September 2018 Highlights

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

from the Director

Dear friends,

PBMR continues to strive to better serve our youth and families. School has started, so we have begun our after school schedule for those young people. Other young people are involved in daytime programs that keep the place filled with energy.  We have a number involved in the job readiness program: wood shop, screen-printing, and the community garden. The education lab is busy with youth and adults working on their high school diploma or GED. Below you will see some of the new things happening here at Precious Blood.


Making Impressions (MI) is a screen printing program that teaches youth the value of work through meaningful employment. MI offers a simulated work environment that includes soft skill development, coaching, and weekly performance reviews. All of this is done through a restorative lens.

Customers are not only able to order quality shirts at a reasonable price, but they will have the satisfaction of knowing that their purchase is providing opportunities for the community.If you are interested in having some shirts made please visit:


We are excited to welcome Karlyn Boens, who is the coordinator for the young women’s program. She continues the work of Leah Landry who recently moved to Washington DC. Of course, none of this work could be done without faithful donors and supporters. We are deeply grateful for all the support given to PBMR. Don’t forget to register for our upcoming Fall Fundraiser on October 14th. You can read more about it and follow the link to register or donate. Thanks for all your support and willingness to journey along with us. I know that together we can make a real difference.


We have acquired a 2-unit building across the street and will begin rehabbing soon. It is right across the street from the community garden and has sat vacant for as long as I can remember. Once again, the young people will work alongside contractors and laborers to be mentored in work ethics and learn the trades – a hands-on classroom. This project will strengthen our growing workforce development efforts. The Mother Brunner Family Center, which is housed in the first building we rehabbed, now has the support of Catholic Charities working to ensure mothers and families have greater access to resources.



Dear friends, our fall fundraiser is a Taco Fiesta, money raised will go toward renovating the new house we have acquired in order to offer emergency housing service to the community. As always, we appreciate all your love and support. We hope to see you there.

11:30am outdoor Mass followed by a taco lunch

Tickets are $50/ person.
If you wish to make a donation to our fundraiser event or buy tickets to attend, write a check to the following address :


Attn:  Spring Fundraiser
5114 S. Elizabeth St.
Chicago, IL  60609

Or go to our event website by clicking here: