WINGS Earns Major Honor for Innovation in Helping Domestic Violence Survivors
- Posted by Anna Bard
- On November 11, 2017
“The Safe House at WINGS Metro” Recognized with Chicago Innovation Award
WINGS, a non-profit organization serving individuals and families impacted by domestic violence, has been recognized with a 2017 Chicago Innovation Award. WINGS was honored recently with a Neighborhood Award in the non-profit category for its latest innovation, The Safe House at WINGS Metro.
The Safe House at WINGS Metro is an accessible shelter on the southwest side of Chicago. It can accommodate 40 individuals on any given night, providing a secure environment for families escaping domestic violence. The Safe House at WINGS Metro features a children’s play room, computer lab, laundry facilities, a private garden and outdoor playground. It is strategically located near a police station to provide safety and access to residents.
WINGS was one of 25 local innovators, including the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab and SpotHero, who were selected from more than 530 entries. The awards program is sponsored by Chicago Innovation, an organization whose mission “is to create a thriving innovation ecosystem in the Chicago region by educating, connecting and celebrating innovators.”
Since opening its doors in February 2016, The Safe House at WINGS Metro has provided more than 20,000 nights of life-saving shelter to survivors of domestic violence. It was thanks, in part, to a back taxes settlement that the City of Chicago reached with a strip club that The Safe House at WINGS Metro came to be. With the support of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, approximately $1.8 million of the settlement funds were invested in domestic violence programs and services.
“WINGS has a unique approach to assisting people impacted by domestic violence. We provide shelter, food, clothing, counseling and other services for victims and their children,” explained Rebecca Darr, chief executive officer of WINGS Program. “We give people who are in fear for their lives and have limited resources the kind of one-on-one support that helps them escape violence and begin their journeys towards independence. We are so grateful to Mayor Emanuel and to everyone who helped make The Safe House a reality where we can help victims of domestic violence rebuild their lives,” said Darr.