Deborah's Place

Rating: 4.96 stars   24 reviews


2822 W Jackson Blvd Chicago IL 60612 USA


Deborah's Place breaks the cycle of homelessness for women in Chicago. Through a continuum of housing options, comprehensive support services and opportunities for change provided by dedicated volunteers and staff, women succeed in achieving their goals of stable housing, sustainable income and greater self-determination.


Since the agency opened its doors in 1985, over 3,500 women have benefited from the programs and services of Deborah's Place. In fiscal year 2010, the housing programs and supportive services provided by Deborah's Place helped 450 women work toward their goals of permanent housing, sustainable income, and greater self-determination. The number of women served was a 17% increase from the previous fiscal year. Highlights of the impact Deborah's Place had on these women include: *53 women moved directly from the streets to the agency's supportive housing programs. *97% of our supportive housing residents maintained their housing at Deborah’s Place (163 women) or relocated to stable housing in the community (25 women). These women have truly broken the cycle of homelessness. * Zero women were evicted or terminated from our programs, demonstrating our commitment to harm reduction and Housing First strategies. *54 women obtained or maintained sustainable income through employment or public benefits. *100 percent of participants accessed critical services that helped to reduce barriers to maintaining stable housing, including 191 who received health services, and 409 who sought educational or social-emotional opportunities through the agenc's Learning Centers.

Target demographics:

Deborah’s Place served unaccompanied adult women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. We specialize in reaching unaccompanied adult women who are considered by the system to be the “hardest to house” and who represent 43 percent of Chicago’s single homeless population. Demographic Characteristics: 75% African American 17% Caucasian 67% between ages 41-60 Age range: 20-80 Situational Characteristics: 59% experience chronic homelessness 92% live with a disability 70% live with a mental illness 40% experience chemical dependence 30% are victims of domestic violence

Direct beneficiaries per year:

Over 400 women go through the doors of Deborah’s Place each year, and we strive to ensure that once housed in our programs, not one will return to the streets. “Kathy”, a former participant of Teresa’s Interim Housing and the Rebecca Johnson Apartments, described how she broke the cycle of homelessness at Deborah’s Place in a recent letter to our Executive Director: “I enjoy my life now. I find a purpose to get up in the morning and am more capable of handling challenges that life brings my way.” In the letter, she described her personal journey: Finding her dream job (“the longest I have ever been employed with one employer before,” she wrote), living in her own apartment, and approaching completion of her doctorate degree. “This would never have been possible without the support and encouragement that I received from Deborah's Place.” Like Kathy, women come to Deborah’s Place for assistance reclaiming control over their lives and discover not only the tangible reward of a key to their new homes, but also their inner strength to recover from homelessness.

Geographic areas served:

Deborah’s Place serves women throughout the City of Chicago with locations in the East Garfield Park, Old Town, and Lakeview neighborhoods.


The innovative and award-winning housing programs of Deborah’s Place include: * Dolores’ Safe Haven: Permanent housing for 15 women who are chronically homeless and mentally ill *Teresa’s Interim Housing: A 10-bed, 120-day residential program focused on rapid re-housing * Marah’s Permanent Housing: Permanent supportive housing for 30 women with disabilities * Patty Crowley Apartments: 39 permanent housing units for women with disabilities * Rebecca Johnson Apartments: 90 units of permanent supportive housing Women residing in Deborah’s Place housing programs have access to a variety of services that are coordinated through on-site Learning Centers located at each of three agency buildings. Deborah’s Place also provides daytime supportive services to off-site women who are currently homeless or at risk of homelessness. * Health Services: Through on-site mini-health clinics, Deborah’s Place staff and partners coordinate women’s healthcare and provide referrals to free or low-cost health services. On-site healthcare and health education reduce health crises that may require costly emergency room visits and helps women who have not accessed traditional healthcare due to barriers including lack of health insurance, mental illness, substance use, and resistance to care. * Education Services: Group activities, field trips, and one-on-one engagement provide women access to the humanities, life skills training, social-emotional development, and basic adult education including GED preparation and computer instruction. * Employment Services: Assistance with resume-writing, job searches, and career coaching helps women to obtain and maintain employment. * Therapeutic Services: Licensed clinical social workers and masters-level student interns provide counseling and crisis intervention for women with mental illness, addictions, and dual diagnoses. Art therapy is also provided at multiple sites. * Comprehensive Case Management: Unlike the traditional medical model, case management at Deborah’s Place is an individualized and participant-directed process, comprised of collaborative interventions that assist each woman in meeting the goals she has established for herself. Guided by the Recovery Model, case management services use an asset-based approach emphasizing each woman’s individual strengths so that case managers can link women to resources – both inside and outside of Deborah’s Place – to help them reach stability and self-sufficiency.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I enjoyed my time as a volunteer at Deborah's Place, and as an attendee at their Mardi Gras and Chili Cook-off events. I know that the work they do is so necessary and they really do provide results. The fact that they not only house hundreds of women, but also give them the tools they need to never be homeless again is extraordinary. I'm proud to be associated with such a great organization, and I'm looking forward to their next event.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

professional, hard working, helpful, and obviously passionate about the work and mission. Very knowledgeable.

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About every six months

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