Colorful and conveniently placed benches have popped up around downtown Homewood, the 2020 incarnation of an annual art installation.
Benches for Changes is a program facilitated by Homewood Business Association that benefits South Suburban Family Shelter, a Homewood-based nonprofit organization that provides services to families experiencing domestic violence.
This year’s project follows previous ones that saw dogs on parade and Adirondack chairs, locally integrated art that benefitted South Suburban Humane Society and Cancer Support Center, respectively.
The executive director of a local domestic violence services agency said the low number of requests for services during Illinois’ stay-at-home order don’t tell the whole story about what victims experienced during that time.
South Suburban Family Shelter postpones gala until October. Cases of COVID-19 continue to climb. Governor announces new campaign to encourage Illinois residents to stay the course on physical distancing practices.
Although Illinois has a "shelter in place" directive, South Suburban Family Shelter (SSFS) is still offering services to individuals and families who are in domestic violence situations.