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!!

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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

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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

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