ROGERS PARK — St. Anne’s Home, a longterm recovery home for women struggling with addiction, aims to expand its residential recovery facility at 1715 W. Chase Ave. in Rogers Park.
Ald. Joe Moore (49th) will hold a community meeting on the proposed expansion at 7 p.m. Tuesday at St. Paul’s Church By The Lake, 7100 N. Ashland Ave..
St. Anne’s, which has been operating since 2017, provides housing and recovery for eight women. They are looking to expand their operations to serve up to 15 women.
“We just want to help as much as we can,” St. Anne’s manager Billie Williams said. “The more women that we can help get back on track, then the better it will be for their families, themselves and the community.”
Williams said many of the women at St. Anne’s carry baggage from prior criminal convictions. The program aims to help them overcome those obstacles and to find success, she said.
“We help them move forward in life and be productive,” she said.
The expansion would not require any additional construction or physical expansion. The property used to belong to Lawrence Hall Youth Services, an organization that provided a home for teen girls who were wards of the state.
The Lawrence Hall Youth Services home had become “increasingly disruptive to the surrounding neighborhood, as the agency experienced difficulties managing the home and its residents,” according to Moore, and Lawrence Hall ceased operations in 2013. The property was subsequently sold to the Order of St. Anne.
To make the 15-bed group home possible, St. Anne’s is seeking a zoning change.
Due to concerns from neighbors over the previous group home, Moore struck a compromise with St. Anne’s — the group would initially operate an eight-bed home and if they “proved to be good neighbors,” Moore promised he would revisit the group’s request for a 15-bed facility.
St. Anne’s has operated without incident since first opening its doors, he said.
Williams added that St. Anne’s felt “hopeful” they would receive the neighbors blessing to expand. She said they have worked to be good neighbors and haven’t heard any complaints about their facility to date.
At the community meeting Tuesday, neighbors will have the opportunity to voice their opinions and concerns regarding the proposed expansion.
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