Empowering Young Women Seeking Asylum

Who We Are

Since its opening on October 2017, Bethany House has welcomed more than 72 women and 22 small children. They come from 18 countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and South and Central America. The average length of stay is 10 months. Most arrived in this country as unaccompanied children seeking asylum. They have ‘aged out’ of the children’s detention centers. Most take ESL, GED or high school classes. Several women at Bethany House have been helped to attend local colleges.

Our Board
Women reaching out to women moved Bethany House from dream to reality

BOARD PRESIDENT: Patricia Crowley, OSB (patriciaanncrowleyosb@gmail.com)

BOARD VICE -PRESIDENT: Margaret Geraghty, BVM (mgeraghty@bvmsisters.org)

Bethany House Staff
Both passionate and compassionate

SECRETARY: Catherine Fedewa, CSFN



Patricia Bergen, CSJ

Leora Linnenkugel OLVM

Joyce Shanabarger, OSF

Evelyn Varboncoeur, SSCM

Dolores Zemont, OSF



BHH OFFICE phone 773-633-2018

SUSTAINING COMMUNITIES pledge on-going support for Bethany House of Hospitality

  • Benedictine Sisters of Chicago
  • Congregation of St. Joseph
  • Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa
  • Dominican Sisters of Springfield IL
  • Felician Sisters of North America
  • Franciscan Sisters of Chicago
  • Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart
  • Hospital Sisters of Springfield
  • Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
  • Missionary Sisters Servant of the Holy Spirit
  • Order of Carmelites
  • Servants of the Holy Heart of Mary
  • Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate
  • Sisters of St. Francis of the Immaculate Conception
  • Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth
  • Sisters of the Living Word
  • Sisters of the Resurrection
  • Wheaton Franciscans