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January 2018
Triton College partners with River Grove Police Department and Sarah's Inn to target violence against women
Triton College recently received a $300,000 grant from the United States Department of Justice's Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) to implement new programs in partnership with the River Grove Police Department and Sarah's Inn.  Grant funds will support the newly formed Triton College Coordinated Community Response Team (TCCRT), which will implement a mandatory sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence,and stalking prevention program for all incoming Triton Students. Sarah's Inn will train River Grove and Triton College law enforcement personnel as well as other campus employees to help them more effectively respond to sexual assault and domestic-violence related incidents.
Additionally, survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence will have 24-hour access to confidential services and advocacy offered through Sarah's Inn.
"We look forward to the opportunity to share our expertise in domestic violence and dating violence, and to build upon the work we have collaboratively started over the past several years to improve Triton College's response and support systems, and ultimately to help victims and survivors thrive with their community," said Sarah's Inn Executive Director Carol Gall.
Hundreds Served At Sarah's Inn Holiday Gift Project 

On Saturday, December 15, more than 100 clients shopped for toys, books, winter clothes, pajamas and shoes for nearly 300 children served by Sarah's Inn.  The annual Holiday Gift Project was a day filled with gifts, refreshments, entertainment and holiday crafts.  Volunteer supporters included the Sarah's Inn Board, Associate Board, and volunteer groups including Tau Xi Zeta  Alumnae ChapterZeta Phi Beta Sorority, Alpha Alpha Alumnae Chapter, Alpha Chi Omega Sorority, West Suburban Bar Association and many others.
Donations poured in from supporters including The McGaffer's Saloon's Christmas for A Cause event in partnership with the Oak Park Police Department, The Shoebox ProjectCarter's Children's Clothing,  Scholastic's Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive, the Oak Park Public Library Dole Branch Yarns and Yarns knitting group, Beye and Lincoln Elementary Schools in Oak Park, Willard Elementary School in River Forest and Byrne Elementary School in Chicago. Families enjoyed pizza donated by Lou Malnati's Pizza.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities with Sarah's Inn, contact Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator Mark Tisdahl at (708)386-3305 x 1005.

Sarah's Inn Board Members Ann Schimmel, Teniece Harris and
Linda Conway
Volunteers from the West Suburban Bar Association
Sarah's Inn Board Member
Shirley Moore at the gift wrapping station
 Gifts from The Shoebox Project
 Winter Appeal Card features Ken Reif Artwork
An image of Ken Reif's majestic painting of a tree, an oil on canvas work entitled "Radiate", graces the front of the Sarah's Inn Winter Appeal Card. Ken is a past President of the Oak Park Art League, and exhibits at area arts festivals and businesses. Ken Reif's work can be viewed on, and on Facebook at Ken Reif Artworks. 
"I believe my work is renewable energy for the eyes. 
Sarah's Inn is renewable energy for the community!"
said Ken.
The tree image illustrates a quote about positive growth and change from a participant in Sarah's Inn Perpetrator Abuse Intervention Program (PAIP).  Our PAIP program works with perpetrators of domestic violence to help them learn new skills and alternative patterns of thinking, break down gender role stereotypes, and ultimately prevent future domestic violence in their relationships.  The PAIP Program is one of the wide range of programs and services Sarah's Inn offers to support families impacted by domestic violence.  To hear the full story of the PAIP client in his own words, click here.  
Business Spotlight
Community Bank of Oak Park River Forest

Community Bank of Oak Park River Forest, a year-round supporter of Sarah's Inn, put a fun twist on their Holiday festivities in December.  Employees made donations to Sarah's Inn to participate in their Ugly Holiday Sweater Day. More than $1,000 was raised in one festive day filled with some of the ugliest sweaters in town!

February - Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Follow Sarah's Inn Youth Committee on social media as they post about this year's theme "Healthy Me, Healthy We: A Journey of Self-Love, Positivity, and Strength". Learn and share by following on Facebook at sarahsinnoakpark, and on Instagram @sarahsinnprevention.  

For more information about teen dating and healthy relationships, check out and

March 19, 5:30-8:30 p.m. - A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' After Hours Event at Lagunitas Brewing Company Tickets are $25 in advance, and include food, beer, trivia, raffles and fun. The event is hosted by Sarah's Inn Associate Board.  All proceeds benefit Sarah's Inn's programs. For more information contact Joanna Skubish,

Year-round - Opportunities for community organizations and businesses  - Support Sarah's Inn through in-kind and gift card donation drives, sponsorships and more! To learn more, contact Joanna Skubish at
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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