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Rebuilding lives: St. Leonard’s House

Story by Sarahmaria Gomez/LISC Chicago and Alex Fledderjohn/TuMultimedia

March 6, 2009 – Last year, LISC Chicago’s New Communities Project and TuMultimedia embarked on a short video documentary on St. Leonard’s House, a residential program for ex-offenders in Chicago’s West Haven neighborhood. This 54-year-old grassroots organization helps ex-offenders rebuild their lives according to individual needs — everyone who works and lives there is focused on a positive future. Twenty percent of residents return to jail, compared to more than 50 percent nationwide. It is one small example of what an organization can do when it focuses on people rather than numbers.

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