Sarah's Inn Community Newsletter-Feb. 2014

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By Sarah's Inn

  • Welcoming Executive Director Carol Gall

It is with much excitement that the Board of Directors announces the next Executive Director of Sarah's Inn. Carol Gall joined Sarah's Inn as Executive Director on January 27, 2014. Carol joined us from her position as Executive Director at Mental Health America of Illinois, a position she held for nine years.  In total, Carol was at MHAI for 15 years, holding previous positions of Director, School & Community Assistance Teams (S.C.A.T.) Project and Director, Development and Special Projects. She has an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a M.A. in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago.

We feel strongly that Carol has the background, skills and passion needed to guide Sarah's Inn into its next chapter. She has spent a significant part of her career working on behalf of non-profits, gaining experience in leadership, program development and management, advocacy, and fundraising. Having a deep commitment to improving the overall health and safety of children, families, and communities, she has significant policy and advocacy experience working on behalf of those suffering with mental and emotional issues.  We have no doubt that she will work effectively with the Board of Directors, the staff, our funders and our partners to accomplish our mission. Carol may be contacted at Sarah's Inn at 708-386-3305 x1034 or cgall@sarahsinn.org.

We look forward to continuing our work with you and are grateful for your support and partnership in our mission.

Sincerely,

Dale Hayes Clarke

Board President

  • Equipping First Responders

Each year, Sarah's Inn provides specialized training about domestic violence to over 100 police officers

From equipping police with information about legal issues to explaining how to interact appropriately with families affected by domestic violence, Sarah's Inn provides training to over 100 police officers annually. So far this year, legal advocates from Sarah's Inn have trained officers in the Berwyn, Oak Park, Brookfield, Bellwood, and Forest Park communities. During the training, officers learn about domestic violence relationships, domestic violence laws, and services at Sarah's Inn.

For Sarah's Inn clients from these communities that interacted with police during a domestic violence incident, over 90 percent indicated that police treated them with respect, offered information about community resources, and connected them with services at Sarah's Inn.

Through community education and specialized training, Sarah's Inn works to improve the local community's ability to understand, prevent, recognize, and stop violence. Thank you for yourdonation support that funds this work. 
One in three adolescents in the United States experiences dating violence, but there is hope when a teen you care about is in an abusive relationship. Call the Sarah's Inn 24-hour crisis line at 708-386-4225 to connect with supportive services for teens and for help with creating a safety plan. Services at Sarah's Inn are free, confidential, and available in English and Spanish.

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Follow this link to learn more.

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