Leland House, Forever a Part of our Life Story


“As a student at Moody Bible Institute, I thought my mandatory volunteer work at the Leland House tutoring children would be a difficult burden. I was quickly proven wrong, firstly, because I immediately fell in love with the children, and secondly, because I met my wife there.

Tutoring the children became an immense joy for me. I had never worked with children in this manner before so I was a little lost at first. Fortunately, one year I was assigned a partner: my wife-to-be. The first week she came in I was mesmerized by the way she handled the kids with love and strictness all at once. I watched her as she made funny faces and played along with the children’s ridiculous games while maintaining order in a learning atmosphere. Needless to say, I fell in love with her as we worked side by side at the Leland house and together we fell in love with the kids.

Unfortunately, after our service time at Leland House was complete my wife was hit by a car right outside of our school. Her pelvis was shattered and she was in the hospital for some time. During this time she received countless cards and flowers from friends and family but none compared to one large envelope. The big yellow envelope held dozens of crayon-scrawled, hand-written letters and pictures from all our children at the Leland House. It was in that moment that we knew we had created lifelong friends and lasting memories with the children and families through our blessed time at the Leland House. My wife and I are now happily married with an 8-month-old baby girl living in Texas and the Leland House children and experience is forever a part of our life story.

Leland House has been a subsidized housing program for families in need for over 20 years. This year ownership of Leland House was transferred to an organization that is committed to continuing affordable housing for the families housed there. CCO made this decision so that employees and resources could be focused on our homeless shelter programs, which provide safe shelter, nutritious meals, and supportive services, to nearly 350 individuals and families each day. To make a financial donation to CCO click the Donate button at the top of the page. We want to say special thanks to Pegge, Carol, all the other staff, who faithfully served at Leland House. We also want to thank Barnabus Project and many other valuable organizations who worked alongside out families to make Leland House an outstanding place to live. Thank you!

Leland Computer Lab

Chicago’s Housing Crisis

There is not a single county in the U.S. where a full-time minimum wage worker can afford even a one-bedroom apartment at what Housing & Urban Development determines to be the Fair Market Rent. -Habitat for Humanity
On Tuesday, February 28th the American Indian Center hosted a subsidized housing sign-up for Mercy Housing Lakefront. Over 500 men and women stood in line through the winter night for the opportunity to get one of the 125 units available at 6am. The huge number of people clamoring for the chance to get safe, affordable apartments speaks to the housing crisis that plagues America.
Unfortunately, the lack of housing in Chicago may be apparent only to those who stay up through the night to witness the long lines of homeless and precariously housed people, standing for hours for the few subsidized spaces available.
For those weathering the 30 degree temperatures, an affordable apartment unit would not be a luxury, it would be an opportunity to get out of the shelter or substandard housing they are currently in.  A few CCO residents were among those who will be moving into a Mercy Lakefront apartment in the near future. While we rejoice with them, we continue to search for housing for many single men, women and families with children who reside at CCO.
Mercy Housing Lakefront is an organization that provides subsidized housing to those who cannot pay standard market rent. They currently manage 21 properties and serve more than 2,800 residents. We are grateful for all they do on behalf of the homeless.