At Mutual Ground, we believe everyone has the right to live without fear, oppression, abuse, and violence.
A healthy and safe community where everyone reaches their full potential.
To empower individuals, families, and communities to eliminate domestic and sexual violence and the harms of substance use through education, awareness, and life-changing services.
At Mutual Ground, we define Excellence as exceeding the expectations of clients, stakeholders and our community.
At Mutual Ground, we define Integrity as acting in a moral or ethical manner regardless of circumstances.
At Mutual Ground, we define Respect as fair, thoughtful and dignified treatment of others.
At Mutual Ground, we define Empathy as the experience of understanding another person's condition from their perspective.
At Mutual Ground, we define Community as a dedication to meeting the needs of individuals, families and groups in our service area and beyond.
The Women’s Development Council meets at Waubonsee Community College and begins the ideation and creation of Mutual Ground
Mutual Ground is incorporated as a 501(c)3 and counseling and advocacy services for victims of domestic violence begin
Mutual Ground’s first shelter opens in Aurora
Counseling and advocacy services for victims of sexual violence begin
First property is purchased on Lake Street in Aurora with the ability to shelter to fourteen clients
Prevention Education programming is offered in local schools
The Edna Smith Home on Oak Avenue is purchased to centralize services at one location and more than double shelter capacity
Executive Director, Linda Healy, retires after 23 years and is succeeded by the current Executive Director, Michelle Meyer
Satellite counseling office opens in Batavia
Satellite legal advocacy office opens at the Kendall County Courthouse
Satellite counseling office opens in Yorkville
Partnership with Hesed House provides victim services at the Hesed Comprehensive Homeless Resource Center
Property renovations accommodate growth in services and addition of new staff
Board of Directors and Staff undergo a rigorous strategic planning process and create a five-year Strategic Plan
Mutual Ground participates in the establishment of the Kendall County Domestic Violence Response Team (DVRT)
Breaking Free merges with Mutual Ground