PHASE and WAVE celebrate 50th and 30th anniversaries

November 18, 2009

From press release

PHASE/WAVE (Working Against Violent Environments) is celebrating PHASE’s 50th anniversary and WAVE’s 30th anniversary with the first Remedies Ball (formerly known as the Teddy Bear Ball), Saturday, Nov. 21, at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center, 200 S. Bell School Road, Rockford.

Fetelli, First Rockford Group, WREX Channel 13 and Wal-Mart are sponsors for the Remedies Ball. The Jodi Beach Trio will provide entertainment, and Dani Maxwell will emcee the evening’s activities. There will be both silent and live auctions with Paul Logli as auctioneer.

During the celebration, Fetelli will unveil the new corporate name, logo and Web site.

Too Purse ’n’ All has coordinated a special auction called Domestic Violence is Purse ’n’ All. Well-known Rockford women such as Jodi Beach, Judge Rosemary Collins, Judge Janet Holmgren and Dani Maxwell are selecting and donating purses personalized with a few items that one might expect to find in their purses. The purse will also contain prizes, passes and gift certificates from various retailers.

Auction items include a trip to Walt Disney World including two round-trip tickets from Rockford Orlando out of the Chicago Rockford International Airport care of Allegiant Air. Walt Disney World passes and lodging are included. Fine jewelry from Clodius and Busch Jewelers and a 59-inch television from Wal-Mart are part of the auction items. Costa Confections will design and present a special anniversary cake for the attendees.

Reservations for the Remedies Ball can be made by contacting Karen Gill at (815) 962-0871 or kgill@phasewave.org. Tickets are $90/person or $670 for a table of eight.

WAVE is one of the largest domestic violence and homeless programs in Illinois and the only domestic violence shelter and program serving Winnebago and Boone counties. WAVE serves nearly 1,500 unduplicated victims, including nearly 400 children each year. All services to victims and their children are provided at no charge. WAVE provides multiple services including emergency shelter, a 24-hour help or crisis line (815/962-6102), counseling, legal advocacy, children’s services, and professional training. WAVE is funded in part by United Way and Illinois Department of Human Services. Support has also been provided by Rockford Park District.

The organization was started in 1955 as a committee to address the needs of those suffering from alcoholism. Incorporated in 1959 as Blackhawk Committee on Alcoholism, by 1960 it included a 10-bed program in a local sanitarium. In 1962, the name was changed to Northern Illinois Council on Alcoholism, and following funding from the Department of Mental Health, expanded to education for the public, industry and school systems. From 1963 to 1970, the organization, still NICA, expanded to include the first detoxification program located at Rockford Memorial Hospital and instituted inpatient care, a quarter-way house and other services for alcoholics. These efforts were directed at the need to divert alcoholics from the criminal justice system, and were so successful that the organization focused its attention on heroin addicts. Including drug-addicted people in its mission resulted in a name change in 1969 to the Northern Illinois Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency, expanding the focus to prevention and treatment of youth drug addiction.

1979 brought many changes. Working Against Violent Environments, a grass-roots organization started in Belvidere, needed a corporate umbrella and sought out NICADD. Residential addiction treatment programs ceased, and attention was focused on outpatient treatment. Changing the corporate name to Personal Health/Abuse Services and Education allowed the organization to operate three programs under one umbrella: addiction services called Keyway, prevention and education programs called Lifeworks, and WAVE. About that same time, services for drunk drivers called Driver Remedial Education began.

In 1980, the organization further defined the treatment services into Early Intervention for experimenting adolescents, Drug-Free serving adults, and Methadone Maintenance for heroin addicts. A shelter for up to 25 victims and children at the corner of Winnebago and Court streets (now the new Winnebago County Justice Center), programs for abusive men, and services for victims of elder abuse were initiated in 1980.

In 1984, continued growth in the treatment programs caused a move from 407 Green St. to 319 S. Church St. Eventually, treatment expanded to include specialized programs for HIV prevention, criminal justice offenders, women and mentally ill addicts. Both addiction and domestic violence services were established in Boone County. The shelter moved from the loaned house to the residential space on the upper floor of 319 S. Church St. (now the new federal courthouse), and the house became transitional housing for victims.

In 2003 and 2004, the organization experienced much upheaval with the acquisition of both organization-owned properties. This necessitated closing transitional housing and moving both domestic violence and substance abuse treatment services to the present leased location.

From the November 18-24, 2009 issue

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