Resilience News & Events

Volunteer Spotlight: Alicia Babich

What do you do with Resilience? I’m a Volunteer Medical Advocate and Mentor to the August 2018 Volunteer Class

Pronouns: She, her, hers

What do you do outside of volunteering? Outside of volunteering, I get to manage the Sales Training & Development department at Groupon, who are 8 amazing people between our Chicago and Phoenix offices. I also love my PS4, running, biking, baking, and dancing.

What is one thing you couldn’t live without? It’s a tie between earbuds and the Gilmore Girls box set. It’s a rare time in my life outside of work when I’m not listening to music or reruns of the series instead. Those women give me life.

What do you wish every survivor could hear? When all of this is over, I’ll still be here, and so will you.

In what ways has sexual assault and crisis intervention training impacted the way you engage with your community? The Resilience community is full of inclusive, patient, warm, observant, accepting, intentional people. Sexual assault and crisis intervention training has brought me  to them. They create space for dialogue, they elevate dialogue, they manage conflict, they manage relationships. Resilience makes me a better person for every other person I get to know.


Thinking about becoming a Resilience Volunteer? Find out more here.

Take a look inside our rebrand.

After 44 years as Rape Victim Advocates (RVA), we saw the need for our name and messaging to better reflect our organization’s breadth of services — from our trauma therapy programs, to our work in medical and legal advocacy, to our prevention education. After months of brand exploration, research and interviews with board members, survivors, and others close to the organization, we are thrilled to come to this new name we feel embodies the future of our organization.

Why a new name change? Why rebrand?

Through rebranding, our objectives are to refine our purpose, expand our visibility in the community and enlarge our vision of tomorrow, all to advance our ultimate goal – empower survivors and end sexual violence. Our rebrand will serve as a catalyst to breathe new life into our steadfast commitment to this goal.

  • RVA has come a long way in 44 years, when our original agenda was to believe and be present for survivors we met in hospital emergency rooms.
  • Today, our services have expanded to address the entire spectrum of sexual violence, from crisis intervention, advocacy and counseling, to prevention education, public awareness and to have impact on public policy.
  • We wanted our brand to encompass the full impact of who we are.

What was the process to decide to rebrand? Continue reading “Take a look inside our rebrand.” »

Crain’s Chicago: This nonprofit changed its name, and its fortunes

Reselience’s rebranding has been featured in a Craine’s Chicago Business article. Lisa Bertagnoli spoke with Executive Director Erin Walton and rebranding partner Substance’s Matthew Brett.

A local rape crisis group rebranded, taking on a new identity to avoid loaded trigger words. They say the move has paid off.

Continue reading “Crain’s Chicago: This nonprofit changed its name, and its fortunes” »

Press Release: Prominent Chicago Organization Rape Victim Advocates Rebrands as Resilience

The rebrand will capture the organization’s breadth of services from empowering survivors to ending sexual violence

CHICAGOAug. 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Chicago-based nonprofit Rape Victim Advocates announced today its rebrand and name change to Resilience. Continue reading “Press Release: Prominent Chicago Organization Rape Victim Advocates Rebrands as Resilience” »

Survey Shows Urgent Need for OurMusicMyBody Efforts to Make Chicago Music Scene Safe for All

Between Friends and Rape Victim Advocates (RVA) are continuing an urgent collaborative campaign for the third summer to make music experiences in Chicago safer for thousands of attendees at Chicago concerts and festivals in response to alarming new information on harassment and violence in those spaces. Continue reading “Survey Shows Urgent Need for OurMusicMyBody Efforts to Make Chicago Music Scene Safe for All” »