FreeingHabilitative Systems, Inc. (HSI) was founded in 1978 by Larry T. Byrd and a group of concerned West side Chicago residents.  Mr. Byrd became the organization's first executive director, serving in that role until his untimely death in 1989.  The agency's current President and CEO, Donald J. Dew, has led the organization since 1990.  

The agency began by operating several programs previously managed by an affiliate of Claire Christian United Methodist Church, located at Pulaski and 15th Street, in the heart of the North Lawndale community.  Among the early programs included Drake House Group Home for adolescent boys, Wesley Workshop, a sheltered employment  facility for the disabled, and an outpatient substance abuse treatment center.

HSI has grown at a phenomenal rate over the years, largely by taking over the operations of other West side agencies.which included West Side Parents of Exceptional Children Special School.  In 1984,  HSI began operating an early intervention program, and the Garfield and St. Timothy day care centers, previously operated by Christian Action Ministry. 

Now in it's 39th year, HSI employs over 90 staff members and has expanded its program magtrix to include numerous health and human service initiatives  such as the Conditional Release Program, Tabatha House for women in recovery, and the expansion mental health services into the Englewood community.  Financial support comes from various foundations, corporations, United Way/Crusade of Mercy, individuals gifts, and City, State, and Federal agencies.  To learn more, check out HSI's Impact Sheet.

HSI is a 501(c)(3) organization.