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About Our Shelter

The Night's Shield is an established 501c3 not-for-profit, private organization. Since opening our doors on August 12, 2009, we have helped over 1200 abused, neglected, or abandoned children of Illinois, ages 0 to 18. On January 3rd, 2018, we started a new program to aid in preventing child abuse, neglect, and abandonment. The Night's Shield Children's Crisis Shelter is a free temporary emergency child care program that provides short-term care for children ages birth to a child's eighteenth birthday while their families are experiencing a severe disruptive crisis, such as domestic violence, parental stress, home crisis/homelessness, legal issues, family medical problem, mental health issues, substance use/abuse, public support/services, job/school issues, or family instability. The Night's Shield Children's Crisis Shelter provides intervention, community based resource referrals, and support to families for their re-stabilization and empowerment.

The goal of the crisis shelter is to support families in times of stress and uncertainty by providing a safe, nurturing environment for children. Night's Shield aims to work in a supportive partnership with families to help them avoid the potential damaging effects that can result from a personal or family crisis. Some families need family stabilization, child abuse prevention, and/or other critical support services. Night's Shield provides voluntary, parent-initiated, short term care for children in an interactive, positive environment. All aspects of a child's development, including physical, social, emotional, and intellectual will be nourished and supported.