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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

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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.