WINGS began in 1985 as a grassroots organization by members of a local church.Their desire was to help homeless women and children in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, an area with few resources for these families. The program was called HASP, Housing and Shelter Program, and began interviewing homeless individuals about their living situations.
Over the progression of the first years of the organization, the leaders of HASP learned that female-headed families were a rapidly increasing segment of the homeless population in the Chicago suburbs. The organization changed its name to WINGS and enhanced its mission to specifically focus its commitment to survivors of domestic violence.
What We Do
WINGS is now one of the largest domestic violence service and housing providers in the state of Illinois. Single women and women with children are able to receive temporary safe shelter through WINGS housing.Staff provides one-on-one, individualized assistance that allows women to set personal goals that will enable them to work, continue their education, and care for themselves and their children.
The mission of WINGS Program, Inc. is to provide housing, integrated services, education and advocacy to end domestic violence.
WINGS Program, Inc. will help create a society in which every domestic violence survivor has a voice and the resources to break the cycle of domestic violence.
At WINGS we believe that everyone has the potential and strength to overcome difficult life circumstances and to accomplish goals that will lead to an enhanced quality of life. WINGS is committed to treating each woman and child in a respectful and compassionate manner while valuing the unique qualities and needs of each family.