Sometimes, the best way we can serve a single mom is to refer her to another organization in the community. That’s why we continue to develop relationships with other agencies and organizations that serve single moms.
One of our key partnerships is with WINGS (Women in Need Growing Stronger) in Palatine. Our two organizations often refer clients to one another, and we learn from one another best how to serve single moms.
You may be familiar with WINGS because of their resale shops, located in Arlington Heights, Schaumburg, and Niles. Donating used items to their shops is a great way to help single moms and women fleeing abuse.
We recently attended the WINGS Purple Tie Ball, both to support this wonderful organization, and to learn more about how to partner effectively with them. (We also wanted to get some ideas for our own upcoming gala.) One of our former Fellowship moms (who is also a WINGS graduate) spoke, sharing her story. This mom now runs her own art business. One of her paintings is on display in our office, another will be auctioned off at our gala in February.
The Purple Tie Ball featured a number of the moms and kids who’ve graduated from the WINGS program, and teenage opera singer Laura Bretan. Laura became a finalist on America’s Got Talent in 2016, after winning the Romania’s Got Talent contest in 2015. She has donated some of her past winnings to help the homeless.
A highlight of the evening was a visit from some adorable Golden Retrievers from Lutheran Church Charities, who serve as “comfort dogs,” to help women and children coming out of abusive situations.
The dogs not only help single moms and their kids, but also have been called upon to provide comfort to victims and even first responders during the recent hurricanes, and the tragic shooting in Las Vegas.
WINGS focuses primarily on women escaping domestic violence. The organization provides emergency shelter to women coming out of abusive or violent situations, as well as counseling and guidance to help them get back on their feet. They provide extensive help to children exposed to domestic violence (which is traumatic even if the child is not the direct victim of abuse) through a number of services including art and play therapy.
Because our Fellowship Housing intake process can take up to eight weeks, we sometimes refer moms to the WINGS emergency shelter while they are in the application process. Some of our moms come to us after having spent time in the WINGS program.
We’re grateful for WINGS and the strong partnership we have with them. Together, we are helping single moms toward a brighter future.