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Mutual Ground, Breaking Free to merge as one entity

Two agencies merge to serve overlapping needs

AURORA – Mutual Ground, a battered women’s shelter that works to end cycles of domestic and sexual violence and Breaking Free, a drug and alcohol treatment agency, have signed paperwork to combine their entities for a full merger by July of 2020, the two agencies announced in a news release.

Mutual Ground was founded in 1975 and Breaking Free was founded in 1977, so both have served the community for more than 40 years, the release stated. Both agencies are based in Aurora.

Mutual Ground and Breaking Free are uniting in an effort to develop coordinated, collaborative, or integrated treatments that are gender-inclusive, trauma informed, culturally attuned, and specifically designed to address the needs of victims of domestic and sexual violence, and those facing substance use issues.

Together, the two agencies will be able to provide more complete service to members of the community who are experiencing a wide range of issues that often overlap.

Research reveals complex intersections between substance use issues and domestic violence, sexual assault/abuse, historical trauma, structural violence, and other forms of interpersonal trauma, the release stated.

“We share a commitment to delivering services that build on each person’s strengths,” Teddi Krochman, retiring executive director of Breaking Free, stated in the release. “Through counseling, education and ongoing supportive services, we strive to create a community in which individuals and families thrive and live to their full potential.”

Executive Director of Mutual Ground Michelle Meyer stated in the release that by joining forces with Breaking Free, “Mutual Ground will be better able to meet the increasingly complex needs of individuals and families.”

“Both agencies have a strong history of collaboration with schools, law enforcement agencies, local coalitions and other human service organizations, providing a vital service to the community and helping thousands of people annually,” Meyer stated in the release. “This merger strengthens our collective ability to help people heal when they are facing overwhelming challenges.”

More information about the two organizations are available online by visiting mutualground.org and breakingfreeinc.org.

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