Message from the Executive Director

Dear Friend,

I hope you’ve been safely enjoying your summer and fitting in plenty of time to rest and relax. As we begin to wind down from this summer and gear up for the fall, we're making plans for our biggest fundraiser of the year, Evening of Impact, on Wednesday, October 27 from 6:00-9:00 PM at Galleria Marchetti. Our 2021 theme, “A Journey of Resilience,” honors the resilience that we constantly witness survivors embody every single day of their healing journey. We hope Evening of Impact can be a time of healing for those impacted by sexual violence and time for our community to be together, reflect, celebrate and connect through our shared support. You'll find more details below and you can register here. This year, guests will have the choice of attending either in person or virtually. Read on for more about what we’ve been up to this summer and what we’re planning in the weeks ahead.

With Appreciation,

Erin Walton
Executive Director


Join us for Evening of Impact 2021!

You're invited to Resilience's biggest and most celebrated event of the year, our annual Evening of Impact. Join us on Wednesday, October 27 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Galleria Marchetti. This hybrid event will give guests the choice to attend either in person or virtually. Proceeds of Evening of Impact go towards providing our services, which are 100% free for survivors and their loved ones. We look forward to seeing you on October 27!


Remembering Kindra Nelson

Resilience is saddened to share that we lost a colleague, Kindra Nelson, SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) from Mount Sinai, one of our partner hospitals. Kindra dedicated her life to helping survivors and countless people in her career as an emergency room nurse and training new SANEs. Kindra was also the SANE Coordinator for Mount Sinai Hospital Systems, coordinating SANE services at two hospitals, Mount Sinai and Holy Cross Hospital. She was a passionate partner of Resilience, working alongside our Advocacy team, training many Resilience volunteer medical advocates. Her compassion and dedication changed lives and we are incredibly grateful for the time and partnership we had with her. Kindra was a cherished ally in supporting survivors every single day.

Resilience interviewed Kindra last year and she had this to say about working with survivors: “Knowing I did everything possible to reduce retraumatization while collecting the most evidence possible makes me feel better for the survivor. I know I am one of the best people to meet on the worst day of your life.”

The Resilience community mourns alongside Kindra’s loved ones and sends our love and support to any and everyone impacted by this loss.


Meet Lauren Pesa, President of Resilience's Board of Directors

This year, we’re continuing to celebrate the people who make #OurResilience possible and telling the stories of some of our incredible clients, staff, volunteers, and supporters. It is more important now more than ever to embrace and celebrate what connects us: our resilience. This month, we're proudly shining a spotlight on Lauren Pesa. Lauren is President of Resilience's Board of Directors and was recently named Audit & Assurance Partner at Deloitte’s Accounting Advisory & Transformation Services practice. Resilience sends our best wishes and congratulations on this achievement! Read our interview with Lauren by clicking below.


Join us for an Associate Board Happy Hour

Join us for a happy hour hosted by the Resilience Associate Board on Wednesday, August 25, from 6-9 pm at Remedy, located at 1910 N Milwaukee Ave. A portion of proceeds from this event will be donated to Resilience. Bring a friend and enjoy a cocktail for a cause! This event is free to attend. 


Our Music My Body at Lollapalooza!

Thank you to our staff and volunteers for taking the Our Music My Body campaign to Lollapalooza, our first in-person appearance since 2019! Beyond creating a safe(er) space to talk and provide resources at music events, we are happy to be able to connect festivals, venues, and other music adjacent entities with training and policy support around sexual harassment. We connected with over 2,000 music fans and made over 1,500 buttons, each featuring Resilience and Chicago Rape Crisis Hotline resources on the back, thanks to our sponsorship by Busy Beaver Button Company. Interested in getting involved with Our Music My Body? We are currently looking for volunteers! Learn more and apply here.


Become a Volunteer Medical Advocate

Are you interested in becoming a Volunteer Medical Advocate with Resilience? Volunteer medical advocates complete 60 hours of virtual training before signing up to be on-call to hospitals throughout the Chicago area. Volunteers continue to be the backbone of our organization. Our next volunteer training begins on October 18. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The deadline to apply for the Fall 2021 training is September 22. Know someone who might be interested? Forward this email to them!


Join the Resilience Associate Board

Interested in joining a community that's dedicated to ending sexual violence? Resilience is looking for new members to join our Associate Board! The Resilience Associate Board is a dedicated group of young professionals that raise funds, plan and host events, and support Resilience's mission. The Associate Board is an impactful way to give back in the ways best suited to your time, strengths, and interests. It’s also a great way to network and collaborate with some amazing professionals in the Chicago area! Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 

Understanding the Neurobiology of Trauma

Friday, September 17, 2021, 10:00 AM–2:00 PM via Zoom

Cost: Resilience is now offering a sliding scale pricing structure for our specialized trainings.  

This virtual training is designed for a range of professionals who work with survivors of trauma. The content of this training includes: identifying and defining basic functions of the brain, how the brain and the body respond to traumatic events, the influence of traumatic events on memory processes and common emotional and behavioral responses to trauma, and how to work with trauma survivors.

CEUs are available for LCPC and LCSW licenses. Learn more and register below.


We're Hiring!

Resilience is looking for new talent to join our ranks in support of survivors of sexual violence. The following positions are currently open:

To learn more about careers at Resilience, please click here.  


Get connected with Resilience's remote services

Click here to connect with an advocate remotely
Please fill out this form to be contacted by a trauma therapist to schedule or confirm a one-time remote session
Click here to view our COVID-19 resources on our website


Safety planning resources for survivors from Futures Without Violence
Resources about public charge and COVID-19 from Protecting Immigrant Families
What to do if you have COVID-19 symptoms (EnglishSpanishPolish
Tips on Managing Anxiety about COVID-19 (EnglishSpanishPolishSimplified ChineseTagalogArabic)
Tech safety for victims and survivors of domestic violence

180 N. Michigan Ave. Suite 600 | Chicago, Illinois 60601
312-443-9603 |

Follow Us

Having trouble viewing this email? View it in your web browser

Unsubscribe or Manage Your Preferences