From the Director

You Gave Us Dignity, Friendship and Kindness

You Gave Us Dignity, Friendship and Kindness

Dear Friends, “Thank you for taking care of us, being a warm jacket when we were cold, and showing us the love of Christ through your actions.” You may remember listening in Sunday School to the parables Jesus used to explain important concepts to those around Him. Those parables continue to guide us 2,000 years later, because their messages are so clear and relevant. Take Matthew 25: “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.” When Danette wrote that Sheltering Wings was “a warm jacket when we were cold,” she was expressing a similar message. Yes, Sheltering Wings is a place that provides shelter to women and children who are victims of domestic violence. But for those who share our faith, we’re something more. The services we provide are exactly what Jesus meant when He called upon us to serve those in need. When we embrace those in need and fear, we’re embracing Him. Danette and her three-year-old son stayed with us for just a couple days, but that brief interval was critical for them. We provided protection from their abuser, but she wrote that we gave her more than safety. “You gave us dignity, friendship, and kindness.” Safe from danger, she was able to look at her life and plan for a better way to live. I’m happy to report that she and her son are doing well. We never know how an opportunity to serve God will appear before us, or what form it may... read more
When I Grow Up

When I Grow Up

“When I grow up I want to be a police officer. I want to help people who have been beaten and nail the bad guys who are committing crimes and being violent. ”

Austin is 13, and has called Sheltering Wings home for the past year. When you read his words, your first reaction might be that he is simply lashing out at the man whose abuse he witnessed every day. But sit down across from him, and you’ll quickly realize that isn’t the case.

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“Why do people hurt me? What did I do wrong?”

“Why do people hurt me? What did I do wrong?”

Dear Friends, “In that moment I started questioning my life. Why do people hurt me? What did I do wrong? I felt like I wasn’t good enough for nobody. Not even my kids.” Keandra was just 28 when she decided that she didn’t deserve to keep living. Sexual abuse as a preteen and teenager gave way to domestic abuse as a young adult. She was trapped in a cycle of depending upon men who used and abused her, and her desperation led her to swallow a bottle of pills. Her kids discovered and revived her, but her arrival at Sheltering Wings is what truly saved her life. You see, a safe place for Keandra wasn’t enough. If we simply provided shelter and sent her back on her own, she’d fall into the same cycle. Romans 12:2 calls upon us to “be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Transformation is exactly what Keandra needed. The same is true for most of the women we serve. Our goal is to guide women to independence and self-sufficiency. We help them understand that they truly are worthy of honor, respect, and love. We teach them better ways to contend with the challenges life throws at us. We share more effective ways to be a parent and ensure that the cycle of domestic abuse ends with them. “I now know the meaning of true love, family, and what my God can do for me,” Keandra recently wrote. “Now I know why I didn’t die that day. I’m finally free…” As you celebrate our nation’s independence this month, know that your generous, prayerful support... read more
The True Example Of A Real Man

The True Example Of A Real Man

When we are able to speak Godly love and truth into the lives of those we serve at Sheltering Wings, it is important. When someone well-known speaks Godly love and truth to them, it is inspirational. When a man speaks Godly love and truth into our ladies, it is powerful. Several weeks ago, the men from For King & Country, a group comprised of Australian brothers Joel and Luke who perform Christian rock/pop, visited the shelter prior to their concert at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Many times since, I have reflected on the message they shared with our ladies, “You deserve to be treated with the utmost respect and honor by a man.” -Joel It strikes me how significant it is to hear this message from men. When those that may represent harm, confusion, pain and suffering, instead speak and model love, healing, comfort and peace, it is powerful. It is the intent of every program and service we offer at Sheltering Wings to share the love and compassion of Christ so victims more fully and positively understand their priceless value. I’m not sure there is much more of a higher calling. I’m grateful for every single person who supports Sheltering Wings, but if I may speak directly to the men who partner with us financially or through volunteering and advocating I want to especially thank you. You have a powerful and unique opportunity to help us break the cycle of abuse by not only coming alongside our women, but by also teaching fellow men what healthy, God-honoring love looks like. Thank you for filling that substantial role. I’ll leave... read more

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You hear, O LORD

The coming month is a busy one for us. It’s the one time each year when attention shifts to the problems of domestic violence. We use the month to educate the community about what domestic violence is and how to respond, we provide intervention strategies to individuals and organizations, and we take a closer look at the impact Sheltering Wings has on making life safer for women and their families. This is also a good time to remind ourselves that domestic violence knows no boundaries. It crosses barriers of income, race, religion, and age. When you stop and remember than it affects one in every four families, it means that you know people whose lives are being impacted. When you’re in church on Sunday morning or in a Meet Your Teacher night at your children’s school, look around the room. Some of the women you see contend with some form of abuse every single day. What would you do if one of those women asked you for help? Because you know about Sheltering Wings, I hope that you would encourage her to contact us. We are a resource for the community, and we’re ready to make a  difference in troubled lives. That’s true during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and it’s true all year long! Download the Fall 2013 Newsletter...

We are God’s Fellow Workers

 “We are God’s fellow workers.” I CORINTHIANS 3:9   You already know that Sheltering Wings is here for women and children… You may not be among the 2,500 women and children who have found a safe haven under our roof, but with one in four people affected by domestic violence, you know or will know) someone who needs help. Our friends and family support groups can help you find the right words and actions. We’ve helped local pastors understand what to do when a church member shares her fear. We’ve helped local employers learn that unexplained absences may be a symptom of a problem that needs assistance. When you give your time and treasure to us, you’re providing safety and hope to women and children, but you’re also giving back to your community. The more everyone understands about domestic violence, the better we’ll all be at eradicating it from our communities. Whether you support us for faith, for justice, for love, or for all those and more, we pray that you are richly rewarded for your selfl ess giving, and for joining with us to offer hope in a world that so desperately wants and needs it. Download the Summer 2013 Newsletter...

The Need is Great

12,000+ women & children have called in a crisis. The need is great. 41 women & children currently housed at the shelter. Lives are changing. $2,800/day operates the shelted. We need 31 commitments. Download the Spring 2013...

Casualties of domestic homicide: Children

Within two weeks the lives of countless people have been changed. Two women from different backgrounds were murdered by their husbands.  They both had ties to Hendricks County. The common thread for these women is they left behind children.  Not only have they lost their mother, they have also lost their father.  Their lives will never be the same.  They will never have her to help with homework, to teach them to drive, to watch them as they leave on their first date, to shop for their prom dress, see them graduate, attend their wedding, see their first grandchild born… and the list of firsts goes on.   More than this there is another person in the mix.  An often forgotten person in these tragedies is the caregiver to the children left behind.  Not only are they dealing with the death of their daughter, planning the funeral, digesting the fact that their son-in-law is a killer, going to court to obtain custody, possibly finding a larger home to care of these children, and now becoming not only a grandmother, but also a parent.  I cannot imagine the pain, anger, confusion, stress, and burden they now carry.       As shelter staff each time we hear of a domestic violence homicide we are affected.  The first thing we think about is, was she one of ours?  Did she ever seek help with us or our sister shelters?  Did anyone know of the secrets she held within?  Could we have done more?  When it hits close to home, we go into action.  What can we do to provide support to the caregiver?  You...

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6:30 pm Embracing Empowerment @ Sheltering Wings
Embracing Empowerment @ Sheltering Wings
Mar 1 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Embracing Empowerment @ Sheltering Wings | Sycamore | Illinois | United States
Embracing Empowerment meets every Thursday, 6:30-8:00 pm March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Embracing Empowerment is a support group which is open to residents and community members.  This support group will help victims and survivors gain knowledge[...]
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6:30 pm Sheltering Wings Speaker’s Training @ Sheltering Wings Community Room
Sheltering Wings Speaker’s Training @ Sheltering Wings Community Room
Mar 8 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Sheltering Wings Speaker's Training @ Sheltering Wings Community Room | Danville | Indiana | United States
Sheltering Wings is often called upon to go into the community to talk, inform, and educate various groups.  Each group that requests a speaker usually falls into a specific category, i.e. churches, survivors, businesses, teens,[...]
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6:30 pm Embracing Empowerment @ Sheltering Wings
Embracing Empowerment @ Sheltering Wings
Apr 5 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Embracing Empowerment @ Sheltering Wings | Danville | Indiana | United States
Embracing Empowerment meets every Thursday, 6:30-8:00 pm April 5, 12, 19, 26 Embracing Empowerment is a support group which is open to residents and community members.  This support group will help victims and survivors gain knowledge of[...]