Courageous Healing of Abuse and Isolation


Do you have a story of childhood abuse, harm, or neglect? CHAI wants to offer you a place of safety and support as together we journey toward healing. Explore your story and find community with others who are traveling the same road. Find an environment of grace, truth and affirmation, a safe place to look at the past and discover a future. Come along with us on a journey of transformation.

CHAI Info Night

Monday, February 5, 2018, 6:30 pm, Room 57
Winter/Spring Session: February 12–April 23, 2018

If you are interested in being a part of this next session, fill out our CHAI Application: 

2018 Winter/Spring CHAI Application 

Questions? Contact Dawn Maggard or Becky Anderson, 630.876.6602.

What is Abuse?

Download these definitions of abuse and how they might connect with your story.

Defintions of Abuse

Frequently Asked Questions

What material is used for CHAI Groups?
We use an excellent manual entitled The Journey Begins developed by Open Hearts Ministry specifically for this type of group.

How much work/time is required of me?
The amount of time you put into the process will directly affect what you get out of it. We suggest you read each week's lesson prior to small group, as well as complete the homework assignment each week.

Is attendance each week required? What if I know already that I am going to miss a few sessions?
Your presence is an important part of creating a safe group each week. We strongly encourage you to consider your prior commitments, understanding that your absence will impact everyone in the group.

Do I really need to pre-register or can I just show up on the first night?
Pre-registration is strongly encouraged as it will assist in the formation of groups. Registrations will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis. Walk in registrations are considered for placement as space allows.

Will I receive conformation of my registration?
Yes. You will receive an email confirming your placement in the class. (Another good reason to pre-register!)

What is the class fee used for? If I drop the class can I get a refund of the class fee?
The fee covers class materials, administrative costs, training of leaders, and final celebration activities. Class fees are refundable only during the first two weeks of attendance and only if you return the manual to us in new condition. If you are returning to group and have a manual, there is a reduced registration fee.

Are my leaders counselors? How have my leaders been trained?
Your leaders come with their own diverse life experiences, as well as required training by Open Hearts Ministries' THE JOURNEY conference. They are not counselors, and this is not intended to be a counseling group. We intend to create a safe place where you and others can join together in community to look at how wounds from the past may be affecting your life today, and encourage you to discover what freedom from that might look like. We encourage you to seek further assistance from a trained counselor at some point in your healing journey.

Is there anything I need to do to prepare for class the first night? We strongly recommend that you read The Wounded Heart by Dan Allender. Even though it was written to deal more specifically with sexual abuse, it has a lot of excellent information on the effects of all types of abuse. The Open Hearts manual we will be using also refers extensively to concepts covered in The Wounded Heart.

How can I learn more about Open Hearts Ministry?

For more information, email

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