The Road to Independence and Non-violence
January 16, 2020

Categories | Community & Education

The Road to Independence and Non-violence

HOPE of East Central Illinois | Charleston, IL

The mission of HOPE of East Central Illinois is to empower persons to live independent, non-violent lives through the provisions of Housing, Outreach, Prevention, and Education. Their service area includes Coles, Clark, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Moultrie, and Shelby Counties in Illinois. Last year, more than 400 victims of domestic violence and their children received support services from HOPE. 

HOPE is proud to maintain two housing programs: a domestic violence emergency shelter as well as eight transitional housing units. In 2018, victims had access to over 10,832 nights of safe housing. Additionally, they host programs aimed at decreasing violence in the local community. These programs range from children’s summer and after school programming to counseling services, and an expansive outreach, prevention, and educational effort. Their programs are designed to empower victims to lead self-sufficient, safe, and successful lives. 

HOPE also proudly maintains a 24-hour, 7 day a week, 365 day a year toll-free crisis hotline providing support, intervention, information, and referrals to anyone seeking knowledge about domestic violence interventions.

HOPE of East Central Illinois receives funding from County Materials’ annual charity golf outing. To demonstrate the company’s Vision of Success, Stability and Support, County Materials is contributing to organizations that provide services for sexual abuse and domestic assault survivors in communities where the company has locations.

Our Giving in Action

Our funding allows HOPE to provide items or services that are not covered by grant funding. These services may range from purchasing clothing for a victim who comes into the shelter with little more than a suitcase of clothing they gathered in a rush. Other times, it could be purchasing a gas card or train ticket for a victim who for a variety of reasons may be safer at a different emergency shelter and needs assistance getting there. “

Receiving unrestricted funding from a community partner such as County Materials is crucial in our ability to safely meet the needs of our individual clients.” –Kelly Hardy, Executive Director