The need for domestic violence services surged in the early 1990s and Mutual Ground had to turn away hundreds of women and children each year due to lack of bed space. A search began to find a building for everyone who needed a place where the healing could begin. We came upon the Edna Smith Home at the corner of West Park and Oak Avenue in Aurora and immediately saw its many possibilities, including a shelter area that eventually could be doubled.
There were many challenges but we prevailed, and in 1995, following a successful $2.3 million capital campaign, Mutual Ground was able to purchase and renovate the building. After more than 20 years we finally located all of our services together!