WINGS, Women In Need Growing Stronger, is an organization devoted to helping women and families that are homeless as a result of domestic violence. Power Construction donated project management services for the WINGS Metro project, the first new shelter in Chicago in more than 10 years. The two-story facility was built in a former 8th District police station. It features 40 shelter beds in a suite-style living arrangement designed for families, and modern amenities such as meeting rooms, a multi-purpose room, computer lab, and lounge. The project also incorporates retail space on the first floor as well as three apartments for extended living. An adjacent private garden was named after Brenda Sexton, a police officer from that district who was killed in her home – a victim of domestic violence. The garden provides a quiet, attractive and peaceful place for residents to relax and reflect while their children play.
Appliances, lighting, and other materials and services were donated by retailers and contractors around the Chicago area. Ujamaa Construction served as general contractor for the project and is coordinating those donations.
WINGS was founded in 1985. Their mission is to provide a continuum of integrated services for victims of domestic violence. These include safety planning, therapeutic and financial counseling, support groups, community referrals, life skills enhancement, career and housing assistance, mentoring and access to food pantries. The WINGS Metro shelter increases the shelter beds available in the City of Chicago by 36%. It is expected to provide services for 100 people in its first year.