Greenhouse Shelter

A Domestic Violence Shelter Providing Safe Refuge & Support

Being the first shelter in Chicago, Greenhouse Shelter provides that important safe refuge and support to help victims and their children take those first steps to ending abuse.

Greenhouse Shelter is one of the largest shelters in the city of Chicago.

Open 24-hours a day, 365 days a year, the shelter has 42 beds and operates at full capacity year round.

The shelter offers many unique and culturally-specific services-including the availability of multilingual services. The dedicated Greenhouse Shelter staff partner with victims to help them begin to heal from their abuse and to create a life that is free from violence.

The shelter provides core domestic violence services including:

  • A 24-hour crisis phone line (hotline) and counseling services
  • Safe refuge
  • Safety planning
  • Court advocacy
  • Individual and group counseling for victims and their children
  • Life skills development and referrals.

Together, we can break the cycle of domestic abuse.

General Info

Open 24-hours a day, 365 days a year.

Phone (24-hour hotline):

Confidential Location


Services Offered

  • Social Services
  • Support Groups
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Counseling
  • Child Counseling

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish


All services are free and confidential 


CAWC’s shelter is available for survivors of domestic violence and their children 

How to Apply

Clients seeking shelter should call CAWC’s 24-hour crisis line for information about available space. Call 773-278-4566 to speak to a CAWC Counselor/Advocate. 

Let’s impact the lives of those who need it most

We’ve made a difference. Your time and talents allow us to do even more.

Clients served at HPOP in 2022

Clients served at HCIP in 2022

Residents at Greenhouse Shelter in 2022

Clients served at Haymarket Center in 2022

If it weren’t for Greenhouse I’m not sure if I would have survived and I fear to think what might have happened to my children.


A Greenhouse Shelter resident

How to help Greenhouse Shelter

Making a safer community depends on us all. 

Become a volunteer

We need bilingual professionals to get trained and use your talents to help people. Our legal and medical teams rely on your dedication.

Find volunteer opportunities

Fulfill our wishlist

Our Shelter and non-residential programs are always in need of supplies so survivors and their children feel safe, feel at home, and know they don’t have to go back to danger.

See CAWC wishlist

Join the Associate Board

Our associate board is composed of young professionals who want to use their skills to help us grow. Join us and make a real difference for survivors.

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Donate now to help directly

Your donations help us improve the lives of survivors and their children, every day.

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