October 2017 Highlights


“Restoring human dignity through hospitality, hope, and healing.”

From the Director

Dear Friends,

Shawn, who recently graduated with his culinary certificate, has been using his skills around the Center.  He has been preparing the food for the mothers’ circles, young men’s circle and a host of other gatherings.  I could really get used to his cooking.

The woodshop is busy creating talking pieces and other items that we use for the peacemaking circle.  We are about to begin the silk screening of t-shirts, etc.  We will let you know and, hopefully, we can create some shirts for you.

We had a great turnout for our barbecue/fundraiser on October 1st.  The weather was perfect and it was a great turnout.  We started with a Mass and ended with great food and good conversation.  Thanks for all who came out and supported us.


Fr. David Kelly, C.PP.S. 
PBMR Executive Director and Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center Chaplain

We welcome Christine Weil to our staff as of last week.  She comes with a great deal of experience in restorative justice and working with youth who are court involved.  It is great to have her as a part of the Precious Blood family.

We thank you for your support and all the energy and time you offer PBMR.  We are truly grateful.


Back of the Yards Day of the Dead Celebration at PBMR


Fall Harvest

We are fortunate to have an Eagle Scout from St. John of the Cross Parish of Western Springs whose project it is to build us five low tunnels for our Precious Blood Community Garden.

The low tunnels will help to extend the season for the crops, which in turn will provide more food for those who come for our harvest day each week. There are about 25 families that consistently come every Wednesday for the food donations from Trader Joe’s. In addition they come to the garden for FRESH greens that they can pick. They now have to wait for the carrots, red beets and turnips to get a little bigger. Last week we picked 25 pounds of peppers so they would not freeze. It was a great harvest day for us. We gave out 50 pounds of food all totaled last week. To date we have harvested 2930 pounds of food. Last year’s total was 1600+ pounds. God is so good to us. We are so grateful to our young Eagle Scout George whose project was to provide the seeds and seedlings for our spring crop. The extra seeds we sowed for our fall crop.

Mary H., Sharrow C., Bela M.

PBMR and Loyola Academy Art Project

Charlie Parish
The Visual Arts students from PBMR’s Art on 51st  and art students from Loyola Academy are coming together to share their points of view on Social Justice and how it directly affects their communities. Each side will take a close look at some issues and share their views through paintings.
There will be two parts to the creation of these paintings. Each group will start a canvas and the other group will finish it with their response to the first group session. Once the first session is completed, the paintings will be exchanged for additional responses.
Brandon PowellAfter the final exchange the students from Art on 51st will visit Loyola Academy to share their portion of the work and meet the students at Loyola Academy. It is anticipated that both groups will continue the dialog either by creating more works of art or finding other means of keeping the “conversation” going. So far, the first part of this project had proven to be enlightening for the students at PBMR. The students are scheduled to meet on November 14, 2017.

Board-Staff Retreat

On October 14th, the Board of Directors and the PBMR Staff gathered at the Dominican University for our first retreat to begin a process of strategic planning for the the future. It was a great opportunity to get to know one another and share stories of success as well as the challenges we face in our ministry. It was a wonderful gathering that energized and inspired us all as we move forward in meeting the ever-expanding needs of our population!


Tuesday, November 28th, PBMR will be launching our #GIVINGTUESDAY campaign.
We need your help to make this end-of-the year effort a big success.How can you help:
a. Host a “Getting to know PBMR” party at your home/parish.
b. Spread the word of our #GIVINGTUESDAY efforts through your various social media (facebook, e-mail, tweeter, snapchat, youtube, etc.)
c. Be a PBMR ambassador by telling our success stories and referring persons to our website who have not been introduced to PBMR.If you want to help with this effort or have questions, please e-mail Sr. Donna at liettecpps@aol.com.

Case Management Youth Circle

On October 20th our Case Managers organized their first  youth circle focused on “Goals”. They wanted to instill in them the importance of their goals, how to achieve these goals, and how to stay consistent. Their main purpose was to make this circle exciting for the youth. It was an enjoyable moment while still educational.
The message to the youth included knowing that their goals are important. By keeping their goals they will develop the focus they need to get ahead and be successful.

Halloween Celebration

Alontae Miller

Halloween came to PBMR. We had a pumpkin carving contest and many youth were excited to participate. Judges selected 3 winners, however everyone was proud of their designs. We finished the day with caramel apples made by the youth.

Alontae M., Pamela P., Brandon P., Steven J.

Steven J., Marijo G.

Br. Juan A.

We dressed up and had lots of laughs on Halloween, played games and had scary laughs with the young men.