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Our Mission

Inspired by the vision of St. Vincent de Paul, St. Joseph Services educates and inspires youth and adults, developing values and talents through collaborations to strengthen communities.


About Us

Our Vision: Transforming Lives to Transform Communities

Our Values: C.H.E.E.R.S.

  • Collaboration: To network and partner with others to provide and enhance services

  • Hospitality: Welcoming others in a spirit of openness and compassion

  • Empowerment: Educating, mentoring, and assisting others to grow toward their full potential

  • Excellence: Providing the highest quality of services and achieve measurable social impact

  • Respect: Treating others with reverence, compassion, and integrity and promote equity and equality

  • Service: Practicing generosity of spirit, especially for persons most in need

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Our History

The Daughters of Charity have been serving Chicago communities most

affected by poverty since 1861. In 2001, they established St. Joseph

Services to further their commitment to those in need. The goal was

to develop an outreach ministry to partner with local parishes and

community nonprofits.

With the help of our partners, St. Joseph Services created after school

and summer camp programs for youth in the Austin community. Within a few years, youth and adult programs began to take shape in Humboldt Park, offering after school programs and English as a Second Language, Computer Literacy, Citizenship classes for adults. 

Through educational and supportive programs, St. Joseph Services empowers Chicago youth and adult students to move from poverty to self-sufficiency. With 21 years of successful outreach, St. Joseph Services has become a vital part of the community, breaking the cycle of poverty and helping individuals reach their full potential.

Click here to view the SJS History brochure!

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