1972

A local group of women known as the Women’s Development Council was concerned about the prevalence of domestic violence. Some experienced it in their lives or saw it destroying their friend’s lives and damaging the fabric of this community as a whole.Read More →

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1975

The idea for a safe haven for victims was born and Mutual Ground was incorporated in August of 1975. The goal of our new agency was to provide emergency shelter for families in crisis and offer 24-hour services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. These services initially included counseling, support and referrals to other agencies.Read More →

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1978 – 1990

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.Read More →

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1990s

1990s 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…Read More →

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