As an organization dedicated to the healing of survivors and their loved ones, we are prioritizing the health and safety of everyone in our community as we make decisions about how to best proceed with our programs and events. We are continuing to monitor the spread of COVID-19, and we are checking for new information and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, City of Chicago, and State of Illinois on a daily basis. Please read our latest updates below:

UPDATE AS OF 4/3/20

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UPDATE AS OF 4/2/20

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UPDATE AS OF 4/1/20

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UPDATE AS OF 3/31/20

  • In light of Governor Pritzker’s extension of the stay at home order for the state of Illinois, Resilience offices will remain closed through April 30 and until further notice. We will continue to provide services remotely. If you have questions, please call your advocate or therapist or call the office at 312-443-9603.

UPDATE AS OF 3/30/20

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UPDATE AS OF 3/29/20

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UPDATE AS OF 3/28/20

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UPDATE AS OF 3/27/20

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UPDATE AS OF 3/26/20

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UPDATE AS OF 3/25/20

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UPDATE AS OF 3/24/20

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UPDATE AS OF 3/23/20

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UPDATE AS OF 3/22/20

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UPDATE AS OF 3/21/20

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UPDATE AS OF 3/20/20

  • In light of Governor Pritzker’s announcement regarding a stay at home order for the state of Illinois, Resilience offices will remain closed until further notice. We will continue to provide services remotely. If you have questions, please call your advocate or therapist or call the office at 312-443-9603.
  • We will be suspending all in-person medical advocacy services. Effective immediately, our staff will be offering remote advocacy by phone to survivors in the hospital and making sure survivors are connected with follow-up services if they choose.

UPDATE AS OF 3/19/20

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UPDATE AS OF 3/18/20

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UPDATE AS OF 3/17/20

  • We have suspended our response to the domestic violence courthouse located at 555 W Harrison. We continue to provide legal advocacy remotely and in police stations and within other systems.

UPDATE AS OF 3/16/20

  • Resilience offices will remain closed to staff and visitors through March 31. Our hope is to re-open on April 1. We will continue to provide services remotely during this time. We are providing in-person services on a case-by-case basis. For more information, please contact your advocate or therapist or call the office at (312) 443-9603.
  • We are continuing to provide individual trauma therapy services remotely. All support groups, including Drop-In Group, are cancelled. If you have questions, please contact your therapist or call the office at (312) 443-9603.
  • For now, we will continue to work with our hospital partners and provide support to survivors who are in need of our services while in the ER. Additionally, while many criminal and civil cases in the Circuit Court of Cook County are postponed for a 30 day period, Resilience will continue to be available for survivors who may need to petition for emergency orders of protection at the domestic violence courthouse located at 555 W Harrison. We will also be available to provide legal advocacy in police stations and within other systems. If you have questions, please call your advocate or the office at (312) 443-9603.
  • Resilience will not be providing sexual violence prevention education to Chicago schools at this time. All trainings and workshops are postponed.
  • More details regarding our annual Evening of Impact event will be available soon.
  • All upcoming in-person events for Sexual Assault Awareness Month, including Standing Silent Witness, are cancelled. Please check for more information about any events taking place virtually on our website.

UPDATE AS OF 3/15/20

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UPDATE AS OF 3/14/20

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UPDATE AS OF 3/13/20

  • Resilience services will continue so that survivors receive support. This means that we will continue to respond to our partner hospitals and serve survivors in emergency rooms. Our Medical Advocacy Coordinator is collaborating with our partner hospitals to gather information about their quarantine procedures to ensure the safety of our advocates. If Resilience offices close as a preventative measure, we will continue to respond to hospitals and we will keep our advocates informed of any changes in protocol. We will take all necessary precautions as advised by the Chicago Department of Public Health.
  • Drop-In Support Group has been canceled. If you should need support or have questions about this, please contact Japhie Niver, Trauma Intervention Specialist, at jniver@ourresilience.org.
  • Safety is Survivor-Defined: Exploring Safety Planning with Survivors of Domestic Violence has been postponed. If you have questions, please contact Candice Tindell, Training & Outreach Coordinator, at ctindell@ourresilience.org.

Should any of our previously scheduled plans for our programs and events change, we will send updates to our entire community via email, our website, and our social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn @ResilienceChi. Please be sure to follow these accounts and our website for updates. We are also creating a preparedness plan in the event that our programming is compromised, and we will keep our community updated as needed.

Please make your personal health and safety your highest priority. If you have cold or flu-like symptoms such as a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, or if you have been in close contact with someone known to have COVID-19 or have recently traveled to or from an area with an ongoing spread of COVID-19, we ask that you help prevent further spreading. Please seek medical advice and take care of yourself.

SELF-CARE RESOURCES

  • Gratitude: Create a cozy space for yourself out of as many pillows and blankets you can collect (maybe even try creating a blanket fort if you have the patience). Light a candle, diffuse essential oils, or spritz the area with your favorite perfume. Bring some paper and something to write or draw with into your space. Begin to take in the environment around you and open yourself to notice what you already have. Write down or draw the physical/material world items you are grateful for, some suggestions include creating a gratitude wheel with words as the spokes, or drawing within a mandala or circle. Invite the emotions to move through you as you write/draw the relationships you are grateful for, noting the experiences and memories you share with those you love. Give yourself permission to take your time, pausing to thank any challenging memories for their lessons before returning to the present moment by regrounding into your comfortable space. Turn your attention towards yourself and begin to reflect on your uniqueness of being. Express gratitude for your interests, creations, and ways of moving through the world. Add any other areas of abundance to your paper and maybe practice reading them aloud to yourself or a loved one in person or on the phone. You can either fold the paper to keep in a wallet or decide to hand it somewhere in your space as a reminder to practice appreciation.
  • Mindful Movement: Allow your body to move, breathe, or stretch in a way that you may already practice regularly. As you move, focus your attention on the physical action of your body, reflecting on some questions: what body part(s) am I moving? How are my muscles engaging or disengaging? Without judgement, invite your awareness to pick up on any sensory signals, observing sensations as they speak to you, whether loud, soft, or maybe even silent. Invite curiosity, exploring and hanging out in the movements that offer comfort, relaxation, and ease. Notice your energy level, and make any adjustments such as inviting more movement or enjoying the benefits of stillness.
  • Journaling guide and supportive Resources: https://mcusercontent.com/e28fa2345a53d60444d6bad03/files/98661f52-901c-4369-9eb6-4dfce34314bd/covid19guide.pdf
  • 15 ways to practice self-care during the pandemic: https://qz.com/1818622/how-to-practice-self-care-during-coronavirus/
  • Self-care strategies: https://www.verywellmind.com/self-care-strategies-overall-stress-reduction-3144729
  • Self Care vs Self Comfort Worksheets
  • 50 No-Excuse Ways to Take a Break
  • Great free yoga channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/yogawithadriene
  • Progressive muscle relaxation: https://www.youtube.com/user/yogawithadriene

MORE RESOURCES