St. Jude House Announces New Director

Crown Point, IN – November 9, 2018 – St. Jude House, sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago, has appointed Ryan Elinkowski the new Director of their ministry effective November 1, 2018. Elinkowski is an experienced social services manager who will be utilizing his skills in the areas of operations management, programming, strategic planning, and serve as a liaison to the Board of Directors.

He also brings strong leadership skills that will help enhance current community partnerships and create new ones. Elinkowski will be responsible for the ministry’s stability, growth and fundraising success.

“I’m very familiar with St. Jude house and their mission,” said Elinkowski. “I worked for them several years ago as Manager of Client Assistance and was co-founder of an annual toy drive that benefitted St. Jude House from 2008-2014. I consider it an honor to return and continue the work I feel called to do.”

“All of us are pleased to welcome Ryan, He comes to us with the ability to hit the ground running,” said Franciscan Ministries Philanthropy Director Christine Zielke. “Ryan is already familiar with our ministry and the community-at-large. He brings immediate value to St. Jude House and we are confident that his contributions will play a major role in shaping our future.”

Previously, Elinkowski served as Director at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana in Cedar Lake. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree In Human Development and Family Studies from Purdue University with a concentration in Child and Family Services.

About St. Jude House
St. Jude House is a nonprofit ministry of Franciscan Ministries, sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago. It operates as a family violence prevention center and shelter to assist survivors of violence and sexual assault and their dependent children. Clients receive compassionate and comprehensive services in a supportive environment. To learn more about St. Jude House and its mission, visit or call 1-219-662-7066.

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