About SisterHouse

 Vision Statement

SisterHouse is a faith community of recovering women who are spiritually transformed to the fullness of their potential to benefit future generations.

Mission Statement

SisterHouse is a faith-orientated community of women that:
  • offers a temporary home to women seeking recovery from substance abuse
  • provides a secure environment of respect, order and peace
  • offers opportunities for growth in self-esteem and spiritual maturity
  • requires accountability and responsibility

SisterHouse welcomes their new Executive Director!

Lisa M. Steward-Baugh, Recovery Coach, MAOL, Executive Director

Lisa comes to SisterHouse, with more than 20 years social service experience. Over the years, Lisa has been a long standing board member of Metropolitan Family Services, The Chicago Continuum of Care, The Coalition for the Homeless, Developing Communities Project, Inc. (DCP), Organizational Partners Network (OPN),  and the Interim Housing Providers Constituency Group.
Lisa’s professional experience includes working for the City of St. Louis, where she was Regional Case Manager Supervisor for their Ryan White Program.  Lisa is known for advocating for individuals experiencing homelessness, substance abuse and mental illness.   Lisa has run 7 family shelters simultaneously throughout the Chicago land area, managed a Rental Housing Support Program, worked with International Youth who were victims of the sex and drug trade, and victims of domestic violence/sexual assault.
Lisa is experienced in and certified as a Substance Abuse Recovery Coach, Crisis Counselor, Domestic Violence Advocate, Job Trainer & Developer, Substance Abuse Intervention Specialist, Effective Parenting and Leadership Development.
Her educational history started at Grambling State University, were she studied Psychology & Speech Pathology, Olivet Nazarene University, where she focused on a degree in Business Management and ended when she obtained her Masters degree in Organizational Leadership from Lewis University.
Lisa is dedicated, passionate and persistent when it comes to helping others. “Changing Hearts and Rehabilitating Minds” is what she does on a daily basis.

Rochelle Sims, C.A.D.C., N.C.R.S. Program Director

Rochelle Sims was first introduced to SisterHouse in 1992 and began working here part-time as an overnight supervisor in 1993. Throughout her time at SisterHouse, her role increased, as did her responsibilities and hours until she became full time in 1995.  Ms. Sims went back to school and became a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor in 1999, and was promoted to Program Director at SisterHouse in 2000. In 2005 she was asked to join the board of directors for Healthcare Alternative Systems, which provides Intensive Outpatient Treatment for SisterHouse’s phase 1 clients, and aftercare services for those in phases 2 & 3. Maintaining these relationships with partnering agencies, hospitals, and churches has been a blessing to SisterHouse and to Rochelle’s life as well. 

Emerging as a leader in her field, Ms. Sims earned her National Certification as a Recovery Specialist in 2005. After 14 years of working alongside the School Sisters of Notre Dame, Rochelle became a Lay Associate Member of their order.  

Throughout her career, her life, and her faith journey, Rochelle has been driven by love for her community, and especially for her family. Rochelle is the matriarch of her family; she is a loving mother, a dedicated grandmother, and a beaming great-grandmother.
Our Board
Executive Board Chair 
Sue Lescher 
Vice President 
Pat Smuck 
Cassandra Norman
Judy Garber

Council Liaison
Charmaine Krohe, SSND

Board Members
Mary Kay Brooks, SSND
Dolores Cole
Claire Marie Czerwiec, SSND
Tiffany Harrison
Mary Lou Henderson, SSND
Madelynn Macur Brousil
Tiffany Martinelli
Michelle Olson
Julie Schultz
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