Stephenson County gets VOICES shelter for domestic violence survivors πŸ’₯πŸ‘©πŸ’₯

FREEPORT β€” VOICES of Stephenson County serves roughly 700 survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and abuse each year, and they do it all without an emergency shelter.

When the need arises to find a space place for clients, they have to send them to another county.

That will change this fall when the nonprofit opens Stephenson County’s first shelter, located within VOICES’ building on Turner Avenue in Freeport. The facility will soon house temporary living quarters for up to 20 people.

“We know the need is great,” said Kerry Lloyd, VOICES’ services coordinator.

Jennifer Cacciapaglia, a member of the board of directors for the Family Peace Center in Rockford as well as manager of the Mayor’s Office of Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking Prevention, said it’s “critically” important for Stephenson County to have a shelter of its own.

Stephenson County gets VOICES shelter for domestic violence survivors

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