Our Vision

Hope, healing, and resiliency.

Our Mission

Empowering those who have experienced trauma by providing healing, stability, and community connection.

We Facilitate

Inner Healing

After a traumatic experience, a child must heal emotionally, mentally, and socially to learn and grow. Lawrence Hall treats some of the most serious consequences of childhood trauma through therapies and positive youth development strategies.

We Promote


Childhood trauma can cause complete distrust in family and home as safe spaces. We focus on providing nurturing, healthy living environments to promote and ensure stability in our children’s and older adolescents’ lives.

We Support

Community Growth

The effects of trauma ripple through communities, resulting in mistrust, separation, and oftentimes violence. Lawrence Hall supports rebuilding trust and connection in Chicago’s communities through a variety of programs and resources.

When you give to Lawrence Hall, 84% of every dollar goes to our programs and services.

  • $75 can purchase a transit pass for a teen to attend career readiness training.
  • $150 can provide two foster children with duffle bags filled with a comforting blanket, stuffed animal, and hygiene items.
  • $300 can stock an independent living starter kit with bedding, linens, toiletries, and household items for youth going to college.

Recent News

‘A good place:’ Queer youth seek acceptance at state’s first foster home for LGBTQ+ teens

WBEZ published an article by Michael Gerstein reporting on our Avers TLP home — the first transitional home in Illinois for LGBTQ+ youth in care. […]

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Lawrence Hall Announces New Vision and Mission Statements

As we wrap up our 2023 Fiscal Year, we took a look at our seven core programs and aligned our agency’s statements with where we […]


At Lawrence Hall In Albany Park, LGBTQ+ Youth Find Housing — And A Support System

Lawrence Hall has spent decades helping young people overcome childhood trauma. The new housing comes as discrimination and violence against LGBTQ+ people is rising, advocates […]

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Trauma-Informed Coaching: Empowering Opportunity Youth To Be Job Ready

By Breanna Hollie, VP of Youth & Community Development at Lawrence Hall After serving six years in prison, a 22-year-old man joined the mentorship and peer […]

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