Forbes House is here to help

Help line: 440-357-1018

Forbes House offers a 24 hour helpline for crisis intervention, support, and to provide information and referrals. Staff and volunteers are always on call at Forbes House so that anyone needing to come into the domestic abuse shelter may do so no matter what time of the day or night it is. Forbes House strives to help victims free themselves from domestic abuse, whether physical, sexual, or verbal/emotional, and offer them a domestic abuse shelter where they can feel safe and speak openly.

Call 440-357-1018 now if you, or someone you know, needs our help.


Forbes House Christmas Program

The approaching holiday season brings to mind memories of happy times with family and friends. It is during these times we are especially thankful for the blessings in our lives, the smiling faces of our children, the good health of loved ones, and the abundance and aroma of delicious and special holiday meals. Too often, unfortunately, we find ourselves unaware of others in our community who struggle to overcome a life marred by violence and abuse.

Forbes House, Lake County’s only shelter for victims of domestic violence, provides a safe, temporary home to those suffering from the pain of abuse. We offer a continuum of services, including a 24-hour helpline, peer counseling, court advocacy, and community education.

For over 25 years, with generous support from our community, the Forbes House Christmas Program has assisted victims of domestic violence who might not otherwise be able to celebrate the holidays with food and gifts. In the giving spirit of the season, we ask your help by providing a Christmas for an “adopted” family or individual, or by making a donation that we can use to provide a happy holiday for those trying to live a violence free life.

If your company or you would like to participate in our Christmas adoption program, or make a Christmas donation, please complete and return the enclosed form as soon as possible. If you have any questions regarding this program, please feel free to contact Susan at 440-357-1018, Monday through Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

On behalf of those who will benefit from your kindness and generosity, we thank you with all our hearts. Our wish for you, your loved ones, and the entire community is a holiday filled with love, peace, and joy.


If you’d like to simply download our word file, and mail, fax, or email us your information, Please download our Christmas Adoption Program Form.


Thank you for your generous support, and please let us know if you have any questions.

* Forbes House maintains a confidentially policy to protect the identities and privacy of those participating in the Forbes House Christmas Program. Only assigned numbers are provided on Wish Lists, and it is not possible to meet the recipients or deliver gifts directly to their homes. Thank you for your understanding.

** Please note that Christmas gifts must be new items. All baby and children’s items must be in accordance with current safety standards. Please no toy weapons.

Christmas Adoption Program
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  • Street Address*
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  • Telephone*
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  • Fax #*full name
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  • If adopting, please indicate how you would like to receive a Wish List:
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  • How would you like to receive your wishlist?*
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  • # of families or individuals you would like to adopt*
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  • Size - Specify # of children or indivuals without children*
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  • After returning this form, you will receive wish list(s) matched to your selection(s) as they become available. For confidentiality purposes, Wish Lists provide *assigned identification numbers in lieu of names, and include sexes, ages, sizes, and wishes to assistance with shopping. The *assigned numbers will help us to match your **gifts to your adoption selection(s). Please wrap gifts and include gift tags with assigned numbers (e.g. “From Santa” #22). Once gifts are ready for delivery to Forbes House, please call 440-357-1018 for directions. Gifts can be delivered any day of the week, including weekends, morning through late afternoon. To ensure distribution in time for the holidays, please deliver your gifts by Friday, December 12th.

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  • $- Monetary Contribution*
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  • 100% of monetary contributions are used to purchase gifts for those brought into the shelter too close to Christmas Day to be adopted and to provide gifts and holiday food for those who have already started a new life outside the shelter but are still struggling to make ends meet.

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What is Forbes House?

Forbes House is Lake County's shelter for victims of domestic violence, providing services to family members whose lives have been affected by physical, emotional, or sexual abuse.

Some who use our services are in physical danger. Others are living with controlling partners in relationships that are emotionally abusive.

Forbes House Statistics

  • Information or assistance for 2321 Crisis Callers,
  • Housing for 88 women and 61 children, amounting to 6604 total bed nights,
  • Legal intakes or Civil Protection Order assistance for 342 women,
  • Transitional housing for 16 women and 22 children, assistance for 66 support group members.

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