English as a Second Language classes are just one of the areas of support that PFS offers the local community.

English as a Second Language classes are just one of the areas of support that PFS offers the local community.

Providence Family Services (PFS), 1540 North Monticello Avenue, Chicago, provides bilingual support and direction to residents of the West Humboldt Park community in northwest Chicago. The ministry aims to help clients grow toward wholeness and gain awareness of personal gifts.

PFS achieves its mission through five programs: bilingual professional counseling, English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, after-school homework help, basic computer classes, and citizenship classes. Those served live at or below the poverty level and would not be able to find these services elsewhere. Clients pay modest fees for service, but those without means are never turned away.

Sister Patricia Fillenwarth founded the ministry in 1994 and continues to serve as both the director of PFS and as a counselor.

The after school homework club is a great place for neighborhood children to get help with homework after school.

The homework club is a safe place for neighborhood children to get help with homework after school.

In fiscal year 2012, 433 individuals received counseling; 94 adults participated in English as a Second Language instruction; 5 adults learned computer skills; and 60 children received after-school homework help.

Providence Family Services is a program of Guerin Outreach Ministries, Inc. and a ministry of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Ind.

For more information, contact Sister Patty Fillenwarth, SP, by phone at 773-235-8264 or by e-mail at pattyfillenwarth@sbcglobal.net.

Members of the Providence Family Services Advisory Board are Frances Ginther, Rosa Hernandez, Annette Maggio, Magdalena Martinez, Josie Pacheco, Jessica Ramirez, Victor Ramirez, Paul Santon, Alejandro Trejo and Jose Vazquez.

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