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A Brand New Day: Celebrating Hope and Self-Sufficiency

Highlighting our successes at our annual gala event

Chicagoland TV Stations Highlight SJOM Stories

From Telemundo to Univision, everyone is talking about us!

San Jose Obrero Mission Releases 2014 Annual Report

See how your investment helped our mission last year.

SJOM Success Story: Meet Anthony

How SJOM helped a tech pro get his dream job.

With Soles4Souls, Everyone is Walking Towards Success

All SJOM participants get a free pair of shoes!

Walk for San Jose Obrero Mission at the Greater Chicago Food Depository 30th Annual Hunger Walk

The work of the Greater Chicago Food Depository is essential for running San Jose Obrero Mission's meals program—and the reason why we want YOU to join us at the 30th Annual Hunger Walk on Saturday June 20th at 8:30 am at Chicago's Soldier Field.

Dr. Love (L. M. Tolson) Live at Autumn Equinox at SJOM, Summer 2014

On August 26, Leonard Tolson moved into SJOM after his landlord failed to pay his creditors.  Mr. Tolson left work one day, and – like all of his neighbors – found his belongings on the sidewalk. 

Ineligible for placement in one shelter due to his work schedule, Mr. Tolson was added to the waiting list at SJOM, and eventually joined the community.  SJOM was a perfect fit for Mr. Tolson, also known as Dr. Love, a radio producer of WIIT, 88.9 FM.

SJOM Proudly Welcomes Juan I. AlegrĂ­a, Our New Executive Director

We proudly welcome Juan I. Alegría as new Executive Director, San Jose Obrero Mission (SJOM).

Save The Date - 12th Annual Gala - Transforming Lives

On behalf of San Jose Obrero Mission (SJOM), we are pleased to announce our 12th Annual Gala with this year’s theme of “Transforming Lives”. It will be held at the National Museum of Mexican Art on Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 6:00 to 10:00 pm. We will honor individuals who have made significant contributions to our community and who exemplify what it means to truly ‘transform lives’.

Become a Chrysalis Society Member

Since 1981, San Jose Obrero Mission (SJOM) has established itself as a homeless services leader of the utmost caliber. Our commitment to growth and improvement has allowed us to incorporate new services that reach more populations in need using best practice models. Despite the various transitions it undergoes, the core belief that every individual has a right to shelter and opportunities to improve his or her life consistently drives every aspect and modification of the agency.  Vital services continue to grow during the current challenging economic climate.

Production Chicago Fire Films

In March, the Production Chicago Fire Team filmed the mural outside the MIC building.  Our executive director was invited to be on location during the film.  The show aired on May 6, 2014 and the brief mural scene is shown during the last few minutes of the show.  You can view the show On Demand.

We are grateful for the generous donation from Production Chicago Fire.  Thank you to Bob Hudgins!

SJOM Joins Chicago Coalition for the Homeless in Springfield

On March 26, 2014, SJOM joined the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless on a Springfield Trip. Fifteen participants representing both the Men in Crisis and Families in Crisis programs visited legislators to advocate for funding for the homeless population.


San Jose Obrero Mission Continues Partnership with La Casa Norte

On May 20, 2013, San Jose Obrero Mission in partnership with La Casa Norte began a new program called Immediate Crisis Response.  This new emergency overnight program services expecting and parenting youth from ages 18 to 24.



I recently accepted the challenge to raise funds to support GCFD's 28th Annual Hunger Walk being held on June 29th, 2013, at Soldier Field...

San Jose Obrero Mission 2013 Open House

What does it cost to Help the Homeless?

These are the basic the costs per day per person for five different levels of shelter services that are included in the services provided by Cornerstone Community Outreach.  Each Level has a brief definition and an average cost.

Level 1 – Emergency Shelter (ES): is simply defined as providing a roof over someone’s head and a bed to stay in overnight.  This includes the cost of 12 hours of gas, electricity, garbage removal, exterminator, linens, and cost of the space.

-The average cost per person per day for ES is $1.23 per day.


Level 2 – Emergency Shelter (ES) with a Meal: is the same as Emergency Shelter, but one hotmeal is provided for each person.

-The average cost per person per day for ES with a Meal is $1.62 per day.

San Jose Obrero Mission Announces New Homeless Prevention Program

San Jose Obrero Mission has partnered with the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) to provide homeless prevention funds to families and individuals in need. Assistance will be provided when a family or individual provides documentation that supports rental arrearage, homelessness, utility arrearage, documentation that supports arrearage or homelessness, income and budgets to verify assistance needed to maintain payments, and landlord agreements.

December 21, The First Day of Winter...The Longest Night of the Year, is National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day.

December 21, The First Day of Winter. The Longest Night of the Year, is National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day. On December 21st, the first day of Winter and the longest night of the year, we remember those who have died homeless here in Chicago. 

Ancona School Civil Engagement

Ancona School educates students to become creative problem solvers, confident risk takers and independent, lifelong learners. Rooted in the Montessori tradition, this child-centered school stimulates the joy of learning and builds a strong academic foundation. Ancona inspires children to nourish their inner lives, find the power in their own voices and strive for justice and peace. In a community of cultural and economic diversity, Ancona cultivates understanding, care and respect for others.

Faces of Hope Networking

If you missed our wonderful "A Night to Rebuild Lives" Gala, here is your chance to make it up.

Thanksgiving Turkey Giving

In 2009 a partnership was established between International Christian Fellowship and San Jose Obrero Mission which led to the commencement of our annual Thanksgiving Turkey Drive. ICF and SJOM knows our community and the many families that may not have enough money to have a full blow thanksgiving dinner at the table. 

Sunbelt Rentals Making Families in Crisis Mural Happen

On October 16th, 2012, Executive Director Israel Vargas and mural artist, Anne Gaines walked into Sunbelt Rentals on a mission. The top of the mural being painted at Families in Crisis was proving to be a challenge because of the height. The scaffold donated by Custom Colors helped greatly...

Senator Munoz visits San Jose Obrero Mission

Senator Antonio Munoz visited San Jose Obrero Mission yesterday October 11th, 2012. Senator Munoz was greeted by Executive Director, Israel Vargas and staff along with Rachel Ramirez, organizer for the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless.  

A Night to Rebuild Lives, a Success!

San Jose Obrero MIssion held its annual gala on September 20th, 2012. The even took place at The National Museum of Mexican Arts and attendance was unprecedented. We were honored to have Mickey O MC the event and a terrific job he did.

Jewel-Osco Awarded SJOM $5,000 in Sabor de la Herencia Hispana

Jewel-Osco held their Fifth Annual "Sabor de la Herencia Hispana" at the National Museum of Mexican Arts in Pilsen. The reception celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month by honoring Hispanic businesses and community organizations.


As we approach our upcoming event "A Night to Rebuild Lives", San Jose Obrero Mission is honored to highlight the commitment made so far by sponsors. Tickets are available now at $75 per person. Just click on the donate button to your right.

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