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Founded in Chicago in 1859, the House of the Good Shepherd has opened its doors and hearts to women and children who face unimaginable trauma and fear. Our holistic transitional housing and family violence recovery programs empower women and children to leave behind the cycle of violent homes, step out of poverty, and embrace a future full of hope and self-determination.


Paralyzed by fear!

“When my husband accused me of putting too much salt on his dinner, he put a knife to my throat in front of our children and held my hands over the stove until I suffered 3rd degree burns. As I cried in pain he warned me never to make this mistake again.” - Former Resident

Our target population is economically and educationally deprived persons from the poorest neighborhoods in Chicago’s inner city and throughout the greater Chicagoland area. Many of those we serve are profoundly troubled and face staggering psychological and mental challenges. Most have little or no source of income and no place to live other than to return to an abusive relationship. House of the Good Shepherd welcomes survivors of violence and abuse regardless of race, ethnic origin, economic status, marital status, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, or physical, cognitive, or developmental ability. All are offered love, compassion, and respect.

House of the Good Shepherd has also served families from 29 different countries around the world, including clients from Central and South America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”
- Maya Angelou



Often a single act of violence defines the path of that child’s development. For years one of our child residents and her brother witnessed the repeated sexual, physical and emotional abuse of their mother. Over time, the intensity and frequency of the violence escalated to such uncontrollable rage that for five years her brother did not speak at all.

Young children, especially from the ages of 6 to 24 months, are extremely vulnerable during these early stages of life. Exposure to acute and chronic stress associated with poverty and violence leaves a devastating imprint on their lives.

Safe, predictable, and stable environments are fundamental building blocks in helping children form healthy social relationships and emotional behaviors for life. Our children’s program for children ages 6-weeks to 19-years of age has remained a vital cornerstone of our family violence recovery programs since 1980.