The lack of a state budget threatens the health of human service organizations throughout Illinois, including our own. Some are already making plans to shut their doors. Some are already gone.
As we approach our 40th anniversary, we are reminded of all the people who have helped to bring us to this milestone. And we are also reminded of how long it took to become the organization we are today.
When we lose human services organizations in Illinois, we are letting go of all of the hard work of countless supporters and volunteers who were committed to a community that cared about the at-risk individuals in its midst.
Family Shelter Service is part of a network of non-profits that help people get back on their feet and start again. These charities depend on us, and we in turn, depend on the services only they can offer. Each time we lose one, we lose another piece of this delicately woven fabric of organizations that has taken decades to construct.
During a recent Domestic Violence Education class at Family Shelter Service, one participant told us, “I am now becoming the woman I thought I could be. This work has helped me to get my inner spirit back to who I know I can be.”
We are helping to make powerful changes in people’s lives.
If you would like to help us be heard in Springfield — and speak for the countless domestic violence victims in DuPage County — please click here. You will be able to sign our postcard and send an automatic email to your legislators.
If you have been thinking about supporting us, this is the time. The budget stalemate could drag on for several more months. While we are familiar with doing more with less — our governmental funding has decreased by 22 percent since 2009 — we continue to see a great need for our services.
If you are interested in donating, just click here. Your support is more important than ever.
Family Shelter Service
Executive Director Judie Caribeaux