Created by our community
Sheltering Wings owes its existence to a group of volunteers at a local food pantry. These loyal volunteers for the pantry at Cornerstone Christian Church noticed that many of the women who came in for assistance in feeding their families showed signs of abuse.
They wanted to offer help and guidance, but quickly discovered that there were no local shelters for abused women and children. Shelters in Indianapolis and other neighboring cities were struggling to keep up with the demand for their services.
These caring volunteers began an effort to create a local domestic violence shelter. While they may have lacked experience in creating nonprofit organizations, they had a heart for the women and children they hoped to serve. Soon, they had raised $1.4 million, and Hendricks Regional Health agreed to donate a parcel of land in Danville. As they worked on plans for the shelter facility, they also began a clearinghouse for domestic violence issues, taking crisis calls and referring women to resources in the region.
In January 2002, Sheltering Wings welcomed its first resident. She walked through the doors of an 11,600-square-foot facility that included 11 family units. Each had a private shower/tub, four beds, and a walk-in closet. Sadly, it didn’t take very long for all of the units to have residents.
As the communities we serve grew, the need for our services did, too. Our board made the difficult and courageous decision to launch a capital campaign that would fund a major expansion. In early 2013, we completed that work, becoming a 37,000-square-foot facility with 68 beds.
Volunteers continue to play crucial roles in our success. Today, support from more than 115 churches, 71 civic organizations, 329 businesses, 25 schools, 36 foundations and more than 1,200 individual contributors ensures that we can offer safety, hope, and Christ’s love to women and their children.
As you read this, dozens of women and children are safe within our walls, thanks to a small group of volunteers who recognized a need, and thousands of other people like you who continue to serve and support Christ’s love through a place called Sheltering Wings.