Strengthening Families. Building Communities. Opening Doors.

  • Remember IWT in your holiday giving

    Take a moment to read about the hope, promise, and brighter future IWT believes in for the people we serve.

    And add IWT to your holiday gift list!

  • Shopping this week?

    Shop for your friends and family and help IWT at the same time! Go to and select IWT as your preferred charity.

    And if you are an Amazon shopper, select IWT as your charity of choice at — a percentage of your purchase will be donated to IWT!

  • 40th Anniversary Gala Video

    At our 40th Anniversary Gala held at the Swissôtel Chicago on October 2, the Institute of Women Today premiered a new video, “Opening Doors and Creating Opportunities.”

The Institute of Women Today provides transitional housing for homeless women, children and families, and offers experiences that empower, support and transform women and the broader community so they can achieve their highest potential.

Maria & Believe Shelters

Maria Shelter is a 50-bed shelter in the Englewood community for homeless women and their children. Believe is a 50-bed program that includes families. Learn more →

Maria & Believe Shelters

Vincennes Senior Center

IWT’s Vincennes Senior Center offers social and recreational activities, educational opportunities, and nutritious meals to over 100 seniors. Learn more →

Vincennes Senior Center

Supportive Services

IWT is an integral part of the community and provides a wealth of services ranging from health and wellness activities to a community garden. Learn more →

Supportive Services

Stay Connected to Our Community

IWT is on the move! We want keep you informed about our work on behalf of Chicago’s neediest community members and our upcoming activities and events. Just take a moment to fill in your email and name, and you will be part of our network. Thanks!

We need your help…

Donate Donate

You can help improve the lives of women, children and families in need by making a donation to IWT.

Volunteer Volunteer

You can help with a donation of your time, too. IWT needs volunteers for everything from carpentry to child care.

Wish List Wish List

Our growing, thriving communities need supplies, equipment, and more to keep them running.