This past Saturday I had the honor of attending an event for WINGS, INC at the WTTW Studios in Chicago. Amazing people, great food and music, inspirational speakers all there to support this wonderful, truly needed organization. We were shown videos of some of the newest sites in the Chicago area available for women in need to find security for themselves and their children. It was a beautiful, emotional evening. There are many ways in which people can help- donations of clothing and household items to their resale store, monetary contributions, and word of mouth information of what is available for those in need are always welcome. Please visit their website…you may help someone grow their wings! (www.wingsprogram.com)
“WINGS began in 1985 as a grassroots organization by members of a local church.Their desire was to help homeless women and children in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, an area with few resources for these families. The program was called HASP, Housing and Shelter Program, and began interviewing homeless individuals about their living situations.
Over the progression of the first years of the organization, the leaders of HASP learned that female-headed families were a rapidly increasing segment of the homeless population in the Chicago suburbs. The organization changed its name to WINGS and enhanced its mission to specifically focus its commitment to survivors of domestic violence.
WINGS is now one of the largest domestic violence service and housing providers in the state of Illinois. Single women and women with children are able to receive temporary safe shelter through WINGS housing. Staff provides one-on-one, individualized assistance that allows women to set personal goals that will enable them to work, continue their education, and care for themselves and their children.”
One of the women who spoke, VersAnnette, is a talented artist and writer, who has grown stronger and spread her “wings”. Her paintings are thought provoking, calming, and beautiful! She is a Healing Arts Practitioner, owner of Soul Revival Healing Arts, and has a Pop-Up Art Gallery and Shop that features her work. If you have a free time in the evening of Oct.15th, Nov. 12th, or Dec. 10th, from 5:00-8:00 pm, head over to “Tribe- 1819 W. Belmont in Chicago and spend some time with VersAnnette and her work. You won’t be disappointed!! I can’t wait to get her painting on my wall! (mysoulrevival.com)