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Causes: Domestic Violence, Family Violence Shelters, Homeless & Housing, Homeless Centers, Temporary Housing, Thrift Shops

Mission: The mission of WINGS Program, Inc. is to provide housing, integrated services, education and advocacy to end domestic violence.

Results: Clients also received services from counseling, career services, family services, and life skills training to help them achieve self-sufficiency and a brighter future.

Target demographics: victims become survivors

Direct beneficiaries per year: 469 victims in our two emergency shelters alone, providing them with 20,000 nights of shelter and more than 50,000 meals and critical supportive services.

Geographic areas served: the area of domestic violence

Programs: • 2 domestic violence emergency shelters: o Chicago Lawn community on the southwest side of the city  (length of stay: 120 days) o Northwest suburbs of Cook County  (length of stay: 6 weeks) • 21 homes and apartments in north and northwest suburban Cook County o No-cost shared living homes for unemployed survivors of domestic violence and their children (length of stay: 6 months) o Apartments for employed survivors and their children. Clients pay 30% of their adjusted gross income toward rent. (length of stay: 2 years) • 8 permanent supportive housing units for survivors with a medical disability. o Clients pay 30% of their adjusted gross income toward rent. (length of stay: undetermined) • 2 Neighborhood stabilization homes o Affordable housing for low and moderate income families WINGS wrap-around services include: o Safety Planning o Goal Setting o Individual & Group Counseling o Budget planning and financial empowerment classes o Support groups o Crisis intervention & management at local hospitals o Children & family services o Recreational activities o Art & play therapy for children o Access to vocational counseling o Mentoring o Acculturation services for Latina women o Referrals

Community Stories

18 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I can't say enough about this program........ My son was incarcerated and this program put on Christmas programs to help the inmates be able to spend time with their children......I could not believe how all of these men were interacting will all of the kids. It was amazing and heartbreaking at the same time........these kids enjoyed spending time with their dads even though they were in such a secluded area. I know my grandaughter especially enjoyed her time spent with her dad that day!!!!!! I hope they contiue to bring their program to different communities so that others can experience them first hand......It totally made a difference! Thank you "Wings" for all that you do year round!!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

More than seventeen years ago I found WINGS at a time in my life of dire need, when I had no one or no where else to go for support--financial, emotional, spiritual, and social support. WINGS had faith in me and the future for my daughter and I even when I didn't. I was able to pursue my education and stabilize my life while under WINGS' wings. I developed special lifelong bonds with some of the staff and volunteers (some of whom are still there)! As a graduate, I have had the opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors until I relocated out of the area to further my education and career (of which, my experiences with WINGS enrich my abilities to educate others and train professionals to work with and help others who are like me). I have seen WINGS grow and expand and excel in areas other organizations can only dream of. I continue to support WINGS financially when I can (albeit not as much as I wish I could) and in spirit even when I can't be there in person. I continue to follow WINGS successes and accomplishments and keep in touch with the program. I am forever grateful to WINGS and have a special place in my heart for this organization. As a graduate of the program, a former board member, constant supporter, and professional social worker and academician, I can't say enough about WINGS and its impact on the lives of women and children in need.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After 40 years in the education world,I looked for a meaningful place to volunteer, after retiring. At the Niles Resale store, there is an abundance of things to do that support the whole WINGS program. The need for compassion and safe refuge for women and their families who are in a domestic violence situation is imperative. The revenue from the stores along with funding helps provide not only a safe house, transitional living, but advocacy for women who must "right their upside down lives".

9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with WINGS for about 20 years- with longevity comes in depth knowledge of the organization. I have followed some of the clients when they 1st came to WINGS homeless and scared to the time they graduate WINGS and some I have been lucky enough to see return to volunteer and serve on the Board! The staff at WINGS are dedicated hard working as our the volunteers that give these women that extra hand so they can soar in the future! I am proud to put my money where my mouth is when it comes to WINGS- they operate on a lean budget getting the most from my donations!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have been a volunteer at WINGS for many years. This program really makes a difference in our ladies' lives and their children. We give them a place to live and feel safe when no one else does. We give them food and clothing. We give them the required skills and tools to get them on their feet, make them strong and ready for the next step in their lives. I am proud to be affiliated with such a wonderful organization.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering for Wings has brought such a great pleasure to my life. They do a wonderful service for women and their children. I have only been a volunteer for just over a year, but I felt so welcomed from the very start which makes the experience even better.

10

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been a donor/volunteer for Wings for just a year but feel like I've been part of a loving family for much longer. The services provided by this program are priceless. The women and children greatly benefit and it's evident after spending a short time with them. It is an honor to work with the staff of this invaluable organization.

10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The staff at Wings has made me feel I am an important part in helping them with their efforts in helping victim/survivors of Domestic Violence.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at WINGS for years and not only are the women and children who use our facility greatful for everything that is done for them, but the volunteers are treated great as well. I love doing the back packs at the beginning of the school year. Reminds me of how happy I felt as a kid getting new notebooks and gym shoes, and pencils and markers. I also love to wrap the Christmas presents. We play Christmas music at our holiday site and you feel like one of Santa's helpers for sure. I love to see how generous folks are with their donations for our food pantry and our coat drive. These are much needed items during difficult times in this economy.

9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for WINGS in various capacities for more than 12 years. I have witnessed first hand the "hands up" rather than "hand out" stance of the organization, and the power that hands up attitutde brings for so many women. This organization truly makes a difference in the community.