Free to Fly

June 2019 View more

On Saturday, April 27, at Bobak’s Signature Events in Woodridge, the drama of the Golden Age of Hollywood enchanted 300 attendees as funds were raised in support of neighbors, coworkers, friends, and family who seek safety and support while escaping abusive relationships.
The annual fundraiser for Family Shelter Service of Metropolitan Family Services DuPage was held following the April 1 merger of DuPage County’s only comprehensive domestic violence services and emergency shelter provider—Family Shelter Service—with Metropolitan Family Services DuPage, the county’s largest provider of comprehensive community services.

“This partnership helps us better fulfill our promise to provide faster, greater, equal access to domestic violence services,” says executive director Judie Caribeaux, “so clients and this community can thrive, not just survive. We are able to reduce administrative costs and use those savings to expand programs. This model of providing integrated care for victims of domestic violence is revolutionary.”

Visit to volunteer or get more information. Those seeking help can call the 24/7 hotline at 630.469.5650.—MD

Photos by Jeff Balsewicz