Message From the Executive Director

Dear Friend,

June is a month of celebrating history, diversity, and the resilience in all of us that transcends our differences. We begin with taking time to celebrate Pride. We are proud to support survivors of all sexualities and gender expressions. We also honor Juneteenth this week. Our offices will be closed this Friday, to celebrate June 19, 1865, the day enslaved people in Texas learned they were finally free, two and half years after the Emancipation Proclamation officially outlawed slavery. As we continue our pursuit toward equity for all, we take time to remember and honor how far we’ve come together. I hope you’ll join us in the celebration of this month and beyond.

Enjoy the start of this summer and the new beginnings it brings.


Erin Walton
Executive Director


Support Resilience's Year End Appeal

We have just two weeks left of our fiscal year. This past year, our community has shown up for us in so many new ways. From virtual events and redesigned programming, we appreciate your nonstop support. This year has been different than any other in our history and it's shifted our current fundraising needs. Can you make a gift today to Resilience and help us connect with as many individuals and communities as possible? We are less than $10,000 away from our fiscal year goal with just two weeks left to give. Your contribution will make a difference.

When you give to Resilience, you give directly to survivors in trauma therapy, survivors seeking legal or medical advocacy, students and professionals who receive our training education, and many more who are part of the fight to end sexual violence. To continue these free critical services for survivors, we need your help. Our supporters bring our mission to life and for that, we are eternally grateful.


Meet Tom Andreesen, 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 partners, clients, staff, volunteers, and supporters. It is more important now than ever to embrace and celebrate what connects us: our resilience. This month, we're proudly shining a spotlight on Tom Andreesen, President of Resilience's Board of Directors. Tom ends his 7-year tenure this month. Resilience sends our gratitude to Tom for his years of service!


Resilience Awarded $100,000 Grant from Impact Grants Chicago

We are incredibly honored and excited to share that Resilience is one of four finalists that received a $100,000 grant from Impact Grants Chicago. 140 incredible non-profits applied and eight made it to the final round. We are so grateful to Impact Grants Chicago for recognizing the importance of Resilience’s mission among so many other important and accomplished organizations. We extend a huge thank you to Impact Grants Chicago for selecting Resilience as a recipient and for all that they do for nonprofits in Chicago.


Resilience welcomes new board member, Kate Migon!

Resilience is thrilled to welcome Kate Migon as the newest member of our Board of Directors! Kate is the Head of Strategic Partnerships at Uptake, an AI-based industrial intelligence company, where she has built the alliances framework and ecosystem across industrial markets including transportation, energy, mining, and manufacturing to align with corporate strategy. Prior to Uptake, Kate led the Automotive & Mobility Americas team at Gemalto, now part of Thales, driving cybersecurity, data privacy, connectivity and data monetization to the passenger car and mobility markets after spending a few years in the IOT space. With over 15 years of experience in building and growing markets within the technology sector, she brings a blended view of strategic planning and execution, with a consistent eye on growth and future technology. Kate has a B.S. in International Business and German. She adds to her volunteer experience with CASA of Cook County and as a mentor for women in tech. Here's what Kate had to say about why she joined Resilience's Board of Directors:

"I'm very passionate about supporting women, children, and family issues. Sexual violence is more prevalent than we might think and it can touch many people in our lives - our friends, our siblings, our parents, or our children. It is so important to educate the community to end this cycle of trauma and provide treatment to all who are affected by it. Having experienced how such an event can significantly affect the survivor, and also the loved ones, I wanted to give back my time and skillset to further this important mission."

Welcome, Kate! We are honored to have you as a part of our Board of Directors. Learn more about our board here.


Congratulations to Resilience's Associate Board!

We are so proud to announce that Resilience's Associate Board won the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network Associate Board of the Year Award! Since launching in July 2019, the Associate Board has raised more than $73,000 for Resilience and its mission to support survivors and end sexual violence. The Associate Board has helped cultivate new corporate partnerships, such as Groupon, Pure Storage, Romanucci & Blandin, Sprout Social, and Pono Design Studio.

The Associate Board is always welcoming new members and recruiting to its committees - as well as its newly minted Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Council. The Associate Board is a great 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! Learn more here.


What Happens If I Go to the ER After a Sexual Assault?

The aftermath of sexual violence can be overwhelming. Mariá Balata, Resilience's Director of Advocacy Services, helped Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE) put together a guide to what to expect if you choose to seek medical care at the emergency room after a sexual assault. Whether you have questions about police presence, cost, or the forensic exam, the guide can help you feel more informed and in control during a stressful time.


Join Our Music My Body for Making Spaces Safer at DIY Venues 

Shawna Potter of War On Women and Maggie Arthur of Our Music My Body will be providing instructions on how to recognize identity-based harassment and violence in music spaces and addressing some unique challenges that arise for DIY music venues. The webinar will be one hour with a 30 minute Q&A after. This event is held in partnership with UMAW Chicago.

When: Thursday, June 24, 2021 at 2:00PM (CST) via Zoom
Zoom meeting link and passcode will be shared the day of the event.


Call for Volunteers

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 Monday, July 19 and applications will be due Wednesday, June 23.

Congratulations to our newest class of 28 volunteers who graduated at the end of May. We can't do this work without you. Thank you!


Virtual 40 Hour Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention Training

July 12, 13, 15, 19, 20, 22, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. via Zoom

Participants will obtain foundational knowledge of sexual violence and rape culture and its impact on those whom experience this type of victimization. Trainees gain basic crisis intervention skills, explore the neurobiology of trauma and learn how to respond appropriately to disclosures. They also learn about the legal and medical remedies available to survivors and explore how sexual violence impacts unique groups of survivors. The training concludes with an emphasis on vicarious trauma and self-care and empowers trainees with the resources that they may need to share with survivors in their communities.


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

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