AWARDS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS
2017 Awards and Accomplishments
2016 Awards and Accomplishments
- In January, we opened our new purpose built safe home/emergency shelter that doubled our capacity to house survivors of gender violence from our previous safe home.
- Our opening was widely covered in media. We were featured on Univision, Chicago Public Radio, and WBBM CBS Radio. We were also featured in the Chicago Tribune and Columbia Chronicle.
- In March, we restarted our transitional housing program, which is a program in which survivors work closely with their case manager to achieve personal and financial goals to enhance their safety and work towards stability and self-sufficiency and we now have nine scattered site apartments for families
- In April, we participated in the national summit organized by SAALT where we continued our engagement with legislators and policy makers at the national level. We continue to grow and expand our outreach, training and community engagement efforts.
- In July, we expanded services into the suburb of Skokie through securing and opening a satelite office space co-located in Turning Point Behavioral Health Care Center. We are now fully operational and provide all of our comprehensive services there.
- We implemented an evidence-based model for enhanced supervised visitation and safe exchange services that we helped develop with Inspire Action for Social Change, in which we are currently the only organization in the country working on this model.
- Executive Director, Neha Gill, received the Gender Equality Award by Chicago Chapter of the US National Committee for UN Women
- Our manager of outreach and education, Radhika Sharma Gordon, received the Community Ambassador Award from The Kedzie Center and Social Work Supervisor of the Year Award from Northeastern Illinois University.
- We expanded our medical partnership with Swedish Covenant Hospital to include having staff at the hospital every week to work with patients and medical professionals to connect to our services and refer to other available resources.
- Our staff Fauzia Mohammed and Tegest Tesfaw graduated from Chicago Foundation for Women's Advocacy Academy.
2016 Awards and Accomplishments
- Executive Director, Neha Gill and Apna Ghar received the Achiever Award at the first annual South Asian Womanhood and Girlhood Conference at Loyola University, Chicago, and the conference, our work and the award were part of WBEZ's Worldview program with Jerome McDonnell
- Development Manager, Ashley Tsuruda received a leadership award from the Illinois Comptroller's Office
- Apna Ghar was featured in Chicago Foundation for Women's 2015 Annual Report released in the beginning of 2016
- Apna Ghar's Second Annual art show "Collective Voices, Shared Journeys" was featured in the Medill Reports Chicago, and our art therapy services were featured in Tikkum Magazine
- Executive Director, Neha Gill and Development Manager, Ashley Tsuruda were featured on Radio Pani Poori discussing Apna Ghar's 8th Annual Taste for Life and our programs and services
- India Abroad featured Apna Ghar's positions on reproductive justice issues via the Purvi Patel case as well as on the general elections and their impact on immigrant survivors of gender violence
- DNAinfo listed Apna Ghar among the 10 most deserving causes working to end gender violence
- The Sun Times covered the family court enhancement project that we are now a part of
- A case study on Apna Ghar was published in the book "Spirituality, Culture and Development: Implications for Social Work"
- Apna Ghar participated in the domestic violence outcomes measures project to better understand the service needs of survivors in our area
- Apna Ghar was featured in Deepa Iyer's book "We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim and Sikh Immigrants Shape Our Multiracial Future" published in 2015 and in 2016, Executive Director, Neha Gill participated in the Chicago leg of the book tour.
2015 Awards and Accomplishments
- Apna Ghar received the 2015 ChangeMaker Award from South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) along with partner agencies the South Asian American Policy and Research Institute (SAAPRI), Indo-American Center (IAC) and Chicago Desi Youth Rising (CDYR) for our joint commitment to social justice at a national summit in Washington D.C.
- Former board president and longtime supporter Dr. Surinder Nand was honored with the President’s Award by the Indian American Psychiatric Association for her work in domestic violence prevention
- Board Secretary, Sugeeta Kohli received a community service award from BMO Harris Bank
- Board member, Ash Luthra was honored with the Bridge Award by Chicago United for Business Leadership
- Executive Director Neha Gill was honored with the David R Barclay Alumni Leadership Award from LEAP, Inc. (Leadership Education for Asian Pacific Americans)
- Apna Ghar received a proclamation from the Illinois Comptroller’s office marking its 25th Anniversary
- Apna Ghar’s Stride Against Violence 5k was featured on Channel 9 (WGN)
- Apna Ghar’s 25th Anniversary celebration with guest of honor, Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus was covered by media outlets in the US and India
- Executive Director Neha Gill was interviewed on Chicago Public Radio on the issue of forced marriage and by Loyola University radio on gender violence broadly
- Channel 32 (Fox) covered our response to sexual assault in South Asian and immigrant communities
- Executive Director Neha Gill was profiled in the Chicago Reporter and featured in India Abroad’s cover story on immigration
- Apna Ghar’s art show and art based counseling services were profiled in Sixty Inches from Center in a piece entitled “Challenging Silence: Making Space for Survivors in the Arts”
- Apna Ghar’s advocacy efforts related to the Purvi Patel case and reproductive rights were broadly covered by various media outlets
- Apna Ghar’s practice of cultural humility was featured in the UK’s Inclusive Migration blog and will be part of a larger research project
- Apna Ghar was featured in the Chicago Foundation for Women’s 30th anniversary video and in Deepa Iyer’s book “We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim and Sikh Immigrants Shape Our Multiracial Future,” published by The New Press
2014 Awards and Accomplishments
- Founder Kanta Khipple awarded the Chicago Foundation for Women’s Impact Award
- Board Treasurer Ramzan Dhanji and his wife, Parvin, honored by BMO Harris Bank and Loyola University for their entrepreneurship and philanthropy
- Executive Director Neha Gill recognized by the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum’s (NAPAWF) Chicago Chapter as an “everyday shero”
- Apna Ghar named in a proclamation from Governor Quinn declaring October Domestic Violence Month in Illinois
- Apna Ghar consulted on shelter policies adopted by the Kurdish Regional Government of Northern Iraq
- Apna Ghar credited with helping the Polish American Association start a supervised visitation and safe exchange program
- Apna Ghar conducted two state certified 40-hour domestic violence trainings for volunteers and professionals
- Apna Ghar developed an instructional DVD for service providers on the legal issues faced by immigrant survivors of gender violence
- Apna Ghar staff cited and acknowledged in a report on U-Visas by DePaul University and co-authored a paper for a national conference
- Apna Ghar featured in print media and on the radio. Our “Vocalo” interview on Chicago Public Radio was featured in NewCity magazine in its “Best of Chicago” section for “Best Execution of Media Activism.”
- Apna Ghar achieved record attendance at our annual events and 51% increase in outreach efforts
- Hosted and exchanged ideas for systems change with international delegations