Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation
5114 S. Elizabeth Street
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 trainings 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. Currently they are initiating a two-part mentoring and skills-training workshops, Bridges Out of Poverty and Getting Ahead, that will help at-risk youth secure sustainable employment.
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. The Skees Family Foundation has a personal connection between first-generation Jasmine, a Skees Family Foundation board trustee, 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. You can read about our connection to those programs and our stories about current gun regulations and how they are impacting PBMR:
- Peace Through Jobs: PBMR Prepares to Move Youth from Jail and the Streets to Employment
- “Gun Laws Won’t Impact Us Here” in the Line of Fire, Say Peace Workers: Parts 1, 2, 3, and 4