Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation
Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation (PBMR) is a network of reconciliation ministries promoting restorative justice and peace throughout their community. They provide a safe place for youth living in one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in South Chicago, named the “Back of the Yards.” They offer youth a well-rounded curriculum focusing on educational, emotional, and spiritual growth and guidance through mentoring, tutoring, and job preparation. They also utilize “peacemaking circles” of conflict-resolution dialogue, offer support to families of offenders and victims, and conduct community training on ending violence. Even through the work PBMR is consistently doing, they do not feel it is enough. They are constantly expanding and adding programs to accomplish their mission of establishing an economically stable, peaceful, educated community.
Mission Statement: The PBMR is a network of reconciliation ministries inspired by a spirituality of the Precious Blood. Motivated by the belief that “those who were once far off have been brought near through the blood of Christ” (Eph. 2:13), they work as agents of reconciliation.
Board Discretionary Grant. Generational Grant. The Skees Family Foundation has a personal connection between first-generation Jasmine, a former Skees Family Foundation board member, and program director Sister Donna, a lifelong advocate for peace who works closely with youth and runs a healing circle for their mothers in Chicago. Our first grant in 2012 was directed toward ensuring PBMR can retain a part-time therapist to assist their youth in healing themselves and recreating their lives. In 2013, we directed our contribution to their new training programs helping to secure sustainable employment for at-risk boys. Jasmine and Hugh have been giving to them ever since!
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