Shelter and Longer-Term Housing

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Mary Lou’s Place provides safe shelter, combined with crisis intervention and critical support services that allow survivors and their children the space and time to begin to heal from the trauma of domestic violence.

When a client arrives at the Mary Lou’s Place, their immediate needs, as well as those of their children, are addressed. Provided a private room for the family, many of which have private bathrooms, residents are given clothing, bed linens and personal supplies.

During their stay, advocates and children’s counselors provide daily individual and group counseling sessions, parent/child workshops, and specialized workshops such as health education, job readiness, and financial literacy. This important combination of emotional and practical support enables survivors to access the resources and find within themselves the ability to achieve self-sufficiency.

If you or someone you know needs help, call 847-864-8780 or (toll free) 877-718-1868.

Bridges, YWCA’s longer term housing program, enables survivors to secure the economic resources and longer-term supports to achieve stable and sustainable futures.

Bridges deepens YWCA’s impact, by helping even more women and children move beyond surviving – to thriving!  Bridges provides residents with:

  • Trauma-informed counseling for survivors
  • Workforce training and employment assistance
  • Permanent housing support
  • Financial education and legal assistance
  • Early-intervention and trauma-informed therapies for children
  • Health care referrals

Bridges residents live in a 15-unit apartment building, with one and two bedroom apartments which can accommodate up to 52 women and children.

For more information, contact Sandy T. Williams, our Domestic Violence Residential and Community Services Director at 847-864-8445.

Bridges: More Time. Mores Support. Renewed Hope.