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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Homeless & Housing, Homeless Shelters

Mission: Our mission is to provide housing and employment services that lead to self-sufficiency among families and individuals in crisis within Latino communities.

Programs: San jose obrero mission provides resources for women and children or men in crisis as they strive to secure permanent housing and improve their lives for the long-term. Our individualized approach equips participants with the tools needed to gain lasting independence. By providing safe, interim housing, vocational training and job placement assistance, life skills training and basic nutritional, clothing, medical and hygienic support, sjom gives its clients the tools to stay off the streets for good. Participants are empowered to take charge of their lives, gain permanent housing and gain lasting independence. When participants walk through the doors of sjom, they enter a secure, nurturing environment. In cooperation with staff members, participants help develop plans that serve as their roadmaps to gain lasting independence. Once participants leave the program, they receive six months of post-residential assistance. Sjom was founded in 1981 as an emergency shelter in response to the growing homelessness in the community. It has evolved from a single-purpose shelter for homeless men into a 120-day residential program serving women and children and men in chicago's pilsen and little village neighborhoods.

Community Stories

15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Glynne G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began helping this agency over twenty years ago serving homeless men a meal on Sunday night. I joined the board ten years ago and have seen the mission serve men, women and children find housing, learn to get a job or to improve to a better job. They provide interim housing and services to aid the residents find permanent housing. They offer services in English and Spanish . They provide life skills training, health assessment and financial skills to help the resident become self sufficient .

Previous Stories

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have done volunteer work at the agency for homeless men, women and children. I started by providing Sunday night dinner when the cook was off. We were a team of three and cooked and served the residents. This was indeed an activity that made us feel that we were needed. We loved interacting with the residents and they told us how much they loved our meals.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

San Jose Obrero Mission offers Financial Literacy, Life Skills and Career Training classes in English and Spanish to all of the participants. All the participants are assigned a case manager that helps them with their needs. The program helps the participants to be self-sufficient and increase their self-esteem with various workshops offered by outside services. Through the community linkage agreements, the participants can be seen by other counselors, doctors and receive other services free of charge to them. Once a the participant is ready to exit, the case manger arranges the proper transportation so that the participant is able to go to their new place.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work with the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, and do regular outreach with the residents at San Jose Obrero Mission's two sites: Women and Families in Crisis, and Men in Crisis. SJOM staff gives hope to men, women and children who are experiencing homelessness by providing them with high-quality services, safe facilities, and opportunities and motivation for personal and career growth. The staff really cares, and often goes above and beyond what they have to, for example, organizing special events on their own time for clients to attend and to raise money for SJOM. SJOM is open to people from all backgrounds, but is particularly capable at serving Latino clients, and is a pillar in the Pilsen and La Villita communities. A story I often hear from clients is this: "I have been in Pilsen for 20 years. I always knew this place was here, but never thought I would become homeless. Now that I am in this situation, I am so thankful for San Jose Obrero Mission. Without them I would be sleeping in the street. Because of them, I got a job, am saving money, and am getting ready to move into my own place."

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

San Jose Obrero Mission is an agency which provides employment and housing. There Interim Housing Program serves single men, women with children and single women as well. San Jose Obrero Mission helps participants get on their feet, with income, housing and programs that will benefit them. I have seen participants successfully complete the program and find housing thru San Jose Obrero Mssion.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Thank you San Jose Obrero Mission for taking on an issue that many people feel is a strain and epedimic on our society. Keep on standing up for those that are most vulnerable.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A friendy and warm enviroment. A system that works. The participants are expected to follow house rules but are also made to feel part of a family. Not your average shelter. It encourages and assists the participants to become self suffient once again and gives them the life skills to maintain the knowledge learned at SJOM.

Tennille M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

San Jose Obrero Mission is a great place to help people in need. It has an nice warm environment with a caring and passionate staff who really cares about the well being of the people. Keep up the good work guys and God Bless you all! :)

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a Interim Housing Program ,serving women with children and single women as well. This program is open all year around, they offer comprehensive services that empower its Participants to transform their lives. Great Place!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

San Jose Obrero Mission is a non-profit organization that really helps the people in need. Not only by providing our men, women, and families with shelter and food but with so much more. SJOM provides programs like life skill and career classes so our men and women are equipped for the real world. SJOM is preparing each person to get back into society by helping them find a job and a place to live. As a volunteer coordinator I have seen the reward of helping out the families by taking care of the kids so mom can go and find a job or go to that job interview. Honestly, being a volunteer and serving the people in my community is the best job ever.

Jennifer137

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have witnessed first hand the good this organization does for the community. They provide comprehensive services to the clients there, from life skills to job skills to meals. I was impressed at the lengths they go to to help the clients. From trying to hunt down documentation for benefits and I was so impressed by the quality of meals they served. The shelters are super clean and very safe. I was honored to volunteer there and feel they are such an asset to the community.