Place in Chicago
Leslie Brown had few resources when she was released from an
Illinois prison. She soon returned to prison to motivate and
inspire other women with the message that it is possible to
In 1994, she opened up her own home on Chicago's West Side and
started Leslie's Place to
provide a home and support for women who, like her, were
re-adjusting to society. She added a second
location on Walnut Avenue and in mid-2019 consolidated Leslie's
Place programs and services at the Walnut Street location.
Since it's founding, Leslie's Place has provided a safe home,
clothing, training, counseling and support for more than 1,000
Read what one woman wrote about her experience: "I
realize now living in two other sober homes, Leslie's Place
was the best. Not the building, not the
neighborhood. I have lived in two nicer houses in nicer
neighborhoods. But the care and programs. AA
meetings, bible study, church together on Sunday.
It was far better for keeping me safe."
And another resident wrote to Leslie: "You inspire me
to do the right things, to make the right choices, and
While more than half of ex-inmates in Illinois are
re-incarcerated within three years after their release, 89 per
cent of Leslie's Place residents never return to
Their success is due in part to the programs, services and
support that Leslie's Place provides. We deeply appreciate all
of the support that we have received from our generous donors.
Donate online using Credit Card or Paypal (Donations are listed
as Support Advocates for Women, the supporting organization for
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