless. The police department assigned her to work on social service-related cases. Jackie met Sr. Connie in her […]

Read More

35 Years of Hope: Carol Cronin

Carol Cronin’s family foundation has been supporting St. Martin de Porres House of Hope for more than  20 years. “My sister Hannah first heard Sister Connie speak to a group of women in Northbrook about 1985.  She made a contribution and still has the thank you note signed by Sister Therese.  When our family started a […]

Read More

35 Years of Hope: Gloria and Fred Gleave

Gloria Gleave started her career as a computer programmer in the early 1970s and ended it as a certified Project Manager.  In the late 1980s, she met Sister Connie Driscoll at a Women in Management event in Chicago.  She was impressed with the work St Martin de Porres House of Hope was doing in Woodlawn. In 1995, […]

Read More

35 Years of Hope: Father Tom McCarthy

Father Tom grew up in the Marquette Park area on Chicago’s South Side, a graduate of St. Rita of Cascia High School. Ordained in the Augustinian Order, he returned to St. Rita, where he worked first as school chaplain, then as president, president/principal and finally as chairman of the board. “I couldn’t imagine 21 happier […]

Read More

35 Years of Hope: John Driscoll

There I was, in my mid-20s, living in the attic of a homeless shelter with 60 women and about 70 of their children,” John Driscoll says with a smile. Today John is senior vice president in charge of recovery services with Hazelden Betty Ford, overseeing a staff of 900 and 17 treatment centers nationwide that […]

Read More