1978 to 1990

Our first shelter opened in 1978 on the top floor of a property rented from the 1st Presbyterian Church in Aurora. Funding was precarious, and by 1980 the agency was operating on a $30,000 deficit. The nation’s economy was ailing, which at the family level translated to higher incidences of domestic violence and sexual assault. Fortunately, things turned around and in 1984 Mutual Ground purchased a two-story house on North Lake Street that could serve 14 women and children. Sexual assault services were housed in a separate building on Lincoln Avenue.