PRINCETON –— Freedom House will honor founder Nedda Simon on Friday, May 7, and rededicate the former Nelson Chapel, which, along with the next-door shelter building and administrative offices at 440 Elm Place in Princeton, was recently purchased by Freedom House from Covenant Children’s Home.
In May 1983, Simon opened Freedom House in a rented house in Wyanet, and her first clients were a mother with five children. Freedom House has since moved three times to larger facilities. What started as a small walk-in domestic violence shelter is now a 24-hour/32-bed agency staffed by trained professionals serving victims of domestic and sexual violence in five Illinois counties.
Since its founding, Freedom House has provided free shelter and supportive services to tens of thousands of victims fleeing violence.
The public and media are invited to the event, set to begin at 11:30 a.m. on the lawn in front of Nelson Chapel. Luminaries asked to attend include Princeton Mayor Joel Quiram, Illinois Representatives Win Stoller and Dan Swanson and U.S. Representatives Cheri Bustos and Adam Kinzinger.