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 several programs: bilingual professional counseling, English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, GED 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 1994-95 and continues to serve as both the director of PFS and as a counselor.
In fiscal year 2014, 321 individuals received counseling; 110 adults participated in English as a Second Language instruction; 30 adults learned computer skills; and 70 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Members of the Providence Family Services Advisory Board are Gloria Colunga, Frances Ginther, Rosa Hernandez, Magdalena Martinez, Josie Pacheco, Yvonne Perez, Jessica Ramirez, Victor Ramirez, Alejandro Trejo and Jose Vazquez.