Last year, Guardian Angel Community Services (GACS) was awarded its first grant through the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in partnership with local Will County Continuum of Care.
This was to expand transitional housing services for survivors of domestic violence through its Suzy's Caring Place program.
Just last week, HUD notified Guardian Angel of a grant renewal award in the amount of $126,929, and then recently, HUD announced the organization would be receiving another new funding award of $220,756.
Victims need more time to rebuild their lives beyond emergency shelter stay, and this funding will make that possible for many more families
Guardian Angel has been helping victims of domestic violence for over 35 years through 24 hour emergency shelter and hotline services, crisis intervention, legal/medical advocacy and counseling services.
"Over the last 10 years, GACS emergency domestic violence hotline calls have increased by nearly 200 percent and since the year 2000, its has experienced a 289 percent increase in the number of shelter nights provided, from 3,230 nights to 12,544," Ines Kutlesa, chief executive officer of GACS, said in a news release.
"Groundwork and Suzy's Caring Place work hand in hand to meet the immediate and long terms needs of victims and their families. We are grateful to all of our supporters who help us advocate for peace, justice and to help ensure everyone's inalienable human right to live safely, free from violence, oppression and abuse."
For more information on the programs and services offered through Guardian Angel, visit gacsprograms.org.