Our Founders

Sister Therese (left) and Sister Connie (right)

Sister Therese (left) and Sister Connie (right)

In 1983 Sister Connie Driscoll (1993 – 2005) and Sister Therese O’Sullivan, IBVM Co-founded St. Martin de Porres House of Hope. St. Martin de Porres began as a homeless shelter for women and their children. Within a few years, it evolved into a recovery home for substance abusers.

Sister Connie and Sister Therese combined their experience in business, education and law as well as their military and religious community training to develop a place of hope and healing for woman and their children on the south side of Chicago. The common thread that our co-founders shared was the instruction and inspiration they received in their secondary education from the Sisters of Loretto as well as their intense desire to serve God’s people.

Listen to the story of our humble beginnings from award wining reporter, Carol Marin

National Recovery Month

September is National Recovery Month (Recovery Month). During the month of September, there is a national observance educating people on the fact that addiction treatment and mental health services can allow those with a mental and/or substance abuse disorder to live... read more

Harmony, Hope & Healing

Our music program provided by Harmony, Hope & Healing offers our women and children a creative outlet. The Choir/Ensemble performs approximately 30 outreach concerts a year at churches, schools and community outreach organizations throughout the Chicago area.... read more

How You Can Help

Drug abuse is an epidemic that we cannot fight alone. St. Martin de Porres House of Hope realizes that our work is made possible by our donors, volunteers, partners and supporters. Our work is just as relevant today as it was when our organization was founded in 1983.... read more

Treating Drug Addiction

Many people do not understand why or how people become addicted to drugs. It is often mistakenly assumed that drug abusers lack moral principles or willpower and that they could stop using drugs simply by choosing to change their behavior. In reality, drug addiction... read more

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