For years, Codilis and Associates has been making charitable donations to the Illinois-based Family Shelter Service. In April 2016, Codilis and Associates sponsored the Family Shelter Service Annual Gala as the organization celebrated its 40th year of helping those affected by domestic violence.
When Family Shelter Service was founded in 1976, the organization’s goal was to help the growing number of people who were homeless in DuPage County. Founders soon realized that many women and children were on the streets because they were victims of domestic violence. The service started a hotline, and then opened a network of safe houses.
Today Family Shelter Service teaches classes for victims of domestic violence, and offers them a safe place to share their stories. Participants can receive counseling, and may sign up for services to help them find housing, childcare, and food pantries. Family Shelter Service also has programs to teach the entire community about the effects of domestic violence, including one specifically for children who have suffered from abuse.
Find out how to get help or to volunteer at www.familyshelterservice.org.