Children & Family Services Program’s Growth: Exceptional Advocates, Teen Dating Violence Education, & More Support Groups

  • Posted by Sarah Swiston
  • On March 22, 2024
  • Chicago, chicago metropolitan area, children services, children survivors dv, Domestic Violence, domestic violence agency, domestic violence agency chicago, domestic violence organization, DV agency, dv survivors, End Domestic Violence, family services, Housing Programs, non-profit, non-profit agencies, northwest chicago, WINGS, WINGS Program
Did you know that in 2022 there was a 106% increase in requests for children’s services to the Illinois Domestic Violence Hotline over the prior year? In response, over the last two years WINGS has continued to grow the Children and Family Services Program through hiring more exceptional staff, providing Teen Dating Violence Education to youth, and offering counseling and support groups to youth in the community through the new Foglia Family Resource Center (FFRC).
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Learn More about A New Direction and Program Coordinator Rita’s Dedication to Survivors

  • Posted by Sarah Swiston
  • On February 28, 2024
  • A New Direction, AND, AND WINGS, Chicago, chicago metropolitan area, Domestic Violence, domestic violence agency, domestic violence agency chicago, domestic violence education, domestic violence organization, Domestic Violence provider, Domestic Violence Services, Domestic violence services provider Chicago, DV agency, dv education, dv legal advocacy, DV survivor Beverly, DV survivor Morgan Park, dv survivors, End Domestic Violence, family services, WINGS, WINGS Program
A New Direction (AND) became a program of WINGS in 2022; however, Program Coordinator Rita has been dedicated to serving survivors in the Beverly – Morgan Park neighborhoods for 40 years. As March is National Social Worker Month, learn more about A New Direction and Program Coordinator Rita's Dedication to Survivors in the community.
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How WINGS Resale Helps Clients

  • Posted by Sarah Swiston
  • On January 30, 2024
  • Chicago, chicago metropolitan area, Chicago suburbs, children services, Domestic Violence, domestic violence agency, domestic violence organization, DV agency, dv survivors, End Domestic Violence, family services, Housing Programs, in-kind donations, independence, non-profit, non-profit agencies, Resale Arlington Heights, Resale Niles, Resale Nrothwest Chicago Suburbs, Resale Schaumburg, Resale Suburbs, Shop Resale, suburban thrifting, Thrifting, WINGS, WINGS Program, WINGS Resale, WINGS Resale Arlington Heights, WINGS Resale Niles, WINGS Resale Schaumburg
Over the last seven years, WINGS Resale Stores have provided more than $183,000 worth of donations to survivors. Have you ever wondered how donations get to clients?
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A Life-Changing Phone Call – Ximena’s Journey with WINGS

  • Posted by Sarah Swiston
  • On December 15, 2023
  • Chicago, chicago metropolitan area, Chicago suburbs, children services, children survivors dv, Domestic Violence, domestic violence agency, domestic violence organization, DV agency, dv survivors, End Domestic Violence, family services, Housing Programs, independence, inspiration, inspiring survivor, northwest chicago, Shelters, survivor, WINGS, WINGS Fundraiser, WINGS Program
Ximena* was recently awarded WINGS 2023 David K. Hill Award recognizing an inspiring survivor. She shares her journey with WINGS: “Sometimes in life, one phone call can completely change your life. My name is Ximena and this is my story. It’s not how I expected my life to turn out, but I promise you, it has a happy ending.”
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Molly’s Story – “WINGS was a Huge Turning Point in My Life”

  • Posted by Sarah Swiston
  • On November 28, 2023
  • breaking the cycle, chicago metropolitan area, Chicago suburbs, children services, children survivors dv, Domestic Violence, domestic violence agency, DV agency, dv survivors, End Domestic Violence, Escaping domestic violence, families breaking the cycle of violence, family services, Housing Programs, independence, Molly's Story, non-profit, non-profit agencies, northwest chicago, Shelters, Turning Point, WINGS, WINGS Program
WINGS Children’s Advocate, Ilona ran into graduate Molly. After reconnecting, Molly shares how WINGS was a huge turning point in her life.
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WINGS Children’s Advocate Ilona’s Touching Reunion with Survivor Molly

  • Posted by Sarah Swiston
  • On October 26, 2023
  • celebration of courage, Chicago, chicago metropolitan area, Chicago suburbs, children services, children survivors dv, Domestic Violence, domestic violence agency, domestic violence organization, DV agency, dv survivors, End Domestic Violence, family services, Housing Programs, independence, inspiration, mission, non-profit, non-profit agencies, Philanthropy, Reunion, Shelters, WINGS, WINGS Program
Just a Normal Resource Fair Until… At a local high school community fair, WINGS Children’s Advocate, Ilona was overseeing a table about WINGS resources. Suddenly she looked up and saw a past client, Molly. Moments later, Ilona was receiving the biggest hug from Molly.
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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

  • Posted by Sarah Swiston
  • On September 29, 2023
  • domestic abuse, Domestic Shelters, Domestic Violence, domestic violence agency, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, domestic violence FAQ, domestic violence organization, DV agency, dv survivors, End Domestic Violence, family services, Housing Programs, mental health awareness, non-profit, October Domestic Violence Awareness, power and control, Power and control wheel, WINGS, WINGS Program
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Learn more about how common domestic violence is, examples of tactics that abusers use to keep survivors in the relationship, and how domestic violence impacts a survivor’s health. Help is available, you are not alone.
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WINGS Celebration of Courage Honors 15 Inspirational Survivor Graduates

  • Posted by Sarah Swiston
  • On August 25, 2023
  • celebration of courage, chicago metropolitan area, Domestic Violence, domestic violence agency, domestic violence organization, domestic violence survivors, DV agency, dv survivors, End Domestic Violence, family services, Housing Programs, non-profit agencies, northwest chicago, Shelters, WINGS, WINGS Program
WINGS Annual Celebration of Courage honored 15 survivor graduates and their children through a virtual celebration. Graduates shared inspirational messages and WINGS impact on their journey to freedom.
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WINGS Fiscal Year 2023 in Review – Awards and Growth

  • Posted by Sarah Swiston
  • On August 23, 2023
  • A New Direction, celebration of courage, Charity Navigator, Chicago, chicago metropolitan area, Chicago suburbs, children services, children survivors dv, COVID-19, Domestic Violence, domestic violence agency, domestic violence organization, DV agency, DV Hospital Program, dv survivors, End Domestic Violence, family services, Housing Programs, non-profit agencies, Philanthropy, WINGS, WINGS Program
This past year WINGS expanded the number of survivors served in Community Based Services and earned a total of five national Purple Ribbon Awards. Learn more about WINGS Fiscal Year 2023 in Review.
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WINGS Award-Winning Survivor Lifeline: Connecting Clients to Survivor Mentors

  • Posted by Sarah Swiston
  • On April 24, 2023
  • chicago metropolitan area, Domestic Violence, domestic violence agency, domestic violence agency chicago, Domestic Violence Mentor, domestic violence organization, Domestic violence program, DV agency, dv counseling, DV Mentoring, DV programs, dv survivors, End Domestic Violence, end dv, success stories, Survivor Lifeline, survivor mentors, survivor success stories, WINGS, WINGS Program
Read firsthand accounts from both Survivor Lifeline Mentees and Mentors. Learn how you can make a difference during WINGS Week of Giving.
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