Crisis Center for South Suburbia Overview
Target demographics: Women and children who are victims of domestic violence in the greater Chicago southland
Direct beneficiaries per year: 2500
Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: Trained volunteers answer the 24-hour hotline phone, as well as provide child care, support in our Court Advocacy and Hospital Advocacy programs, clerical and maintenance services, gardening, technical assistance, and assistance with special events and projects. Volunteers for our two Neat Repeats resale stores provide valuable services to the agency, and ultimately to the individuals and families served through CCSS.
Geographic areas served: Chicago southland
The Crisis Center for South Suburbia offers individualized services for victims of domestic violence. Using an inter-disciplinary approach, educators, advocates, case managers, and clinical counselors work together to provide comprehensive resources and effective solutions for victims and the community.
The Emergency Residential Shelter Program provides a safe haven for women and children who are fleeing domestic violence. Through counseling, advocacy, life-skills and job-skills training, each client focuses on regaining self confidence and independence. Mothers learn to understand the effects that domestic abuse has on children and learn tools to improve the mother-child relationship. Children receive age- appropriate counseling and therapies during their stay.
Counseling Services offer individual, group, and family counseling to individuals affected by domestic violence. Clients receive support to heal from abuse and explore options for safety and independence.
The Court Advocacy Services work with victims of domestic violence in the Circuit Court of Cook County Fifth and Sixth Municipal Districts, providing education on the Illinois Domestic Violence Act; information on legal options; equiping victims with a safety plan; advocating on their behalf with the legal system. This program provides individual court advocacy for victims, as well as institutional advocacy and professional training.
Hospital Advocacy services work with victims at Advocate Christ Medical Center to provide safety and referrals, and educates medical professionals on screening for DV.
Community Education provides domestic violence education to the general public to increase awareness of the issues surrounding DV, offering increased understanding and appropriate response to victims, enhanced safety for victims, awareness of resources for victims, and a decrease of domestic violence incidents.
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