Message from the Executive Director

Dear Friend,

As 2021 comes to a close, I’m reflecting on another different yet rewarding year. I’m remembering all the incredible things we were able to accomplish in 2021. It’s flown by between milestones like Sexual Assault Awareness Month, our Celebrating Resilience Luncheon, and more. This fall, our community showed up, celebrated, and supported our mission at our annual Evening of Impact. We had an incredible time and are blown away by the dedication and generosity of our supporters. Last month, we had another successful GivingTuesday, raising over $7,200. Our year-end giving campaign is still underway, which you can learn more about below.

I hope that you have been able to take a moment and pat yourself on the back for all that you’ve accomplished during this precarious year. I am sending you much gratitude this season. Thank you for being a supporter and for all the good you’ve done this year to aid us in empowering survivors and ending sexual violence. Here’s to more joy and growth in 2022!


Erin Walton
Executive Director


Support our year-end giving campaign!

Our year-end giving campaign is happening now! If you didn't get a chance to support us this past GivingTuesday, we hope you'll consider making a gift before the new year. While the holidays can be a joyful time for most, this season can be especially hard for many, including survivors. Your generosity brings our mission to life via Trauma Therapy, Education and Training, and Legal and Medical Advocacy. If you would like to make a donation today, please click the button below. Thank you for the role you play in empowering survivors and ending sexual violence!


Bid in our holiday auction!

We're excited to invite you to participate in our holiday auction - LIVE right now! Visit to view and bid on a variety of items. This auction is just one of many ways to make Resilience a part of your year-end giving. If you would like more information about Resilience's annual giving campaign and how you can participate, please click here. Bid today! The auction closes Friday, December 17.


Thank you for making Evening of Impact a success!

We hosted our annual Evening of Impact this fall, in person for the first time since 2019! We were thrilled to celebrate this hybrid event with our community both in-person and virtually. Resilience was honored to be joined by special guests such as Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton, Visionary Award Winner Jean Cozier, Former Visionary Award Winner Kenyette Tisha Barnes, and Keynote Speaker Dr. Candice Norcott.

Did you see our Evening of Impact 2021 photos? View the Facebook album here.


Associate Board Fundraising Update

The Resilience Associate Board has raised over $31,000 of their $45,000 goal! We are so grateful for all their hard work! Our Associate Board is active and enthusiastic in its support of Resilience’s mission. Members build community with one another, encouraging personal and professional growth and celebrating each other’s achievements. Interested in joining the Associate Board? Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Learn more about the Associate Board here and their three upcoming events this month below!


Meet Steve Leaver

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 Steve Leaver. Steve is the Executive Director of Imagination Theater, a partner of Resilience. Read our interview with Steve below.


Sweat+Flow: 1/2 HIIT + 1/2 Yoga Virtual Fundraiser hosted by the Associate Board

When: Tuesday, December 14 at 6:30 PM Central

Cost: This is a donate-what-you-can class (suggested amount: $5-25)

How: Donate here. After donating, you will receive a confirmation email. The day before the event, you'll receive another email containing information about joining the meeting.

Our instructor Andrea Cameron will lead an hour-long class combining the best mix of movement modalities. We'll begin with 30 minutes of bodyweight HIIT exercises and finish with 30 minutes of vinyasa flow yoga. This class is for all levels and various options for each exercise in HIIT will be provided. An upbeat playlist will accompany the class. You can RSVP to the Facebook event here.

Winter Paint and Sip Fundraiser at Pinot's Palette hosted by the Associate Board

When: Wednesday, December 15, 7-10 PM

Where: Pinot's Palette Logan Square (2768 N Milwaukee Ave)

Cost: $40 per person

Join the Resilience Associate Board at Pinot's Palette in Logan Square for this awesome event! Pinot's Palette will provide everything you need to create a masterpiece while you support Resilience. 50% of ticket sales and 15% of bar proceeds will be donated back to Resilience. Small bites are included in the ticket price. 

COVID precautions: Proof of vaccination required; attendees must be masked unless actively eating or drinking.

Kendra Scott Holiday Shopping Fundraiser hosted by the Associate Board

When: In-person on Sunday, December 19, 1-3 PM. Online on Sunday, December 19 and Monday, December 20

Where: In-person at Kendra Scott Michigan Ave (900 North Michigan Shops) and Southport Ave (3426 N Southport Ave) locations.

The Resilience Associate Board is hosting a Holiday Shopping Fundraiser in partnership with Kendra Scott! Join us in-person to learn more about the Associate Board and enjoy champagne and small bites on Sunday, December 19th from 1-3 PM at their Michigan Ave and Southport Ave locations. You can also shop online using code GIVEBACK-BDSTS at beginning at 12 AM on December 19 until 11:59 PM on December 20. Please mention Resilience or the code for in-store shopping.

20% of purchases during these times will be donated to Resilience!


Virtual 40-Hour Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention Training  

When: January 18, 19, 21, 24, 25, 27, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm via Zoom

Participants will obtain foundational knowledge on sexual violence and rape culture. This training will provide an in-depth examination of how sexual violence impacts individuals, communities, and broader society. LCPC and LCSW CEUs are available. Learn more and register below.

Questions about this training or the Resilience Training Institute? Contact Candice Tindell, Training and Outreach Manager at


Resilience needs your help! Become a Volunteer Medical Advocate

Resilience is looking for our next class of volunteers to train with us this winter. Our Volunteer Medical Advocates provide crisis intervention counseling, nonjudgmental support, and medical and legal advocacy to survivors of sexual violence and their families and friends. Advocates also provide proper referrals and information, as well as one-on-one telephone
follow-up with survivors. Volunteer medical advocates complete 60 hours of virtual training before signing up to be on-call to hospitals throughout the Chicago area. The deadline to apply to our next volunteer training is January 5 and the training begins on January 31.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Know someone who might be interested? Forward this email to them! View our full volunteer position description here. Apply online today!

Congratulations to our newest class of 17 Volunteer Medical Advocates who completed their training this fall! We are so grateful for your work!


Resilience is 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

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Click here to view our COVID-19 resources on our website


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