About Us

The House of Peace Domestic Violence Shelter is a haven of healing for the Latina community of Northern Lake County, Il.  Our model is unique in its vision of holistic healing, designed to release the body & soul from the shackles of insult and abuse. Transformative changes are made possible within our intimate, wholesome setting; changes designed to resonate beyond our walls, modeling dignity and courage to the entire community.   .

Our compassionate, multi-faceted programming, resources and referrals are designed to:

  • HEAL: 6 month residency in our intimate setting creates a sense of sisterhood among women. Group and individual programming and a nurturing family environment provide avenues toward healing for those who lived in fear.
  • EMPOWER:  Nurturing accountability and development, we seek to empower the women to advocate for themselves and their children. ESL, health & nutrition and parenting classes encourage  transformative change, renewing faith in oneself and discovery of possibilities for the future.
  • SUSTAIN: Our vision is to empower healthy, sustainable independence for our families. Safe, affordable housing, job placement and follow- up care lay the foundation for successful independence for our families.

The Shelter building was renovated by the loving hands of over 200 community volunteers and opened in November of 2011. Since opening, The House of Peace Shelter has served 61 women and their 128 children.

The House of Peace Shelter is part of Community Social Services, the outreach ministry of Most Blessed Trinity Parish in Waukegan, Il.   Community Social Services has a legacy of serving the poor in Lake County.  We are so grateful for the continued support of dedicated staff, volunteers and generous donors.


The House of Peace Shelter provides a secure, temporary residence for women and children suffering from domestic violence. Compassionate, culturally-sensitive programs allow the victims to recover their dignity and independence. Our vision is to provide a haven for healing and build the foundation for successful independence for families.