who we are
Violence is never justified.
Sarah’s Inn was founded in 1980 by a group of concerned women in River Forest and Oak Park, to address a lack of services for victims of domestic violence and their families. The agency has since grown to become one of the largest and most comprehensive domestic violence agencies serving Chicago and 22 surrounding West Cook County suburban communities. The agency currently operates with its hub in Forest Park, and seven off-site locations through partner agencies and area courthouses throughout Chicago and West Cook County.
The mission of Sarah's Inn is to improve the lives of those affected by domestic violence and to break the cycle of violence for future generations.
- Together, we will create communities free of relationship violence.
values & beliefs
value #1:All the work of the agency reflects our mission.
value #2:Teamwork based on trust and respect is an essential part of a supportive and healthy work environment.
value #3:We value innovation, holistic approaches, and partnerships that result in meaningful outcomes.
value #4:We foster a fair and just work environment that promotes professional growth, leadership, and ingenuity.
value #5:We value transparency in leadership and decision-making; and promote whenever possible, cross-program collaboration.
value #6:We value a team who is resourceful, takes leadership and ownership, is open-minded and willing to learn, demonstrates integrity, and respects the history and wisdom that came before.
belief #1:Violence is any attempt to force one’s will onto another person. The use of violence is to establish and maintain power and control.
belief #2:Violence is a learned behavior which is based in beliefs and attitudes. The use of violence is a choice for which one must be held accountable.
belief #3:Anyone can be a victim of domestic violence. To be a victim of violence does not make the individual weak, nor should the individual be faulted by others for being a victim. We believe in and celebrate the strength of the individuals and families we serve.
belief #4:People’s lives are significantly impacted by violence and anyone who has experienced violence has the right to assistance and protection.
belief #5:We all have a responsibility in ending violence.
belief #6:Violence is never justified.
Carol Gall, MA, ICDVPcarolg@sarahsinn.org
Meg Hefty, ICDVP, CPAIPmegh@sarahsinn.org
interim finance and
Training and Education
Chidori Lively, MPHchidoril@sarahsinn.org
board of directors
Patrick McKune, MBA
Marian Sassetti, MD, FAAFP
Lake Street Family Physicians
Vice President, Fund Development
Baird and Warner
Alison Welch, MS
Gregory Wolski, CPA
Retired Partner Ernst & Young
Siva Balu, MBA
Andrea Button, JD
US Small Business Administration
Linda Conway, MSW
Social Worker & Consultant
William “Boomer” McInerney, ASA
The Griffin Group
Shirley Moore, CNM
Jennifer Ricks, SHRM
Kathryn Conway, JD
Wynn Coughlin, LCSW, CADC
University of Chicago
Shaker Recruitment Marketing
Native Center for Behavioral Health
Kin + Carta
Kids Above All
Social Security Adminstration