For nearly fifteen years, we have been changing and saving the lives of women and children at Sheltering Wings, a domestic violence shelter serving Hendricks County and surrounding areas. But we could not have had that impact alone. Sheltering Wings has been carried on the wings of community compassion and giving through the years, often through ‘random acts of kindness.’
We want to celebrate that spirit of giving across Central Indiana throughout our 15th anniversary. As a way of thanking our community for its support, Sheltering Wings encouraged people to “Pay it Forward” on January 12, the day we first opened our doors in 2002, by performing random acts of kindness for others. “Even small acts like complimenting a stranger or holding the door open for someone can have a big impact,” explains Executive Director Cassie Martin. “There are so many ways to share our blessings with others.”
So, what happens when communities spread kindness? They help transform lives. Since Sheltering Wings welcomed its first resident on January 12, 2002, the shelter has housed more than 1,600 women and 1,800 children. “Providing safe housing is only one part of our mission,” Martin notes. “In that time, we’ve also handled more than 16,000 crisis calls and educated more than 200,000 people in the community about domestic violence and what they can do to help us protect people.”
Besides providing safe housing for victims of domestic violence, Sheltering Wings helps women prepare to return to safe, abuse-free lives. “We’ve helped women receive high school equivalency diplomas, find jobs, save for a home, work through anger and grief, create a safety plan, learn how to create and maintain a budget, become more effective parents, secure transportation, learn about Christ, and find hope and healing,” says Martin. “We’ve been a listening ear, a guide in the midst of troubling times, a shoulder to cry on, a safe place to vent, and their biggest cheerleaders.”
Sheltering Wings also has compelling personal stories of the impact of community kindness on the women and children we serve. Please contact us if you have interest in interviews.
Providing safety and a brighter future
Since Sheltering Wings Center for Women opened our doors in 2002, we have helped more than 13,000 individuals and families who were dealing with domestic violence.
- We provide a safe, 24-hour haven for women and their dependent children suffering the effects of domestic violence.
- We help victims of domestic violence build stable and independent lives through case management and mentoring programs.
- We address the physical and emotional needs of children who have witnessed or suffered abuse through crisis intervention, positive support, and education in healthy relationships.
- We strive to break the cycle of domestic violence by educating our community on its realities, actions they can take in response and resources available to those in unhealthy relationships.
Sheltering Wings was formed in the name and for the sake of Jesus Christ. We will extend the love and compassion of Christ to women and their children in the desperate circumstances of domestic violence. Christ was never coercive or offensive and neither are our services. Our assistance will be offered in the name of Christ to any victim of any background.
Sheltering Wings provides emergency housing for women and children suffering from any form of domestic abuse. We build stable and independent lives through essential programs offered in a supportive and Christ-centered environment.
OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES
The Board of Directors of Sheltering Wings believes that in order to ensure the consistency of Sheltering Wings’ Christ-centered vision and mission, it is important to codify the principles under which the board, management, and all employees of Sheltering Wings operate:
We acknowledge that God is the owner and sustainer of the shelter, and that the families we are serving are His children.
We rely on the Bible for guidance and direction on all matters and commit to adhering to Biblical principles when making all decisions.
We interact with all board members, employees, volunteers, contractors, business associates, supporters, detractors and those we serve, professionally, respectfully and courteously.
We follow and imitate Christ’s example of love and compassion in every interaction we have with those in crisis or in residence, serving them as though we are serving the Lord.