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1363 N. Western Avenue
Lake Forest IL 60045


Forest & Found is a nonprofit community thrift store located in Lake Forest, IL that features good quality, second hand goods and produces a cycle of benefits for donors, shoppers and the causes the community invests in


Open House at A Safe Place

Diana Durkes

Forest & Found supports A Safe Place with quarterly monetary donations, so when Denise Gentes, Individual Giving Specialist for this wonderful organization stopped in the shop to tell us about an open house at their Family Visitation Center, I marked my calendar and attended the two hour evening event. 

Along with a tour of the Center, the open house included an opportunity to hear from family court judges, court-appointed supervisors, and family law attorneys about the work that goes on here. This incredible, inviting facility provides an important social service in Lake County. It is a supervised location for court-ordered non-custodial parents to visit with their children.

I've driven by the Mundelein location many times, but I had no idea that Lake County’s only family visitation center was located there. When I entered the building, I was instantly struck by the warmth and caring nature of the people who work there.

Inside was a staff of professionals, volunteers and interns who are dedicated to making sure children have a safe visit. The Center is set up like a preschool classroom so there are lots of opportunities for parents to interact with their kids. The kids love the toys, the team reported.

After learning about the purpose and importance of the Center,  I left the open house feeling proud that Forest & Found supports A Safe Place.