Wings Program, Inc.

Rating: 4.89 stars   18 reviews

Issues: Homeless & Housing, Human Services

Location: PO Box 95615 Palatine IL 60095 USA

Mission: The mission of WINGS is to provide a continuum of integrated services to end homelessness and domestic violence one family at a time.
Results: In Fiscal Year 2009, the Safe House provided 8,000 nights of shelter to 184 women and children. Our Transitional Housing program served 176 women and children with 35,000 nights of shelter. These women also received services from counseling, career services, family services, and life skills training to help them achieve self-sufficiency and a brighter future.
Programs: Transitional Living Program - Provides shelter, case management, therapeutic counseling, vocational counseling, life-skills training, financial management training, and children's counseling. Transitional Living has three stages of increasing autonomy: shared-living homes, transitional apartments, and individualized transitional housing.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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!!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006

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10 people found this review helpful

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the stabilization of my life and that of my family; I was supported to pursue my education and career which offered self-sufficiency and security as well as an opportunity to use my personal life experiences to professionally help others in need.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find a way to support more ongoing after care or follow-up with graduates and ensure long-term success for graduates.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The relationships with staff and volunteers--enduring and life long.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

phenomenal! Caring, compassionate, empathetic, nonjudgemental, nurturing, and projecting faith/belief in others.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

spend more money on prevention and advocacy efforts as well as possibly create endowments of some kind to support women and children to sustain their progress after graduation from the program

Ways to make it better...

I

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

societal issues that keep women down

One thing I'd also say is that...

Rebecca Darr's leadership has been tremendous for this organization. oPositive relationships and bravety to be creative, take risks, and think outside the box have been the key to success for WInGS. WINGS is persistent and savvy.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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8 people found this review helpful

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".

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

No

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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9 people found this review helpful

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!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have watched WINGS grow from 10 beds to over 100! Way to go WINGS!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

14 people found this review helpful

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

watching a woman graduate and be on her own successfully.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try to find a way to have a continous stream of income.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

observing the growth and the increased feeling of selfworth of the individual ladies.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated, hard working and caring. The world is a better place because of them.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

invest the funds so that it would have a monthly income to support all of our homes and safe house so more energies could be spent on supporting the women and their children versus raising funds to keep our homes open.

Ways to make it better...

we had more time to plan.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

obtaining funding so no woman would have to be turned away because we did not have the funds to support her and her children.

One thing I'd also say is that...

this is an excellent organization. Most people think homelessness or battered women are only poor or uneducated women. That is totally wrong. People also think it is only a city issue. That is totally wrong. The subburbs need a place for woment to go

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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10 people found this review helpful

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.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very welcoming and eager to help.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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10 people found this review helpful

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.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

so kind and appreciative. Always going that extra mile.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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10 people found this review helpful

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing how important it is to increase public awareness about Domestic Violence.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

feeling I am continuing my effort to help women and children to lead a safe life.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Increase the amount of women and children served as they choose to leave an abuser.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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4 people found this review helpful

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

in seeing the looks on the kids faces when they come in to collect both items that were donated for them or to shop in our food pantry. It just melts my heart that we can do that for them. Oh, the excitement with them trying on the Halloween costumes.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Everyone I get to work with. Beth and Beth and Dawn. They have the biggest hearts and a wonderful, kind attitude. They are grateful for the smallest things I do for them (WINGS).

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Always wonderful. No doubt there.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Give a face lift to the office. Add a sink with running water to the kitchen area. (we have to wash dishes in the bathroom sink).

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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9 people found this review helpful

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Watching women find the strenth to take the hands up offered by Wings and make the leap to find independence once again.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Ways to make it better...

The caring staff make the volunteer experience a pleasure. More staff and donations would always help.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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