New domestic abuse shelter to open in Chicago

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CHICAGO – A new domestic abuse shelter is set to open on Valentine’s Day.

It’s in a secret location to keep families safe.

One of the workers we talked to called this a monumental occasion.

“I was able to find my footing, able to heal…” says VersAnnette Blackman-Bosia, a WINGS graduate.

VersAnnette Blackman-Bosia says a suburban WINGS shelter saved her and her two children, eight years ago.

Today, some of her artwork lines the hallways of the new WINGS Metro Shelter and Safe House.

It’s Chicago’s first domestic violence shelter in more than a decade.

Many notables attending today’s ribbon cutting: Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, Bears Chairman George McCaskey, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

It was funded in part by a settlement the city of Chicago reached with a gentleman’s club along with grants and generous donations.

The new building has family suites and 40 beds.

The complex will also have retail shops to help support the families.

And, through a partnership with several agencies, domestic violence survivors and their children will have access to comprehensive services to help them move forward.

“You have the power to choose, and there are resources available. You’re not alone,” says Sally Watts, WINGS Supervisor.

The number to call for the 24-hour domestic violence hotline is (877) 863-6338.

For more information, contact:

Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence

WINGS Program