For those who need to heal…

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Residential Program

Healing and Hope

For women who have survived sex trafficking, addiction, and abuse, Magdalene House Chicago, Inc. (MHC) promises the flexibility, advocacy, and humanity they need to heal and become leaders through its Residential Housing Program. MHC defines healing as the loving path each woman takes to re-establish relationships with family and friends, secure meaningful employment and stable housing.

MHC’s Residential Housing Program emulates a successful model developed by Thistle Farms in Nashville, Tennessee. For more than 20 years, they have helped women survivors of sex trafficking heal, stay sober, and achieve stability.

The program is flexible and highly customized to the needs of each individual woman who comes home to heal at MHC. It is supported by partnerships with local, community-based organizations in the near west suburbs of Chicago.

Program Details


MHC’s Residential Program will launch in Summer 2020.


The women will be given 24 months of rent-free housing with no live-in staff.  The residents (Sisters of Magdalene) create their own supportive community to maintain recovery, and share all household tasks.  New sisters are given a key, and offered the resources to heal from childhood wounds, get physically healthy, and find employment.

All financial support is private, with no state or federal funding being sought or accepted. 


Magdalene House Chicago will provide assistance in accessing medical, recovery, and trauma treatment.  In addition, MHC will provide access to vocational training as well as support for permanent housing upon graduation from the residential program.


We agree with Thomas Merton when he said “Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. That is not our business and, in fact, it is nobody’s business. What we are asked to do is to love, and this love itself will render both ourselves and our neighbors worthy.”


We are currently looking at the Austin neighborhood as a site for our first home.