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2020 Grantees
During fiscal year 2020, the Blowitz-Ridgeway Foundation
received 168 applications and awarded 84 grants.



Health Care Services
Housing

HEALTH CARE SERVICES

Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center $10,000
For Behavioral Health Supportive Health Program, an evidence based/evidenced informed model that promotes sustainable economic sufficiency with the integration of stable housing and employment for low income, uninsured, unemployed and chronically homeless.

Alexian Brothers Housing & Health Alliance $15,000
For Bonaventure House, a transitional housing program for formerly homeless adults living with HIV/AIDS in Chicago. The Program provides therapeutic and supportive services such as case management, substance abuse recovery, occupational therapy, etc.

The Ark $12,000
For The Pharmacy Program, which provides medications for low income, un or under insured Chicago residents who experience barriers to health care. Funds would be used to purchase needed medications not available through donations or wholesale.

Association House of Chicago $10,000
For Integrated Health Services Program, which provides bilingual primary and mental health care to individuals with developmental disabilities, mental illness, and/or co occurring disorders, to help manage chronic disease. Funds will help expand hours.

Between Friends $10,000
For General Operating Support of this domestic violence service provider in Chicago's northside. They provide counseling, court advocacy, and referral services for survivors of domestic violence and their families, and violence prevention education.

BUILD, Inc. $10,000
For the Community Mental Health Services Program, which addresses mental health/substance abuse needs of youth impacted by violence and trauma. Program includes individual/group therapy, Frontline crisis work, outreach to caregivers, and referrals.

Center for Independence through Conductive Education $10,000
For the Intensive Motor Training for Children and Young Adults with Physical Disabilities. Located in the south suburbs, the Center provides an intensive therapy method that teaches people with motor disabilities to be as independent as possible.

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. Center provides individual, group and family therapy as well as provide support to families.

Children's Research Triangle $10,000
For General Operating support of its programs to provide research-driven services that improve the quality of life for all children with special needs or those who are at risk for developmental, behavioral, psychological or educational problems.

Christian Community Health Center $10,000
For General Operating support of its programs which provide high quality primary healthcare and supportive services to the community, regardless of their ability to pay.

Community Health $20,000
For General Operating Support of this free health care center which provides uninsured and low income individuals with primary, dental, specialty care, medication, mental health, and lab services, as well as health education and social services.

DuPage Health Coalition $10,000
For Access DuPage Health Program, which provides health care for low income, uninsured DuPage County residents. Services include primary care, specialty care, hospital services (x rays, lab, diagnostics, therapies, inpatient care, etc.) and medications.

Enlace Chicago $10,000
For the Community Health Worker led Access to Care Initiative, in which trained public health workers assist community members with enrolling in Medicaid, health insurance, finding a medical home, connecting to mental health resources, etc.

Equal Hope (formerly Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force) $10,000
For General Operating support of its programs dedicated to eliminating racial, ethnic and class disparities in healthcare by promoting access to high quality preventive healthcare services, early detection, diagnostics and women's cancer treatment so that every woman has an equal chance at survival.

Expanded Mental Health Services Of Chicago Nfp $15,000
For General Operating Support. The Kedzie Center offers therapy and psychiatric services to clients of all ages in individual, couple, family and group formats. Funding would allow clinic to serve 100 uninsured/underinsured individuals in North River area

Family Shelter Service of Metropolitan Family Services DuPage $10,000
For General Operating support of its programs which provide help and hope needed by families affected by domestic violence (DV) to thrive, not just survive.

Gads Hill Center $10,000
For General Operating support. Gads Hill creates opportunities for children and their families to build a better life through education, access to resources, and community engagement so that all individuals, regardless of where they start, will achieve their full potential.

Health & Medicine Policy Research Group $15,000
For Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellowship/Fellows, a year long service learning program that helps graduate students in health professions design/implement innovative direct service projects that help improve the health/ well being of underserved communities

Healthy Schools Campaign $10,000
For Transforming School Health Services, an initiative to increase access to comprehensive school based physical and mental health services for low income children in CPS and surrounding collar counties.

Heartland Alliance $10,000
For General Operating Support of the Kovler Center, which provides specialized and trauma informed mental health treatment and supportive services for survivors of torture who are refugees, asylees, asylum seekers, or immigrants now living in Chicago.

Heartland Health Centers $10,000
For General Operating Support of this FQHC. Funding will help support its Strategic Plan work at its 17 Community based and School based Health Care Clinics in Chicago. Heartland provides comprehensive primary care, dental, mental health, etc.

House Of The Good Shepherd Chicago $10,000
For General Operating Support of this Chicago domestic violence shelter. Funding will be used towards individual and group trauma informed counseling and psychoeducational therapy for women and their children.

Illinois Association of Free & Charitable Clinics $10,000
For the Data Repository Project, which will expand upon the Data Quality Project by collecting and aggregating the data from member clinics in order to assess their performance and compare with other clinics and better understand the landscape.

Illinois Association of Free & Charitable Clinics $20,000
For COVID 19 Emergency Funding Request to assist its 20 member health care clinics who have been impacted by COVID 19 crisis.

IWS Children's Clinic $15,000
For General Operating Support of Clinic, a full service pediatric health clinic and medical home, providing medical, dental, and behavioral health services and social support services for children in Chicago, west Cook County and DuPage County.

Juvenile Protective Association $10,000
For General Operating support of its programs which provide therapeutic counseling services to at-risk children and families, conduct research, share knowledge, and provide expert consultation and guidance to others serving these children and families.

KAN WIN (Korean American Women in Need) $15,000
For the Transitional Housing Program, which provides Asian American survivors of domestic violence with emergency and transitional housing assistance, financial education and job skills training.

Mobile CARE Chicago $10,000
For General Operating. Mobile Care Chicago's mission is to deliver no-cost medical and preventative care, education, and support to low-income children and families within their native communities aboard mobile medical clinics.

Oak Leyden Developmental Services $12,500
For General Operating Support of programs for people with developmental disabilities. Programs include Children's Services; Residential Services for Adults; and Lifelong Learning which provides individualized developmental/vocational support/life skills.

Organizing Neighborhoods for Equality: Northside aka ONE Northside $10,000
For General Operating support of its programs to build collective power to eliminate injustice through bold and innovative community organizing. They accomplish this through developing grassroots leaders and acting together to effect change.

Resilience (formerly Rape Victim Advocates) $15,000
For General Operating Support. Resilience provides 24 hour crisis intervention services in the emergency rooms of 16 partner hospitals throughout Chicago, follow up health care, trauma informed individual, couples and group therapy for survivors/family.

Sarah's Inn $15,000
For General Operating. Sarah’s Inn aims to improve the lives of those affected by domestic violence and to break the cycle of violence for future generations.

Test Positive Aware Network $10,000
For the Total Care Portal, a care coordination program that works to ensure that people living with HIV or are vulnerable to HIV and other chronic illnesses in Chicago are connected to primary care and supportive services.

Tuesday's Child $8,000
For Familias Felices Spanish Behavioral Intervention Program, for families with children ages 18 months 6 years. The Program provides one on one counseling and classroom intervention on developmental disabilities, autism, and bi polar behavior, etc.

Turning Point $10,000
For General Operating Support. Turning Point provides domestic violence survivors in McHenry County with Emergency Shelter, legal advocacy, individual and group counseling, mental health therapy, specialized children's programs, and anti-violence education.

Well Child Center $15,000
For Pediatric Dental Clinic and First Tooth Program, which seeks to eliminate early childhood caries. Grant funds will be used to purchase a new server/computers, replacing outdated equipment. Remaining funds will be used towards education/treatment.

WINGS Program $15,000
For general operating support of its programs which provide housing, integrated services, education and advocacy to end domestic violence.

Youth Outreach Services $15,000
For General Operating support. Youth Outreach Services promotes the strengths and abilities of youth and families by providing community-based services that empower and enrich each to face life’s challenges with confidence, competence and dignity.

YWCA Evanston/North Shore $12,000
For Bridges, a Long Term Supportive Housing Program for survivors of domestic violence and their children. Participants staying at the 16 unit building receive supportive services such as individual/group counseling, legal advocacy, parent education, etc.

Total: 40 grants $469,500

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Housing

360 Youth Services $10,000
For General Operating Support. 360 provides low income youth who are experiencing homelessness in the Naperville area with mental and behavioral health counseling, transitional housing and supportive services.

All Chicago Making Homelessness History (Formerly Emergency Fund) $15,000
For Emergency Fund Program, which provides critical financial assistance to low income individuals/families experiencing homelessness or in danger of becoming homeless in the Chicago area. Assistance includes funds for utilities, security deposit, etc.

Beds Plus Care $15,000
For Family Case Management Program, which provides case management services to the chronically homeless families who have unmet medical needs in the LaGrange Area Transitional Housing Program.

The Boulevard of Chicago (Formerly Interfaith House) $12,500
For General Operating Support to provide transitional housing and support services for homeless adults discharged from the hospital with acute medical needs and prepare them for independent living. Residents receive meals, employment training, etc.

Breaking Free Inc. $10,000
For Substance Use Disorder Treatment Services for the Homeless. Funding will help provide on site Substance Abuse assessment, intervention, and treatment, and case management services to the residents of Hesed House, a homeless shelter in Aurora.

Bridge Communities $15,000
For Employment Services Program, which provides homeless clients in DuPage County with job readiness training, and educational opportunities. The Program also assist with finding financial assistance for tuition and books for college, or fees etc.

Casa Central $15,000
For the LaPosada Transitional/Interim Housing Program, which provides low income families in Chicago with short term housing with supportive services. Each family is assigned a case manager who will assist with their various needs.

The Center of Concern $12,500
For the Housing Options Program for Low Income, Homeless, near Homeless individuals and families in northern Cook County. Services include counseling and case management, linkages to prevention assistance funds (rent, utilities), financial planning etc.

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless $15,000
For Youth Futures Health Initiative, a full time mobile legal aid clinic serving homeless students and unaccompanied youth. Attorneys provide outreach, training and legal aid to help youth access Medicaid, suitable physical/mental health treatment, etc

Christian Outreach of Lutherans $15,000
For General Operating support of its programs which provide comprehensive assistance to families in need by reducing hunger and homelessness while encouraging personal growth and self-sufficiency.

Connections for the Homeless $15,000
For General Operating support. Connections for the Homeless serves and catalyzes the community to end homelessness, one person at a time.

Deborah's Place $15,000
For Health Services for Women Experiencing Homelessness, which provides homeless and chronically homeless women with therapeutic and supportive services such as access to on site health care, insurance benefits, health education, and etc.

Facing Forward (formerly Interfaith Council for the Homeless) $15,000
For General Operating Support. They provide individuals and families in Chicago with Permanent Supportive Housing, clinical case management, supportive services (e.g. health care, life skills training), housing location, education and advocacy.

Fellowship Housing Corporation $10,000
For General Operating Support of its affordable housing and financial literacy training program to single mothers and their children in suburban Cook County. Funds will be used towards subsidized housing, case management, financial training, counseling.

Franciscan Outreach Association $15,000
For General Operating support. Franciscan Outreach provides food, shelter, and assistance to people who are marginalized and homeless so they can make positive changes to their lives.

H.O.M.E. $10,000
For General Operating Support. Programs include Upkeep and Repair, which provides home repairs for low income seniors; Intergenerational Housing; assist with Moving; and Transportation. In response to COVID, HOME delivers groceries free of charge to seniors.

Home of the Sparrow $10,000
For Homeless to Housed, which provides homeless women and their children in McHenry County with short term Transitional Shelter, longer term supportive housing, and tenant based rental assistance.

Impact Behavioral Health Partners (formerly Housing Options for the Mentally Ill in Evanston) $15,000
For General Operating Support to support Impact's Housing, Clinical and Employment Programs. Impact provides adults living with chronic mental illness and homelessness in Evanston/surrounding area with both permanent supportive and wrap around services.

Howard Brown Health Center $15,000
For Broadway Youth Center, drop in center which provides LGBTQ and unstably housed youth with comprehensive low barrier medical care, behavioral health services, homeless youth case management, education, workforce development services, & basic services.

Ignite (formerly Teen Living Programs) $15,000
For General Operating Support. Ignite addresses the immediate needs of youth experiencing homelessness, and helps them achieve independence and stable housing. Services include 24 hour crisis line, emergency shelter, street outreach, drop in center, etc.

Inner Voice $7,500
For the Helping Individuals Re Enter Employment (HIRE), which provides job preparation, counseling, placement, and related support and retention services to address the complex problems facing persons experiencing homelessness in Chicago.

Inner City Muslim Action Network $15,000
For General Operating Support. IMAN provides primary, behavioral and oral health care; transitional housing and job training for formerly incarcerated men and high risk youth; organizes around issues such as criminal justice, housing, etc.

Inspiration Corporation $10,000
For the Housing Services Program, which provides homeless individuals and families in Chicago with housing and wraparound services needed to remain self sufficient and live independently. Services include employment navigator, rental and utilities, etc.

La Casa Norte $15,000
For General Operating Support of its programs serving youth and families facing homelessness in Chicago. Services include outreach, emergency shelter, transitional housing, permanent supportive housing, rapid rehousing and financial education.

Lake County Haven $10,000
For General Operating Support of this transitional shelter and housing agency for homeless women and children. The agency provides counseling and mental health support, access to medical care, life skills training, career services, etc.

Lakeview Pantry $15,000
For General Operating Support. The Pantry provides food, case management services, mental health counseling, and employment search and assistance, crisis intervention, assistance in accessing benefits, housing and referral services.

Latin United Community Housing Association (LUCHA) $10,000
For the Resident and Community Services Program, which provides supportive services to its affordable housing tenant base and local residents in Chicago. Services include banking and financial literacy training, case management services, etc.

Lazarus House $10,000
For General Operating Support. Lazarus House is the only emergency shelter/transitional housing program in central Kane County serving homeless men, women & children. Services include prevention, immediate needs, case management, and employment assistance

Lincoln Park Community Shelter $15,000
For General Operating Support. The Shelter provides individuals who are homeless in Chicago with a drop in center, interim housing, permanent supportive housing, rental assistance, job assistance, case management, basic supports (meals, clothing, etc).

Loaves and Fishes Community Services $10,000
For General Operating support. Loaves & Fishes Community Services is an anti-poverty, hunger relief organization with a mission to provide food and leadership in the community by uniting and mobilizing resources to empower people to be self-sufficient.

Matthew House $10,000
For General Operating support. Matthew House provides daytime supportive services, permanent supportive housing to needy men, women and families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Their mission is to rebuild and strengthen the community by enabling all to reclaim and maintain control over their lives.

McHenry County PADS/Pioneer Center for Human Services $10,000
For general support of PADS' emergency shelter, day center and supportive services for at risk and homeless individuals and families. Services include case management, vocational training, life skills training, child care, transportation, etc.

Mercy Housing Lakefront $12,500
For the Supportive Housing for the Homeless Program, which provides stable housing for families and individuals with supportive case management, health and wellness to address chronic and mental illness, job training, and Tenant Leadership.

New Moms $15,000
For General Operating Support of this agency for homeless and low income young mothers. Services include supportive housing, job training, and home based parent coaching, child health developmental screenings, and referral services.

North Side Housing & Supportive Services (formerly Lakeview Shelter) $15,000
For General Operating Support. NSHSS provides individuals experiencing homelessness in Chicago with Programs, which include Permanent Supportive Housing, Integrated Health Services, Housing System Navigation, Emergency Shelter,and Day Supportive Services.

Northwest Compass (formerly CEDA Northwest Self Help) $10,000
For the Homelessness Prevention Program, which aims to provide timely intervention and assistance to people experiencing housing crisis, reduce the rate of unsheltered homelessness, through street outreach and connect people to housing options/resources.

PADS of Elgin $10,000
For General Operating Support. PADS provide year round overnight and daytime shelter with comprehensive case management and service coordination to men, women and families experiencing homelessness in Northern Kane and Cook counties. County.

Public Action to Deliver Shelter dba Hesed House $10,000
For SEEDS Case Management Program. Upon arrival at the Aurora shelter, each client works with a case manager to identify/address some of the causes that led them to be homeless, address any special needs, and helps them identify goals and tracks progress

Renaissance Social Services $15,000
For General Operating Support. Homeless Prevention Programs and Services include Street Outreach, Permanent Supportive Housing, Rapid Re Housing, Health Care, and Behavioral Health Services serving Chicago's west side.

Sarah's Circle $15,000
For General Operating Support of women who are homeless/at risk of being homeless in Chicago to rebuild their lives. Services include Daytime Support Center, Clinical Services, Interim Housing, Permanent Supportive Housing, case management and referrals.

Sister House $10,000
For General Operating Support of this residential recovery program for women who have recently been released from prison, mental health facility or hospital. Services include intensive substance abuse treatment, healthcare, job training, life skills etc.

South Suburban PADS $15,000
For General Operating Support to provide Prevention (emergency rent and utility funds), Street Outreach, Emergency Shelter, Rapid Rehousing, Permanent Supportive Housing, and Supportive Services for homeless individuals/families in South Suburban Cook.

St. Leonard's Ministries $15,000
For General Operating Support of Grace House and St. Leonard's. Ministries interim housing and integrated care programs for individuals recently released from prison.

St. Martin de Porres House of Hope $15,000
For General Operating Support of this residential recovery program for homeless women struggling with drug and/or alcohol addiction and mental health disorder. Services include mental health counseling, substance abuse counseling, medical assistance, etc.

Young Invincibles $10,000
For Streetlight Chicago App's Mental Health Supports, which provides homeless youth with access to mental health services. The app provides geographic location of services and available appointments in real time. Funds will help update information etc

Total: 45 grants $575,000

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