domestic violence

Homewood domestic violence agency surprised by Ingalls contract termination

After nearly 20 years of providing domestic violence advocacy services to patients, South Suburban Family Shelter found out in early November that UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial Hospital is ending its contract.
 
According to SSFS executive director Jennifer Gabrenya, the agency received a short letter via email from Ingalls in the afternoon of Friday, Nov. 2, that the hospital network was terminating their relationship as of Nov. 30.
 

Candlelight vigil Oct. 1 marks Domestic Violence Awareness Month

South Suburban Family Shelter will hold a candlelight vigil at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, to mark the beginning of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
 
The gathering will be at the Irwin Park Bandshell, 18120 Highland Ave. in Homewood. 
 
The event will include music, survivor testimonies and an exhibit of T-shirts with art created by survivors of domestic abuse.
 

Used cell phones helping to underwrite SSFS services

That old cell phone may be a cast-off to you, but it can be of benefit to South Suburban Family Shelter, a nonprofit organization offering assistance to those affected by domestic violence.
 

South Suburban Family Shelter awarded $20,000 grant from Mary Kay Foundation

South Suburban Family Shelter (SSFS) has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the Mary Kay Foundation to further the organization’s efforts to combat domestic violence and provide rehabilitation services throughout the South Suburbs and the Chicago metro region.
 
“At SSFS, we are incredibly grateful for support from the Mary Kay Foundation and its continued commitment to break the cycle of domestic violence,” said SSFS Executive Director Jennifer Gabrenya.
 

Artists performing Oct. 14 in domestic violence benefit

Artists from the South Suburbs will be performing Oct. 14 in “eNOugh: Arts Against Abuse,” a program of original dance, theatre, song, poetry and spoken word.
 
The presentation is at 8 p.m. at The Drama Group’s Milord Studio Theatre 330 W. 202nd Street in Chicago Heights. Admission is $15.
 

Domestic Violence Awareness Month marked by vigil Oct. 2 at Irwin Park

The community is invited to the South Suburban Family Shelter (SSFS) 12th annual candelight vigil at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2, at Irwin Park, Ridge Road at Highland Avenue in Homewood.
 
The vigil will feature music by members of Bel Canto Children’s Choir and a presentation by Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx. She will discuss how domestic violence and sexual assault cases are handled by the State’s Attorney’s Office. 
 

South Suburban Family Shelter thanks community for funding help during state budget crisis

To the SSFS Community,
 
In January, South Suburban Family Shelter sent out a ‘Call to Action’ into our community, because we had just learned that the State of Illinois did not appropriate funds for our largest grant. Unsure what the future held for us, we remained committed to serving the members of this community by addressing all aspects of domestic violence.
 

SSFS needs ‘angels’ to help fill kids school supplies list

South Suburban Family Shelter (SSFS) is seeking out “back to school angels” who can help the agency cover back-to-school supplies expenses for children before Aug. 1.
 
The past nine years, local “angels” have adopted the school supply lists for several hundred children who receive services at SSFS, an agency that provides services to victims of domestic violence and their children.  
 

Party to help raise funds for South Suburban Family Shelter set for March 25

Supporters of South Suburban Family Shelter (SSFS) are planning a special fundraiser for March 25 to help the agency weather its reduced budget due to lack of state funding.
 
The party starts at 7 p.m. at the Flossmoor Community House, 847 Hutchison Road. All funds will go directly to SSFS, a Homewood-based not-for-profit organization helping domestic violence victims. 
 

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