Please note: 2018 was a transition year. The 2018 grants list reflects grants awarded from our old guidelines as well as the new grant guidelines which took effect December 1, 2017.
During fiscal year 2018, the Blowitz-Ridgeway Foundation
received 175 applications and awarded 92 grants.
Health Care Services
HEALTH CARE SERVICES
Albany Park Community Center $10,000
In-School and Community Based Counseling Program
Alexian Brothers Housing & Health Alliance $15,000
For the Bonaventure House in Chicago, a transitional living
program for formerly homeless people living with HIV/AIDS.
Supportive services include case management, recovery services,
after care, occupational therapy, and nutrition.
Alternatives, Inc. $10,000
To support the Behavioral Health Services department,
which include school-based health center counseling,
counseling at a community-based youth center, substance
abuse treatment, and crisis intervention services for at-risk
youth from low-income families
Apna Ghar, Inc. (Our Home) $10,000
For counseling services for abused immigrant women and
their children. Comprehensive services include individual
counseling, art therapy, group counseling, children's counseling
and family sessions for both shelter residents and non-residential clients.
The Ark $10,000
For the Pharmacy Program, which provides free prescription
medications for individuals who lack insurance or have inadequate
insurance and have chronic physical and mental illnesses. Funding
will be used towards the purchase of medication.
Association House of Chicago $10,000
To support the Know Your Status HIV Prevention Program, an
evidence-based prevention, intervention and education program
which also provides wrap-around services and a Community Advisory Board.
Between Friends $10,000
For general operating support. Comprehensive services include
Domestic Violence Crisis Intervention and Support Services, 24-hour
crisis hotline, court advocacy, individual and group counseling, teen
dating violence prevention education, etc.
BUILD, Inc. $10,000
For the Mental Health and Wellness Program, which provides outpatient
community-based mental, emotional and behavioral health services focused
on trauma, grief and loss, and emotional self-regulation, including anger
management and distress trauma.
The Center of Concern $10,000
For the Senior Support and Geriatric Counseling Program, which helps
seniors, family caregivers, the disabled and others in need to access
resources to overcome challenges related to aging, help them maintain
their independence and improve well-being.
Center on Halsted (formerly Horizons Community Services) $14,000
For the Behavioral Health Services, which provides LGBTQ youth, adults,
and seniors with individual and group therapy, support groups, Anti-Violence
Project, HIV/AIDS counseling services, and referrals.
Chicago Child Care Society $15,000
For Integrated Health Services, which provides home visit early intervention
programs, direct health care assessment and monitoring, and parenting
education for pregnant and young mothers with babies up to age 3.
Children's Research Triangle$10,000
For the Evaluation and Treatment Fund, which provides low-income,
underserved families wider access to mental healthcare services free of
charge. Funds would p provide medication management, medical/
psychological evaluations, and/or therapeutic services.
Community Health $20,000
For general operating support of the free health care center, which provides primary,
dental, specialty care, medication therapy management, health education and
nutrition,health care navigation, and referrals to low-income,
Community Support Services $10,000
To support the Nursing Services program for children and adults with
intellectual/developmental disabilities in western Cook and eastern DuPage Counties.
Connections for the Homeless $10,000
For the Health & Wellness Services program, which provides clients
that have not seen a physician or psychiatrist in years and lack health
insurance with coordinated care plans in collaboration with the clients
and their medical providers.
Connections for Abused Women and their Children (CAWC) $12,500
For the Hospital Crisis Intervention Project, which provides on-site direct services
to battered women, educates healthcare providers on identifying and responding
to victims of abuse, and advocates for hospital-wide systemic change.
Dental Lifeline (formerly Illinois Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped) $10,000
For the Donated Dental Services program, which works in partnership
with a statewide volunteer network of dentists to provide comprehensive
dental care to elderly, disabled or medically fragile and unable to afford treatment.
Family Rescue $15,000
Residential Services Program assists women and their children who
are traumatized by domestic violence and homelessness make a successful
transition to stable, sustainable lifestyle.
Garfield Park Community Council $15,000
For the Wellness Initiative, which addresses intersecting health and
wellness needs and increases food access through the Garfield Park Garden
Network, which will expand to include more gardeners and grow more healthy
Healthy Schools Campaign $10,000
For the Transforming School Health Services, an initiative to increase
access to comprehensive, coordinated and sustainable school-based
physical and mental health services for low-income children in CPS.
Heartland Health Centers $10,000
For general operating funds to support innovative enhancement
and expansion of healthcare service provision for vulnerable groups.
Services include primary care, dental, maternal health, geriatric services,
home visiting, and health literacy.
Howard Area Community Center $10,000
For renewal support of the Health and Human Services Program,
which provides counseling, case management, domestic violence services,
HIV prevention and testing, dental services, breast and cervical cancer
prevention, and emergency assistance.
Illinois Association of Free & Charitable Clinics $10,000
For the From Data Collection to Quality Assurance project, which aims to
increase the data collection of patient outcomes and guide clinics in data
collection leading to quality assurance.
Illinois Medical District Guest House (IMD Guest House) $7,500
For operating support. IMD Guest House enables families to be close to
their child's hospital while seeking neonatal or pediatric intensive care at
Rush University Medical Center, Cook County Hospital or University of Illinois Hospital.
IWS Children's Clinic $15,000
For general operating support. Funds will be used to help subsidize
the cost of providing medical, dental and social services to low-income
children whose families cannot afford the cost of private health insurance.
The Josselyn Center $10,000
For Psychiatry Services for low-income individuals struggling with mental
illness in north and northwest suburban Chicago. Clients and families can
access the full range of mental health services at one site, and receive
individualized treatment plans.
Marillac St Vincent Family Services $10,000
For the Child Development Program's Family Support Services/Health
and Medical Needs, which determines each child's medical and social/family
history with a personal and.
Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force $7,500
For Beyond October, an outreach, education and patient navigation
program aimed at increasing access to quality mammogram screenings,
diagnostics and treatment for uninsured, and publicly insured women in
Chicago's south side communities.
Mobile CARE Chicago $10,000
For the Comprehensive Asthma Management Program, which dispatches
Asthma Vans to underserved areas where pediatric asthma rates are above 25%.
The Asthma Vans tailor treatment plans for each child's medical needs and
provides follow-up and referrals.
Mutual Ground $10,000
Sexual Assault Program provides individual and group counseling; medical
advocacy at four area hospitals; legal advocacy; a 24-hour crisis hotline,
specialized programs for children; and prevention education programs in
public schools in our area.
Oak-Leyden Developmental Services $12,500
For general operating support of programs for people with developmental
disabilities including its Children's Services which includes tailored therapies
and early intervention; Residential Services for Adults; and Lifelong Learning, etc.
Old Irving Park Community Clinic $15,000
General Operating Support to provide free, quality health care to our
patient base. Expenses include salaries for our Clinic Manager, who
is a registered nurse, our volunteer coordinator, and a part-time
bilingual registered nurse.
Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation $15,000
For general operating support of its Center which offers at-risk youth,
age 14-18, in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, with after-school/weekend
programs, including mentoring, carpentry, media lab, visual arts, vocational
training, job readiness, etc.
Resilience (formerly Rape Victim Advocates) $10,000
For the Adolescent Program, which works with youth, ages 11-20, to mitigate
the effects of sexual abuse and sexual assault, and prevent future violence through
education. The program links survivors with medical, legal, and mental health counseling.
Rockford Sexual Assault Counseling $10,000
For the Counseling Program, for survivors of sexual assault and abuse ages 3 to
adult. Funds would support clinical staff that provides individual and group counseling
for survivors and their families.
Rush University Medical Center $7,500
For the psychotherapy clinic at Night Ministry's West Town Shelter, which
provides onsite psychiatric evaluations and therapy for homeless youth with
significant mental health needs.
Sarah's Inn $15,000
For the Intervention Program Support for victims of domestic violence.
Services include emergency support services; individual and group counseling
and advocacy for adults, children and teens; life skills education; and legal advocacy.
A Silver Lining Foundation $14,000
Buy A Mom A Mammogram program eliminates cost as a barrier to breast health
services by providing funding to hospital partners to support the delivery of free
screening mammograms, diagnostic evaluation & follow-up testing, to uninsured
Little Sisters of the Poor/St. Joseph's Home for the Elderly $12,500
For the Restorative Care Program, designed to enable a resident, within the
constraints of chronic diseases and other conditions associated with aging,
achieve their highest physical, emotional and functional level possible.
St. Martin de Porres House of Hope $15,000
General Operating Support of its recovery program for women and their children
struggling with drug/alcohol addiction. House of Hope provides a safe, stable, and
drug-free environment that allows women to overcome their addiction by changing their lives.
Test Positive Aware Network $10,000
For the Psychosocial Support Services, which includes peer-led support
groups and therapy groups facilitated by licensed therapists.
TriCity Family Services $5,000
For Outpatient Family-based Counseling for Children and Adolescents.
Treatment includes psychiatric evaluations, psychotherapy and medication
management, supportive services and referrals provided on-site in Kane County.
Turning Point $10,000
For general operating support of its domestic violence victim services in
McHenry County. Services include an Emergency Shelter, Mental Health Therapy,
advocacy, and case management, Legal Advocacy, Children's Program, Community Education, etc.
Well Child Center $15,000
For the Pediatric Dental Program, which provides children with
Comprehensive dental services at little or no charge to their families
and seeks to eliminate early childhood caries.
The Women's Treatment Center $15,000
To hire a part-time on-site Child Psychiatrist, whose time will be split between working
with mothers and children, and working with both mothers and their children. The
Center provides housing, preschool, daycare, access to primary/mental health.
Youth & Opportunity United (formerly Youth Organizations Umbrella) $10,000
For the Mental Health Counseling Program, which provides free clinical services to
low-income youth in the Evanston area. Funds will be used towards salary support
of the Youth and Family Counseling position who provides individualized and group
YWCA Evanston/North Shore $12,000
For Bridges-Long term supportive housing for survivors of domestic violence.
Towards supportive services such as counseling, parenting education, financial
education, case management, substance abuse support, nutrition and cooking,
credit counseling, etc.
YWCA of Lake County $10,000
For the Health Services, Training and Education program, which provides
comprehensive health services, prevention and education. Services include
education on Breast and Cervical Health, Cardiovascular and Nutrition,
Osteoporosis, HIV/AIDS and follow-up.
Total: 48 grants $550,000
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360 Youth Services $10,000
For general support of the agency's counseling and transitional housing
programs. School-based counseling is provided at Naperville area middle and
high schools. Transitional housing residents receive case management,
job training and placement, etc.
Beds Plus Care $15,000
For the LaGrange Area Transitional Housing program, which prioritizes
chronically homeless families whose members have unmet medical needs,
such as a documented disability or serious medical condition. Families receive
intensive case management, etc.
Breaking Free Inc. $10,000
For Substance Abuse Treatment Services for the Homeless. An on-site counselor
will provide assessment, intervention, treatment and case management services to
residents at Hesed House, a homeless shelter in Aurora.
Bridge Communities $15,000
For the Employment Services Program, which provides job training, guidance and
referrals to heads of households with dependent children, who are staying at the
Transitional Housing Program in DuPage County.
Casa Central $15,000
For the LaPosada Interim Housing Program, which provides families with housing for
4-6 months in 1-3 bedroom apartments and supportive services. Each family is
assigned a case manager who will assist with their varied needs.
Deborah's Place $5,000
For the Health Services Program, which provides homeless and chronically
homeless women with health education, on-site access to healthcare services,
and assist with establishing and achieving self-directed health goals.
For general operating support to help low- income older adults in northern Lake
County age in place while remaining as independent as possible through
transportation to medical appointments, grocery shopping, and friendly visits to decrease isolation.
Furniture Upgrade for Residents of Hope Village, an interim shelter with 20
apartments for homeless families.
The Harbour $15,000
For the Safe Harbour Emergency Shelter, which provides suburban homeless girls,
age 12-21, with emergency shelter, counseling, crisis intervention, educational
support, placement, and aftercare. Services also include intensive case
Impact Behavioral Health Partners (formerly Housing Options for the Mentally Ill in Evanston) $15,000
For General Operating Support. Impact provides individuals with chronic mental
illness with both permanent supportive housing and wrap-around supportive services
to non-residential individuals.
Inspiration Corporation $10,000
For the Housing Services Program, which provides permanent supportive
housing with wraparound services to individuals and families. The Program
offers rent subsidies, case management, vocational education, job training and placement.
The Boulevard of Chicago (Formerly Interfaith House) $10,000
For general operating support to provide residential and support services
for homeless adults with acute medical needs, and prepare each to return to
Journeys-The Road Home $12,500
For general operating support to provide individuals/families who are homeless
or at-risk of being homeless with Emergency Shelter, restorative counseling
and safety net services, summer shelter, and affordable housing in
northwest suburban Cook County.
Lake County Haven $10,000
For general operating support of this transitional shelter and housing agency,
which also provides homeless women and children with counseling and mental
health support, career coaching, access to medical care, earning a GED or
Latin United Community Housing Association (LUCHA) $10,000
For the Supportive Services for tenants at the SRO, which include Health &
Wellness Initiatives, case management, counseling, and tenant-focused
programs on conflict resolution, navigating mental illness, life-skills,
financial, and cooking classes.
Lazarus House $10,000
For general operating support of the housing programs and services in Kane
County, which include Emergency Shelter Transitional Living, Outreach
homeless prevention), case management, food pantry and referrals to
Mercy Housing Lakefront $12,500
For services provided through the Supportive Housing for the Homeless
Program for new residents in our Chicago Permanent Supportive
Sister House $10,000
For general operating support of this shelter and recovery program for women
who have been released from prison, hospital or mental health facility.
Services include intensive substance abuse treatment, medical, job training,
life skills classes.
St. Vincent de Paul Society/Pope Francis Center $10,000
For General Operating Support of the Job Readiness Program and
outreach to the homeless. Funds would be used towards salary
support of a case manager to assist individuals with the preparation
of seeking jobs (e.g. hygiene, clothing) and job training/placement.
For the Magazine Vendor Program, which provides individuals who are
unemployed, homeless or transitioning from incarceration with
employment training, employment, and supportive services.
Total: 20 grants $219,945
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CASA Kane County $10,000
For support of the cost to recruit, train and supervise new and active
volunteers to serve the growing number of abused and neglected children
who are entering the Kane County Juvenile Court System.
CASA Lake County $10,000
For general operating support to recruit, train, mentor and supervise new
volunteers and allow CASA to advocate for more abused and neglected
children in the Lake County Juvenile Court System.
CASA of DuPage $10,000
To provide training to new volunteer Advocates and continuing education
opportunities for existing Advocates. Funds will be used to recruit,
train and support Advocates.
CASA of Will County $12,000
Towards training expenses for Advocates. Training enables the program to
build strong, confident, capable advocates who are able to successfully
act as a voice for the child victim both inside and outside the courtroom.
Chicago Children's Advocacy Center $15,000
For the Family Hope Center, which provides evidenced-based, trauma-informed
therapy for children and families impacted by child sexual abuse and
other trauma. The Center provides individual, group and family therapy
as well as provide support.
Chicago Youth Programs $10,000
To fund new activities providing health care and screening through linkages
with southside schools, health promotion with a focus on violence
prevention/intervention, and important developments aimed at helping
youth out of poverty long-term.
For the Emerge Program, which provides homeless young adults with
subsidized temporary housing and supportive services such as counseling,
medical home security, health & mental health utilization
Christian Outreach of Lutherans $10,000
For general support of the Food Pantries and Family Housing Program. Two
food pantries provides 4 days (12 meals) of free emergency food items,
with special attention to those with dietary restrictions.
Concordia Place $7,500
For the Teen Leadership program, which will focus on poor nutrition/obesity,
and youth unemployment, through two leadership programs: Emerging Leaders,
where teens engage in an urban garden, and Ruckus Entrepreneurs, a social
DuPage PADS $7,500
For the Family Outreach program for families who are homeless and have
made previous contact but do not regularly utilize programs or services.
The Program provides case management and supportive services, job assistance
and placement, housing and food.
For general operating support. Programs and services include Upkeep &
Repair, which provides home repairs; Intergenerational Housing; Shopping
Bus, which provides transportation to grocery stores; Moving, and programs
which assist low-income older adults.
Home of the Sparrow $10,000
For the Transitional Shelter for homeless or imminently homeless women
and their children in McHenry County, which provides case management,
life skills training, financial management classes, assistance with
attaining jobs or school.
Housing Opportunities for Women $10,000
For general operating support of its housing programs and services under
the Housing First Model. Programs include Permanent Supportive Housing,
Short-Term Supportive Housing, Homelessness Prevention/ Advocacy and
Howard Brown Health Center $10,000
For the Broadway Youth Center (BYC), a multi-agency collaboration which
provides comprehensive medical care, behavioral health services, homeless
youth case management services, educational advocacy and tutoring, youth
development programming, etc.
Interfaith Action of Evanston $7,500
For General Operating Support, which will help support efforts to increase the
number of nights for an emergency shelter during the winter, as well as ongoing
programs including daily Hospitality Center for the Homeless,
job training, etc.
The Night Ministry $9,000
For the STEPS Transitional Living Program at the Open Door West Town Youth
Shelter, an 8-bed Program provides homeless youth with up to 2 years housing
and the tools necessary to reach their educational/employment goals, and
helps them be independent.
PADS Lake County $7,500
For the Prevention and Diversion Program, which aims to prevent individuals
and families from entering shelter through Diversion, which provides mediation
to stay in current residence; and Prevention, which assists in locating new
Poder Learning Center $10,000
For the English Works program, which includes ESL/Civics and Oprima-1,
a social enterprise program that provides full-time employment in the
customer service sector. Funds would be used to help cover costs associated
with English literacy classes.
Project Vision $10,000
For the High School Scholars Program, which includes tutoring, assistance
with applying for college, community service, and leadership development
for at-risk, new immigrant, and low-income youth in the Chinatown area.
Public Action to Deliver Shelter dba Hesed House $10,000
For the Transitional Living Community, a congregate living program
that provides individuals and families in the Aurora area with access
to food, interim housing for up to two years, and social services while
pursuing personal goals towards independence.
Soldiers' Angels $10,000
For the Stand Down events at the Jesse Brown VAMC. Funds will be used to
purchase food for volunteers to cook for the events, prepare box lunches
and hygiene kits for homeless veterans who visit the facility, and housing
Traffick Free $10,000
To support the needs of Chicago's first overnight drop-in center for adult
female victims of Sex trafficking and other forms of commercial sexual
exploitation. Funds would be used for program costs, including food,
clothing and case management.
To expand psychiatric care to the South Shore office and provide access
to psychiatric and mental health services for low-income housed or
Vincent Gray Academy $13,000
For the Reading Program, which helps at-risk teens, ages 17-24, increase their
reading grade skills in order to improve grade levels and fulfill their
academic potential and obtain a high school diploma in the East St. Louis area.
Total: 24 grants $236,500
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