The Open Door Project

Leading for the Future Initiative

Wednesday, March 8, 2023

CAWC has been guided and strengthened by courageous individuals and organizations willing to advocate and honor the voices of those among us that are vulnerable.

With 46 years of service, CAWC is confidently ready to realize our goal: to build a holistic care facility offering trauma-informed services for adult and child survivors. To achieve this mission, we launched The Open Door Project, and we’re excited for you to join us.

Hosted at the Northern Trust Global Conference with an interactive Zoom option*, this will be an opportunity to gather with other long-term and passionate supporters of CAWC and hear from our leadership and project team about the plan and progress towards our goal.

*This event is hybrid, you can choose to attend in-person or participate via Zoom.

Can’t make it but would love to learn more? Email Via Catinella at or call 773-489-9081 with any questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the date of this event?
Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Where will this event be (co)located?
This event is hybrid, meaning you can attend either in-person or virtually via Zoom.
The in-person event is being hosted at Northern Trust Global Conference Center at 50 S. LaSalle, located at the corner of LaSalle and Monroe. Because this event is happening after business hours, please enter through the entrance on Monroe Street.

I am attending in-person, when should I arrive?
We’re encouraging anyone attending in-person to arrive by 530 PM CST to enjoy a selection of drinks and appetizers before the program. The livestream program will begin at 6 PM CST / 7 PM EST. You can enjoy the food and drinks throughout the program so do not stress if you can’t get there early.

I’m attending virtually, when do I connect on Zoom?
The program livestream will begin at 6 PM CST / 7 PM CST.

What’s the duration of the event?
While the in-person event runs from 5:30 PM until 7:30 PM CST; we expect the program to last about 60 to 75 minutes.

What is the Leading for the Future Initiative?
The Leading for the Future Initiative (LFFI), launched in 2022, is a community of like-minded campaign champions, committed to the belief that everyone deserves to live a life free of violence. They are passionate allies, willing to extend their resources, skills, and advocacy to ensure CAWC achieves its mission. The LFFI is comprised of our organization’s former and current leaders, partners, and donors that continue steward The Open Door Project.

What is The Open Door Project?
The Open Door Project is CAWC’s capital campaign to fund the building of our new home that will offer trauma-informed care and services and house many of our services in one location.

Why did CAWC initiate The Open Door Project?
When CAWC opened our emergency shelter, Greenhouse, in a converted, historic farmhouse, it was outfitted with 10 beds.  In the last 45 years, the need for our services has only increased and we’ve managed to extend the same space to hold more than 40 beds, plus communal areas, staff and counseling offices, etc.

Ultimately, the current building has reached the end of its long and productive life. While we have improvised, stretched, and squeezed services into every inch, it is necessary to create a building that can truly support the quantity and quality of care we have always strived to deliver.

Who will be attending?
Former and current staff and board members, foundation partners, ongoing donors and allies, and project partners.

Why am I being invited?
You’ve provided meaningful support to CAWC and we’re inviting you to be part of this project in a way that feels comfortable to you. This event is an opportunity for you to learn more and meet some of our leadership, staff, and fellow advocates and partners.

What will be happening at this event?
The interactive program will begin at 6 PM CST.
Staff and campaign leaders will be sharing about CAWC, why this project and why now. Our lead architect will also be sharing the latest drawings and inspiration for the design. We will conclude the evening with a toast to Greenhouse (it’s our birthday) and Shelter Director, Beatrice Burgos, who will be receiving an Impact Award from the Chicago Foundation for Women later this month.

I can’t find the Zoom details, who can I contact? / Who can I contact with questions?
Please reach out to Via Catinella at or 773.489.9081 ext. 232 or Stephanie Love-Patterson at or 773.489.9081.