About Us

Mission

Deborah’s Place opens doors of opportunity for women who are homeless in Chicago. Supportive housing and services offer women their key to healing, achieving their goals and moving on from the experience of homelessness.

We seek to fulfill our mission through the expression of our core values:

  • We believe that safe, clean and affordable housing is a right.
  • We believe that every woman has the potential to achieve her goals and determine her future.
  • We believe that women heal from life traumas through healthy relationships and a caring, supportive community.
  • We believe that we are stronger when we welcome and celebrate the diversities of the women we serve, our donors, volunteers and staff.
  • We believe in striving for continual growth, development and excellence in the supportive housing and services we provide.
  • We believe that our impact is greatest when we work in collaboration with individuals, organizations and the community at large.

2017 Agency Video

Our History

Since 1985, Deborah’s Place has provided compassionate care to women experiencing homelessness in Chicago. Deborah’s Place was founded by a group of women who believed they could make a difference for women who are homeless. From humble beginnings as a volunteer-run program in a church gym, Deborah’s Place grew first to transitional housing and then to permanent supportive housing. Over time, we developed wrap-around services to complement our housing programs – job readiness training, tutoring and education assistance, health services, case management, counseling and numerous social and life skills activities.

After more than 30 years, Deborah’s Place has helped over 4,000 women move from homeless to housed, from surviving to living.