Incorporated in 1981, Family Rescue has been a leader in the field by consistently providing progressive services to survivors of domestic violence for almost forty years.
Family Rescue is committed to eliminating domestic violence by assisting victims and their children escape the cycle of violence through our comprehensive programming, designed to assist victims and their children in building a successful foundation towards reaching their full potential in a violence-free life. Family Rescue envisions a world where safety and well-being is a shared responsibility within and among families and communities, achieved only when the most vulnerable among us is safe, and a society free of violence is a reality for all.
Family Rescue currently serves survivors throughout the Chicago metropolitan area via these four core programs with a multiplicity of services and linkages. Each program originated by responding to the evolving needs of victims:
When the South Chicago neighborhood was experiencing economic hardship and flux, we were welcomed in to open our shelter, Rosenthal Family Lodge, and we responded with a full-service facility for those in need.
When clients at our emergency shelter said they needed more long-term support to get on their feet after being homeless due to domestic violence, we responded by opening Ridgeland Apartments and Children’s Program to provide a two-year supportive living facility complete with support services and on-site after school program.
Recognizing a need for domestic violence services outside of a residential setting, the Community Outreach Program answered the call. In addition to non-residential counseling and support services, both in their home office and four Chicago Department of Family & Support Services offices, staff members educate our surrounding communities about domestic violence: how to spot it, how to stop it, and how to help others involved in an abusive relationship.
When the Chicago Police Department sent out an urgent plea for help in reaching victims of domestic violence, we responded by opening our Domestic Violence Reduction Unit in Chicago’s 3rd District Police Station to respond to 911 calls alongside trained police officers. While we no longer accompany officers on domestic calls, the Legal Advocacy Program includes the DVRU in the 3rd District Police Station as well as 4th District through the Area South Complex and offices in the Cook County Domestic Violence Court to assist victims with filing Orders of Protections.
Family Rescue has consistently been recognized on many levels for its accomplishments in the field of domestic violence: in 2014 Executive Director Joyce M. Coffee received the Advocate of the Year Award from Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez; 2012 the Center for Advancing Domestic Peace honored Family Rescue with their Community Partner Award; in 2009, Family Rescue’s Legal Advocacy Program was honored with the “Exceptional Service Award” from the Clerk of the Circuit Court’s Office for its work to improve the legal system; in 2007, Khauna Snyder, a Family Rescue Legal Advocate, also received the “Exceptional Service Award” from the Clerk of the Circuit Court’s Office for her work to improve the legal system; in 2005, the Chicago Community Trust honored Family Rescue with the prestigious James Brown IV Award for its exemplary dedication, creativity and outstanding community service; also in 2005, Family Rescue’s Legal Advocacy Program was honored with the Victim Service Award from the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office for outstanding service, and they named the program’s director, Jennifer Greene advocate of the year; in 2000, Family Rescue received the ORBA award for excellence in financial management from the Nonprofit Financial Center, and in 1995, Joyce Coffee, our Executive Director of 33 years, was awarded the National Victim Advocate Award from President Bill Clinton, underscoring the important work of the agency.