Founded in 1977 and located in Burr Ridge, Illinois, Codilis & Associates serves mortgage lenders and servicers throughout the state. A supporter of the Family Shelter Service, Codilis and Associates participated in its annual fundraising gala in 2013. Contributions to the Family Shelter Service enable it to increase its focus on children and improve the offerings of its Children’s Program.
The Children’s Program provides a number of resources and services to children affected by domestic violence and strives to strengthen children’s self-esteem while imparting important lessons regarding self-defense and violence alternatives. In addition, the program seeks to emphasize that children should not blame themselves for the violence occurring in their homes. Designed to serve as a safe and secure place away from the stress associated with abusive homes, the program promotes healing and quality time with loved ones.
Services offered by the program include individual and group counseling sessions for children, as well as the interactive Mom & Kids Group for mothers and children. Family Shelter Service also engages mothers and encourages them to participate in the program to obtain vital resources and information. The center’s staff help mothers understand the effects of domestic violence on children and provides assistance in finding personal strengths, improving parenting and communication skills, and developing goals for the future.