What Makes Us Different?
LifeHouse Group offers a unique set of programs and services developed by historical data-driven information that significantly improves the odds of successful re-entry for paroled male adults. Our program is holistic and dynamic in its approach, providing all aspects of individual need and risk. LifeHouse Recovery Organization, an Illinois not-for-profit 501(c)(3), functions as the company’s non-profit arm focusing on job training and education.
Our building is located at 14127 Leavitt Avenue in Dixmoor, Illinois, less than 20 miles south of the Chicago Loop. The 42,000 square foot facility, which was built in 2002 and refurbished in 2019, sits on four acres and houses up to 220 residents. The building includes a full-size commercial kitchen and dining area, offices for medical and behavioral specialists, classrooms, a computer lab, a 3D printing lab, a sewing lab, an outside recreation area, an exercise room, common areas and residential units, a secure reception area, and state-of-the-art and 24-hour security.
Our services are designed to produce personal and professional transformation. They currently include:
Individual case management, including an initial risk and needs assessment
Physical and mental health care, including pharmaceutical services
Behavioral therapy, including cognitive therapy and substance abuse programs
Transitional and permanent housing assistance
Access to accredited educational programs
Occupational skill and job training, including entrepreneurial and small business development programs
Temporary and permanent job placement assistance
Life skills training, including healthy living and nutritional cooking programs
Financial literacy programs
Veteran service organization technical assistance
You can learn more detail about each of these services on the SERVICES AND PROVIDERS page of our website.
While other re-entry facilities, programs and services for paroled adult men are available in Illinois, we believe LifeHouse Group’s offerings provide comprehensive benefits that cannot be found elsewhere. Our advantages fall into 7 areas:
At LifeHouse Group, we perform an individual risk and needs assessments for each resident as he enters our program, allowing us to more accurately predict a resident’s tendency for re-offending. Studies show that the likelihood of re-offending is almost always criminogenic or causal. Criminogenic causes include substance abuse, a lack of self-control and other types of anti-social behavior; our treatments for these causes include behavioral, pharmaceutical and support group programs. Causal factors for re-offending involve basic life necessities like food, housing and employment; our responses to causal factors focus on occupational and job skills, life skills coaching and financial management.
2. Program and Case Management
Each resident is assigned a program manager and a case manager, and the incoming risk and needs assessment is used by these managers to build an individualized plan for re-entry and rehabilitation. Case managers are responsible for guiding parolees through ’s program, acknowledging progress and recommending adjustments to treatment as appropriate.
3. Effective Behavioral Intervention
LifeHouse Group’s programs use behavioral and cognitive therapy, as well as role playing, to “re-wire” residents’ brains toward socially acceptable behavior. Our professional staff members use positive reinforcement to maximize the effectiveness of the resources available to our residents. We focus on rewarding good behavior through lifestyle benefits, including larger rooms, enhanced amenities, participation in staff/resident competitions such as card game or sports tournaments, and increased freedom.
4. Ongoing Community
LifeHouse Group coordinates with the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC), the Prisoner Review Board, and the court system to understand the needs of each resident before he moves into our facility, and our services and programs continue to be available to residents after they leave our facility.
5. Evidence-Based, Data-Driven Agility
LifeHouse Group uses resident and control group data to analyze and track our residents’ progress, and we adjust and improve in-house and partner programming as appropriate.
6. Education and Job Training
Our occupational skills and job training programs involve partnerships with active employers and select educational and accreditation programs, both on- and off-site. We offer a robust selection of job training and educational specialties, including culinary arts, computer information, construction and trade skills, transportation and logistics, hospitality, health care, manufacturing, entrepreneurship, 3D printing, sewing and clean energy initiatives, and we plan to offer new programs as our resident requests and market factors direct.
7. Job Placement
Unemployment is a major contributing factor to recidivism. LifeHouse Group offers residents temporary and permanent job placement assistance, tracking both the skills of its residents and the needs of the market to maximize employment retention.
Funding for our services and programs primarily comes from public sources, including the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC), Veterans Affairs (VA), the Department of Labor (DoL), and the Department of Human Services (DHS), as well as public and private grants.
Among public funding sources, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA), passed by Congress in 2013, requires the DoL to compensate educational providers for career training programs targeted to unemployed and underemployed individuals. By aligning their core programs and services with this Act, LifeHouse Group partners receive funds under the WIOA to provide certification training for our residents.
The VA Mission Act of 2018 authorizes the VA to provide funding to subsidize Mission Act-certified educational and training services for LifeHouse Group’s veteran population.
Several federal institutions and private foundations offer financial grants for qualified components of LifeHouse Group’s education programs. LifeHouse Group and Vallas Group, for example, have created a nonprofit entity called LifeHouse Recovery Organization that will manage LifeHouse Group’s educational curriculum. LifeHouse Group also anticipates grants from the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to fund programs for its residents. Lastly, several local banks sponsor financial literacy programs using the Community Reinvestment Act to defray the cost of these services.