The vote took place Jan. 14 and resulted in a special use permit allowing ICDI members — which includes the Viatorian Community — to convert a former convent into a residence for immigrants released from detention.
“It’s huge,” said Fr. Thomas Long, CSV. “It means we can now proceed with the needed improvements to gain our occupancy permit — and open our doors.”
It will be designated as a home for men, while another former convent on Chicago’s south side, is being earmarked as a residence for women.
Volunteers with the Interfaith Committee for Detained Immigrants are dedicated to the growing needs of people who are released from immigration detention, without family or a support system in the Chicago-area.