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Wings Program, Inc.

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Causes: Domestic Violence, Family Violence Shelters, Homeless & Housing, Homeless Centers, Human Services, 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

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


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!!


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.