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April 2018
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On Thursday, May 10th, at 8:00 a.m., Sarah’s Inn’s Together We Inspire: Create Communities Free of Gender-Based Violence educational breakfast forum will connect experts with corporate, business and civic leaders, addressing gender-based violence and providing tools and resources to drive progress for safer workplaces and communities. In addition, Sarah’s Inn will Honor Mary Jo Schuler with the We Inspire Leadership Award.

Michele Weldon, Event Host/Moderator
Award-winning journalist and author, emerita faculty in journalism at Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism, and Director of the Northwestern Public Voices Fellowship for the OpEd Project
Expert Panel:
Kristie Paskvan, Senior Advisor and Board Director, Mesirow Financial and Founder, Chicago Says No More

Charlie Stoops, PhD, LCSW, Associate Professor, Dominican University School of Social Work and Co-Founder, Center for Advancing Domestic Peace
Gail Stern, PhD, Co-Founder and Chief Visionary Officer, Catharsis Productions, and Co-Author of the non-stranger rape prevention program Sex Signals
Presenting Sponsor: KeHE Distributors
Gold Sponsors: Community Bank of Oak Park and River Forest
Edward-Elmhurst Health
Silver Sponsor: Aria Group Architects
 Bronze Sponsors: Capital Strategies, Dominican University and Nye Partners in Women's Health 
Click here for Tickets and Sponsorships

Inn the Schools

Youth Committee hosts relationship violence movie screening

Sarah's Inn's Prevention team and Youth Committee, in partnership with Oak Park and River Forest High School, hosted a screening of the One Love Foundation film, Escalation, on March 21st. The film chronicles a college couple's romantic relationship, illustrating how some unhealthy behaviors can escalate into abuse.  Students, parents, educators and community members participated in post-screening discussions hosted by Youth Committee members, OneLove Foundation Midwest Engagement Coordinator Emily Lloyd, Sarah's Inn Executive Director Carol Gall, Prevention Educator Hope Brock and Prevention Program Supervisor Chidori Lively. To learn more about the Sarah's Inn Youth Committee or our Together Strong Project school-based prevention programs, contact Chidori Lively at (708) 386-3305 x 1027, or at  (pictured below on left, Youth Committee member Jaycie Risch, Chidori Lively, Emily Lloyd, and Youth Committee member Emily Wunsch, on right - Youth Committee member Sammy Gotti, Hope Brock, Carol Gall, Youth Committee member Sydney Rayburn, and Emily Lloyd)
Inn the Community

Rotary Club of Oak Park and River Forest 

The Rotary Club of Oak Park and River Forest is one of our fabulous community partners whose support helps Sarah's Inn make a huge impact throughout the year! By focusing their grant support on domestic violence initiatives over the past year, Sarah's Inn has been able to work with The Huskie Wrestling Family on prevention education and community service projects, and Rotarians have provided delicious food and volunteer support for our monthly client Meal Makers dinners. 

Pictured on left: Rotary Club members Jack Kennelly, Christine Baissac-Hayden, Bill Planek, Iris Saavedra-Zaldivar, Ruth McLaren, Cathy Yen and Jimmy DeMay.
On right: OPRF Varsity Westling team surrounded by the food and supplies they collected at "Sarah's Inn Night" home meet versus York. 
Sarah's Inn provides training for Cicero Police
Sarah's Inn provided Trauma Informed Police training to over 120 officers and command staff at the Cicero Police Department, in partnership with the Cicero Community Collaborative, United Way, Youth Crossroads, and the Health and Medicine Policy Research Group. Participants learned about different types and signs of trauma, with specific attention placed on domestic violence, to better support and help community members, fellow officers and themselves.

For more information about domestic violence trainings, contact Colleen Sutkus at or 708-386-3305 x 1026.
Innspiring Support
Our thanks to our recent In-Kind supporters:
Ten Thousand Villages Oak Park - International Women's Day Donation Drive (pictured above, Denise Walsh, Ten Thousand Villages Board member, Clare Leavitt, Ten Thousand Villages store manager, Colleen Sutkus, Sarah's Inn's Training and Education Director, Sheryl Martin, Sarah's Inn Board President)
Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America gift card drive
Berwyn and Windy City Lions Clubs Period Partyfeminine hygiene product donation drive
Oak Park Women's Guild, diaper drive
Women of the Shield, toiletries donation drive
Boy Scout Troop 20, in-kind donations for Meal Makers program
Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church, children's counseling program art supplies
Special Thanks to Reeg Plumbing for donated services
Get Innvolved

Crisis Line Volunteers - We are accepting applications for Crisis Line Volunteers.   Our volunteers go through a 40-hour domestic violence training, and then are able to volunteer on our crisis line to help our clients and community.  Once trained, volunteers can select convenient times and dates to volunteer, and can answer the crisis line from our offices or from home. The next training begins on Tuesday May 29th, and is every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 6-9 pm through Wednesday June 27th, at our office in Oak Park.  Please contact Mark Tisdahl at for more information or for a volunteer application.

Stamp Out Hunger Letter Carriers Food Drive - Saturday, May 12 - Oak Park, River Forest and Forest Park residents can donate items for this food drive, which benefits Sarah's Inn and other area organizations. 

UNCORK Illinois Wine Festival, Downtown Oak Park - Saturday, June 16 -  Volunteer shifts are available between 1:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at this annual wine festival hosted by Downtown Oak Park and benefiting Sarah's Inn.  Individuals, groups and businesses are invited to participate.   Volunteer opportunities are available for high-school and college-age volunteers as well as adults. In addition to helping Sarah's Inn, there are lots of great perks for volunteers! Contact Joanna Skubish at (708)386-3305 x 1022, or

School Supply Drive - Sarah's Inn will distribute school supplies to more than 100 children on August 7. To learn more about donating items, or about how your organization or business can conduct a school supply drive, contact Mark Tisdahl at


Mark Your Calendar

Summer 2018 - Crisis Intervention Advocate Summer Internship available for students with or currently completing a Bachelor's Degree in social work, counseling, or related field.  Interns provide advocacy and direct service to families impacted by domestic violence. Fluency in oral and written Spanish preferred.  To learn more about the position and how to apply, contact Colleen Sutkus, Director of Training and Education,, (708)386-3305 x 1026. 

May 10 - Together We Inspire: Create Communities Free of Gender-Based Violence Educational Breakfast Forum, 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m., Oak Park Country Club.  For information and tickets, go to
June 28 - Cruise for a Cause  - Enjoy a cruise on Lake Michigan and support Sarah's Inn, made possible by the generous support of ChicagoLine Cruises and hosted by Sarah's Inn's Associate Board. For more information contact Joanna Skubish, Development Associate, at (708)386-3305 x 1022 or at
Children's Program Spotlight - Supporting Sarah's Inn
In-Kind donations - The Children's Counseling Program is launching a new project to enhance our counseling spaces with therapeutic books, toys, and gardening tools and accessories.  To learn how you or your organization or business can support this initiative, and receive a copy of the Children's Program Spring Wish List, contact Joanna Skubish at  Sarah's Inn provides free counseling services to children whose lives have been impacted by domestic violence.  Ongoing in-kind donation needs include juice boxes and snacks for counseling groups. 
Inn the News

Survivors of domestic violence who want to change their name might get additional protections under a new Illinois proposal.

Trauma-Informed Training for Chicago-area Police

Domestic abusers: Dangerous for women — and lethal for cops
Sarah's Inn
Sarah's Inn is dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by domestic violence and breaking the cycle of violence for future generations through domestic violence crisis intervention, education and prevention programs.
24-Hour Hotline (708)386-4225
Office (708)386-3305
PO Box 1159
Oak Park, IL 60304

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