The children of A Safe Place enjoyed a magical night recently after word got around the Zion campus about a holiday party with a special visitor. Everyone wanted to know: “Who is this special guest?” When the staff of A Safe Place came to work in Bears gear, the questions were only partly answered.
The families of A Safe Place were surprised to be joined by Ryan Mundy, safety for the Chicago Bears. Ryan has been determined to get involved with the community, and after recent media focus on domestic violence Mundy knew what he wanted to do.
To help make the holidays that much more enjoyable for the families of A Safe Place, he and the Bears bought each client a holiday basket, including a full meal, a family game and a warm blanket.
Before passing out the baskets, Ryan read Twas’ the Night Before Christmas to the children and fielded questions about his life and being a part of the Chicago Bears.
One child said “He’s so big, but he’s so nice!” The Chicago Bears also brought a van-load of gifts for our holiday store and a Bears flag for each of the children. Mundy stayed through the party, taking pictures with smiling clients.
One client said, “The holidays are usually really hard for me because I just can’t afford to buy nice things for my kids. Not only do we get gifts from A Safe Place’s holiday store, but I get to have an experience with my kids that I would never have gotten anywhere else.”
About A Safe Place
Founded in 1980, A Safe Place is the leading advocate for eliminating domestic violence in northern Illinois, and is Lake County, Illinois’ only provider of services exclusively for victims of domestic violence. A Safe Place provides emergency shelter; affordable transitional housing; a 24-hour help line (847-249-4450); court and non-legal advocacy; individual, group, and children’s counseling; family visitation services; batterer intervention services; and community outreach, prevention education, and professional training. Our service area includes Lake, McHenry, and northern Cook counties in Illinois; however, our clients come to us from across the state, region, and country. A Safe Place serves more than 2,500 adult and children victims of domestic violence each year, helping them as they transform their lives after domestic violence.