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Our mission is to provide housing and employment services that lead to self-sufficiency among families and individuals in crisis within Latino communities.
San Jose Obrero Mission is a haven 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 clients 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. Clients are empowered to take charge of their lives, gain permanent housing and become self-sufficient.
When clients walk through the doors of SJOM, they enter a secure, nurturing environment. In cooperation with staff members, clients help develop plans that serve as their roadmaps to self-sufficiency. Once clients 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.
Since 2008, 98% of the clients who left the program did so with stable housing and skills necessary to care for themselves and their families. SJOM’s services are offered on a non-discriminatory basis to individuals and families of all races, religions, sexual orientation and nationalities.
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