How Our Housing Program Works

Our housing program is a 1-6 month transitional program. We can house up to 17 men at a time in a community living environment. Our primary focus is on securing identification, resume writing, job training, steady employment, life skills, spiritual development, and creating a positive support system.

If you are interested in the F.I.S.T. housing program, we urge you to begin communication with us as soon as possible. We take every correspondence we receive into careful consideration to determine if you would be a good fit for our program. To be successful in your journey back into the community it will require the ability to change who you are and become who you want to be.

Our expectations from you:

  • Follows the rules and follow a Christian based lifestyle. Be a positive participant in the program.
  • Willingness to “give back” to the community through volunteering with F.I.S.T.
  • Demonstrate self-discipline and problem solving skills.
  • Demonstrate a desire to learn new life skills
  • Assume responsibility for your future.

You can take an immediate role in your future by accomplishing the following tasks while still incarcerated:  Write to us and express your desire to obtain housing with F.I.S.T. INC.

You must help us to help you by obtaining certain identification documents prior to your release.  Getting a job within the first 60 days of your release will reduce the likelihood of you returning to prison by 80%.  You cannot get a job without an Illinois State issued I.D.

  • You must contact your counselor and request that they make an application for your social security card.  This is free. 
  • Your corrections counselor can also assist you with obtaining your birth certificate.  However you must pay for this document. 
  • Budget your money wisely so you can accomplish this task.  It’s an investment in your future.

With these two documents you can easily obtain an Illinois State I.D.

F.I.S.T. Inc. is a temporary transitional organization…we can and will help you re-enter society as a productive member, but you must be willing and ready to make the necessary changes.

Be pro-active, do not depend on others to obtain these necessary documents.

Obtaining these documents prior to your release will demonstrate to us your desire to be successful and enhance the likelihood of being accepted by us.


if interested in housing please fill out our housing application online