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Alm Hosts Domestic Violence Roundtable At Guardian Angel Home

Guardian Angel Community Services with Candiate Ryan M. Alm

Guardian Angel Community Services with Candiate Ryan M. Alm

June 13, 2012
Joliet, Illinois
by Lynn Davis-Livesay

Candidate for Illinois House of Representatives, Ryan Alm (R-IL-86th), yesterday hosted a roundtable discussion with the administration of the Guardian Angel Community Services (formerly the Guardian Angel Home). Victim advocates and shelter providers provided input and discussed societal concerns and the needs of this organization.

The two hour roundtable was held at Guardian Angel Community Services in Joliet where Candidate Alm joined Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Ines Kutlesa and her supervisory staff.

Candidate Alm, in 1993-94 (one of only three people) helped fund the Guardian Angel Community Services for 1 year, by working in conjunction with the State of Illinois, in administering a survey of needs throughout the Joliet community and presented his findings to the State, which then granted additional funding for that year.

In addition, Candidate Alm was a former 4-year Will County State’s Attorney Felony Crimes Paralegal, from 2004 to 2007, so Candidate Alm is familiar with the issues surrounding domestic violence and violence against women.

“The Guardian Angel Advocates, a staff of approximately 70 employees and volunteers, work around the clock to help victims of violence escape life-threatening situations, and I was grateful for their time and input as we worked together to improve the state of domestic violence in Illinois. The emergency services alone for immediate shelter, utilities, food, clothing and counseling, can run the Guardian Angel upwards to about $600,000 per year. The staggering number of people this organization serves is a valuable reminder that we cannot fail this vital organization,” said Candidate Alm.

And it’s not just women and children served through this facility. Men are given guidance and counseling through their “Partner Abuse Intervention Program” (PAIP). This program helps men in their efforts to develop healthy, mutually supportive relationships and eliminate domestic violence from their lives. Men who have committed acts of domestic violence can learn alternative methods of communicating with their partners and begin to build relationships that allow for respectful communication.

Candidate Alm lastly states “Throughout the years, I have been a genuine concerned citizen and advocate for victims of domestic violence. I was happy to reach out and initiate the roundtable discussion and was greeted with kindness and openness by Ms. Kutlesa and her supervisory staff. We exchanged ideas and openly discussed concerns for the viability of this organization for years to come. Since 1897 this has been a valuable community organization and one that I am committed to keeping alive.”

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