In 1963, Fr. Phillip Marquard, a Franciscan friar from the Sacred Heart Province, started an outreach program on the West Side of Chicago. This half-way house hosted 16 ex-offenders who, although already paroled, were unable to leave prison because they had no place to go. These men received transitional housing, job counseling, job placement, and access to AA/NA support. The program continued until 1992.