LET’S MAKE IT A SPECIAL MOTHER’S DAY FOR THE WOMEN AT THE DOWNERS GROVE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SHELTER AND MARY LOU’S PLACE IN EVANSTON
Last year at this time we came to you at the onset of COVID 19 asking you to help us support the victims of gender-based violence as it continued to increase. Whether this was because people started sheltering at home with their abusers, or there was a shortage of beds at shelters, or shelters were unable to acquire the supplies that they needed to help victims and their families, NCJW stepped up to help. Unfortunately, the Pandemic is still plaguing us, and abuse has increased as well.
To that end, the NCJW Chicago North Shore Mother’s Day Project continues to support two domestic violence shelters – the Downers Grove Domestic Violence Shelter run by the Family Shelter Service of Metropolitan Family Services DuPage and Mary Lou’s Place run by the YWCA Evanston/North Shore. These shelters serve women and their children who are victims of domestic violence by providing housing, meals, counseling and other personal essentials. Women are taught job skills and employment before they move into their own apartments. It has become our tradition to show our support for these women who have been threatened by violence and abuse by giving each a special Mother’s Day basket.
The women at the shelters so often arrive with little more than the clothes they are wearing. We fill Mother’s Day baskets with many items we take for granted each day: shampoo, conditioner, body soap, lotions, gift certificates, chocolates and other items that would be “luxuries” for them at this time. Help make this a special Mother’s Day for the women at the shelter, and at the same time, honor a special woman in your life.
At this time, online ordering has closed. If you still have cards that you’d like sent out, please email [email protected] to see if additional orders can be accepted.