Working for healing and reconciliation in the midst of the violence and alienation of our world
Through relentless engagement and a dozen outreach programs, we mentor more than one hundred young people and families and accompany them on a journey of success.
Abandoned buildings, lack of job opportunities, lack of educational opportunities, our response is building a future. Rehabing an abandoned building, providing our youth with on the job training, scholarships, and accompaniment to build a bright future.
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PBMR is a special and unique place; the first thing that you notice is that every person is welcome! When people come into the center there is always a cup of coffee or tea to offer them.
Into my 14th year volunteering at the Cook County Temporary Juvenile Detention Center, I thought I had seen it all…
I had made my best plan to spend time here and I had specific expectations, and it turned out very differently!
We might not be able to move mountains or change systems, but this was a day to rejoice. It was an honor and privilege to be a part of the “village it takes”.
For young men in Illinois adult prisons, the struggle most often spoken about is their disconnection, separation, and detachment from family.
We celebrate Easter with eyes wide open. We do not gloss over or minimize the crucifixion; we remember and touch our wounds and the wounds of others.
The sacred encounter of another person is a gift. It is through the sacred touch of another that we recognize them as our brother and sister.
When Joey Rodriguez walked into our meeting alongside his sister Cathy, I could not help but smile as tears sprang to my eyes.
Nearly 1000 persons marched down Michigan Avenue in the cold to remember the 762 lives lost in Chicago in 2016.
“The circle helps us see that time in here is for all of us, who are in the same boat, to think about what we don’t think about out there.”
“Blessed are those who look into the eyes of the abandoned and marginalized and show them their closeness.”
A paradigm shift becomes necessary when the old structure has become so full of holes and “patchwork fixes” that it no longer holds together.
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