Basic computer skills classes provided by Providence Family Services continue to be very well attended. The PFS computer lab currently has 22 newer computers that are used on a daily basis for ESL and GED classes, in addition to computer classes.

Providence Family Services (PFS), 1540 North Monticello Avenue, Chicago, provides bilingual support and direction to residents of the Humboldt Park community in northwest Chicago. The ministry provides support and direction in assisting individuals, couples and families to make changes that will allow them to achieve wholeness and an awareness of their 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.

The after-school homework club is a safe, supportive environment for neighborhood children to get help with homework.

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

Providence Family Services
Advisory Board Members:

  • Frances Ginther
  • Rosa Hernandez
  • Maggie Martinez
  • Josie Pacheco
  • Yvonne Perez
  • Jessica Ramirez
  • Victor Ramirez
  • Alex Trejo
  • Jose Vazquez