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Survivor’s Art Show and Art Auction

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Join us for a “First Fridays” Event at the Santori Public Library as we recognize Sexual Assault Awareness Month and survivors’ healing journey via art, music and performance.

Santori Public Library
101 S. River St., Aurora, IL 60506

April 7, 2017
Art Auction from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Performances at 7:00 p.m.

For more information contact:
Amy J. Medlin at

REV – Rock to End Violence

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

The Law Office Pub & Music Hall 226 S Bridge St Yorkville, IL 60560

The Law Office Music Hall and Mutual Ground proudly present the second show of the Rock to End Violence series featuring Communist Daughter.

If you missed the first show, don’t miss out on this one! This is an incredible band with incredible music. But don’t take our word for it, head over to their Facebook page here and see for yourself!

We’re so proud to have partnered with The Law Office to host this quarterly concert series in an effort to raise awareness about domestic and sexual violence in our community.


Communist Daughter



About Communist Daughter

A few years ago Johnny Solomon was a fixture in the tight knit Twin Cities music scene, forming the angular indie pop band Friends Like These and touring extensively, he received critical praise from far flung sources that looked like the beginning of a promising career. The rising success masked his struggle with addiction and mental health problems, and quickly eclipsed his career, landing him in jail and treatment facilities across the country. By the end of that whirlwind he had retreated to a small town across the border in Wisconsin where he assumed his music days were over.

But when he moved out of the city his demons followed him and he spent his nights writing and recording what he thought would be his eulogy, songs about lost love and lost chances, He recruited some friends to come out and put it all to tape. Calling his new band Communist Daughter, they released their debut album “Soundtrack to the End” in 2010. As they gained national attention Johnny put all of it on hold and checked himself in to rehab one more time.

In 2012 Communist Daughter returned with a clear eyed John, including his now wife Molly Solomon, bassist Adam Switlick, Steven Yasgar on Drums, Al Weiers on guitar and Dillon Marchus on keys. They put out an EP “Lions & Lambs” and began touring the country again and gaining national attention.

By 2014 they had entered the studio to spend the next 2 years crafting their sophomore release. Working with Producer Kevin Bowe (Replacements, Meat Puppets) they recorded in and out of studios trying to capture the deeply personal songs in a much more deliberate style. Going from studio to bedroom to studio again they created an album with 11 songs running the gambit from high peaks to dark lows. They took the finished tracks to Nashville where Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Benjamin Booker) put the final mix together, and then had Heba Kadry (Future Islands, And You Will Know Us…) master the final product in NYC.

2016 will see the release of their highly anticipated sophomore album “The Cracks That Built The Wall.’ And look for a clear eyed Communist Daughter to return to the road for tour dates all over the country.



Food for Thought 2.0 – March 31st

Save the Date

Save the Date

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Please join Mutual Ground for a very special fundraising event. A memorable night of incredible food, live entertainment, raffles, and auctions. Proceeds will support victims of domestic and sexual violence.

Click HERE for sponsorship opportunities!


$125 per person

$1,200 per table of 10


Event Details

Cocktail Hour 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Complimentary Cocktails and Hors D’oeuvres

Fundraising Event 6:30 – 10:30 p.m.

Gourmet Food Stations • Exciting Games of Chance • Live and Silent Auction

Hotel Arista Reservations

For room reservations call Hotel Arista, call 630.579.4100

Special room rate available until 3/15/17

Dress Code

Cocktail attire optional






Internship Opportunities



Looking for an Internship?

Mutual Ground is now accepting resumes!


About Mutual Ground

Located in Aurora, Mutual Ground is the sole provider of comprehensive victim services in Southern Kane and all of Kendall County. Our mission is to provide education, awareness, and life changing services that empower individuals, families, and communities to end the cycle of domestic and sexual violence. All of our services are free, confidential, and offered in both English and Spanish. We work with close to 1,500 clients a year, over 400 of which are children. Established in 1975, we are one of the oldest and largest domestic violence and sexual assault service agencies in the state of Illinois.


Mutual Ground’s Internship Program

The purpose of an internship program at Mutual Ground is to provide an opportunity for students to apply the skills they have learned in the classroom in a professional context. Mutual Ground plays an important role as students begin to transition into to professional roles. This opportunity will benefit both the student and Mutual Ground clients by offering needed services.


Join Our Dedicated Team! Our current internship opportunities include:

Victim Advocacy Internships

Victim advocates provide in person direct services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence at local emergency rooms and law enforcement offices.

Hotline Advocacy Internships

Hotline advocates are integral to our crisis intervention services by answering calls on our 24-hour hotline.

Childcare Internships

Childcare interns assisting with childcare in the shelter is an important and gratifying role that makes a difference in the lives of the children we serve.


Steps to becoming a Mutual Ground intern:

  1. Email resume and cover letter with specific interest to Julie Judd, Director of Volunteer Services, at
  2. Complete an interview & background check
  3. Complete training and orientation
  4. Complete all school internship requirements


**Students interested in a MSW internship can contact Sarah Hipp at



8th Annual Women’s Power Lunch



Mutual Ground and the SHARE Fox Valley Committee is happy to announce that the 8th Annual Women’s Power Lunch presented by Nicor was a huge success! A BIG thank you to those who attend as well as our event sponsors Nicor, Aurora Fastprint, Senator Linda Holmes, Waubonsee Community College, Rush-Copley Medical Center, State Representative Stephanie Kifowit, State Representative Linda Chapa LaVia, First Secure Community Bank, The American Legion Aurora, Cruz Investments, Batavia Enterprises, Inner Harmony Acupuncture, Crime Watch with Chris Hansen, and PTO Services, Inc.


We’d also like to give a special thanks to our speakers Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman, Liz Hartigan Connelly head of Healthcare, Higher Education and Not-For-Profit Commercial Banking at J.P. Morgan and Norma Peterson. Norma Peterson, sister in-law of Stacey Peterson, spoke about the importance of Evidentiary Abuse Affidavits (EAA), an efficient safety tool that privately documents abuse while educating the victim/survivor with strategies of safety as well as assisting prosecutors in pursuing justice. An EAA combines videotaping (of the victims actual words attesting to the abuse) coupled with witnessed and notarized legal documents that successfully satisfy legal hurdles often faced in cases where victims are seriously injured or have gone missing.


Last but certainly not least, we’d like to thank this year’s Women of Power Fannie Morrison. We are so happy and honored to have you on our team here at Mutual Ground. Day after day you continue to amaze us with your faith, generosity and selflessness. We can’t wait until next year’s Women’s Power Lunch!