South Suburban Family Shelter (SSFS) has been providing services to families impacted by domestic violence for nearly 40 years. SSFS was formed in 1980 as a direct result of a needs assessment survey conducted in the southern suburbs of Chicago. Graduate students from Governors State University along with representatives of the National Council of Jewish Women South Cook Section and Aunt Martha’s conducted the survey with a broad audience. This survey revealed that there were between 500 and 700 known victims of domestic violence yet no services available for them. Since that time, SSFS has been providing services to support the victim’s efforts to become and remain safe, gain control over their lives and become self-sufficient.
South Suburban Family Shelter has an extensive presence in the community. SSFS staff members are active on numerous committees and associations on the local, regional and state levels. South Suburban Family Shelter has networking agreements with area police departments, other social service agencies, two area hospitals, and one clinic. SSFS regularly works with Prairie State College, South Suburban College, Governors State University and over 20 elementary, junior high schools and high schools.