During fiscal year 2019, the Blowitz-Ridgeway Foundation
received 172 applications and awarded 89 grants.
Health Care Services
HEALTH CARE SERVICES
All Our Children's Advocacy Center $15,000
For General Operating Support to meet the increasing demand for
trauma-informed services which includes case management and
coordinated therapy, specialized forensic interviews.
Alternatives, Inc. $12,500
For the Behavioral Health Services, which provides school-based
health center counseling, counseling at a community-based center,
substance abuse treatment, and crisis intervention counseling
services for at-risk youth from low-income families.
Antioch Area Health Accessibility $ 10,000
For general operating support to link underserved individuals
in need of healthcare with area healthcare providers in the rural area
in Lake County. The Network Nurse Program provides direct and
personal support to individuals in need.
Bridges to a New Day $10,000
For Darlene's Program, a Reduced Fee Program for low to
moderate income children and adults in need of mental health
counseling in Will County. The program also works with schools
and provides on-site counseling.
Center on Halsted $ 15,000
For the Behavioral Health Services, which provides LGBTQ
youth, adults and seniors with comprehensive therapeutic
short-term and long-term services, individual, family, relationship,
and group therapy, support groups, crisis support, HIV/AIDS
and STI program, Anti-Violence Project, and referral services.
The Community House aka Charlie's Gift $10,000
For Community-Based Counseling Services, which provides
outpatient mental health care for uninsured and low-income
individuals and families in DuPage County. Services include
individual, group, couples, and family counseling and education.
Chicago Community Foundation $15,000
For the IL Immigration Funder Collaborative, which will support Public Charge-related activities. Funds will be used towards a pooled-fund to support organizations addressing health care needs.
Children's Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County $10,000
For the Safe From the Start Program, which provides specialized
counseling services for young children who were exposed to
violence, their siblings, and non-offending parents/caregivers.
Children's Research Triangle $10,000
For the Evaluation & Treatment Fund, which provides low-income
underserved families with access to free mental healthcare services
on-site in communities. Services include on-site interventions
medication management, medical/psychological evaluations.
Christian Community Health Center $10,000
To support the Targeted Patient Care Coordination Program, which
brings together providers and information systems to coordinate
and improve access to health services in order to meet the various
needs of its patients, such as diabetes, hypertension.
Community Health $20,000
For General Operating Support of the 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.
Compass to Care Childhood Cancer Foundation $12,000
For the Access Life Program, which provides families with children
in cancer treatment, with travel assistance. Funds will cover gas,
car rental, parking, bus fare, train fare, airfare, lodging and other
associated costs for long-distance travel.
Connections for Abused Women and Their Children $ 12,500
For the Hospital Crisis Intervention Project (HCIP), which provides
crisis intervention services to patients at two local hospitals who
present with issues related to domestic violence at the critical time
they seek healthcare. HCIP also educates healthcare providers on
identifying and responding to victims of domestic violence,
and advocates for hospital-wide systemic change.
Connections for the Homeless $15,000
For Health & Wellness Services program, which provides clients,
who have not seen a physician or psychiatrist in years and lack
health insurance, with coordinated care plans in collaboration with
clients and physicians, while providing case management.
Crisis Center for South Suburbia $10,000
For Housing Services for Victims of Domestic Violence, which
provides emergency shelter and transitional housing, in addition to
supportive services such as counseling,
assistance with obtaining housing, credit repair, job assistance,
child care, etc
Dental Lifeline $ 10,000
For the Donated Dental Services (DDS) program, which works
in partnership with a statewide volunteer network of dentists
to provide comprehensive dental care to elderly, disabled or
medically fragile who are unable to afford dental treatment in
the Chicago area.
Family Rescue $ 15,000
For the Residential Services Program, which includes a shelter and
transitional housing program for survivors of domestic violence in
Chicago's South Side. Comprehensive services include individual
and group counseling, job training and placement, financial literacy
classes, legal advocacy, food and transportation assistance, and referrals.
Family Service and Mental Health Center of Cicero $10,000
For General Operating Support. Funding will help offset costs for
uninsured and under-insured individuals and families in need of
mental health counseling services.
Family Shelter Service $10,000
For the Safer Communities Program, which provides emergency
shelter and services for domestic violence (DV) victims. Services
include Legal/Advocacy Assistance Services provided at the Lake
County Courthouse; prevention education in schools, etc
Gads Hill Center $10,000
For the Healthy Moves Program, which aims to build the health
outcomes of low-income families through peer-education on mental
health wellness, accessing health information and the ACA, healthy
eating and obesity using evidenced-based curriculum, etc.
Health & Medicine Policy Research Group $15,000
For the Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellowship and Fellows for Life
Program, which provides a platform for graduate students in
health-related fields to design and implement innovative field
projects in partnership with community organizations.
Healthcare Alternative Systems $10,000
For General Operating Support to provide culturally-tailored
behavioral health services, such as individual/post-partum
depression counseling, transitional housing and residential
treatment programs, substance abuse treatment, and dv counseling.
House of the Good Shepherd $19,300
For the Children's Oral Hygiene and Literacy Initiative, which will
provide onsite exams, cleanings and health education on oral
hygiene to children at all of its shelters.
Indian American Medical Association IL Charitable Foundation $ 10,000
Towards the salary of an Administrative Assistant, who will
assist with digitizing clinic documents, creating print media
designs, community outreach, program development, expand
clinic days and hours, quality improvement measures, coordinating
physical clinic upgrades, gathering clinic demographics, and more.
Infant Welfare Society of Chicago $10,000
For general operating support for the Angel Harvey Family Clinic
which provides medical, dental, optometry, therapeutic and
behavioral health services, and child development for children and
youth, from birth to 18, as well as prenatal and women's health.
Refugee One (formerly Interfaith Refugee and Immigration Ministries) $10,000
For the Wellness Program for Refugee Youth, which provides
in-house therapeutic, medical, linguistic, and cultural expertise
services. Program utilizes trauma-informed evidence-based
strategies to promote positive changes in cognition, behavior, etc.
Juvenile Protective Association $10,000
For the Building Bridges to North Lawndale Program, which
provides mental health services at CPS. Therapists provide students
with individual counseling, small group counseling and classroom
groups as well as guidance to teachers and parents.
Kaleidoscope, Inc. $10,000
For General Operating Support to provide mental health and
healing to youth who have experienced trauma. Funds will be used
towards case managers salaries, to help keep the staff to clients
KAN-WIN (Korean American Women in Need) $10,000
For the Transitional Housing Program, which provides safe and
supportive services for survivors of domestic violence. Services also
include emergency shelter, individual counseling, case
management, assistance with finding permanent affordable
Meals On Wheels Foundation Of Northern Illinois $10,000
For General Operating Support of this meal delivery program and
wellness check for older adults, persons with disabilities and
individuals who are homebound or seriously ill. The agency also
provides group dining cafes and social activities.
Mobile CARE Chicago $10,000
For the Comprehensive Asthma Management Program, which
dispatches vans equipped with medical equipment to underserved
Cook County areas shown to have a high prevalence of pediatric
asthma and morbidity and mortality rates.
Mutual Ground $ 10,000
For the Sexual Assault Program, which provides individual
and group counseling, medical advocacy at area hospitals,
legal advocacy at Kane and Kendall County Courthouses,
24-hour crisis hotline, prevention education for children, and
counseling at Kendall County Food Pantry. Funds will be
used toward salary support of a bilingual counselor.
NAMI of Dupage County $10,000
For Peer Counseling Program for Individuals with Mental Illness.
Trained Peer Counselors deliver one-on-one mentoring services,
facilitate support groups for individuals and families, and make
education presentations at hospitals and facilitate classes.
Old Irving Park Community Clinic $ 15,000
For General Operating Support to cover expenses incurred to provide
free, quality primary and behavioral health care to uninsured and
underserved low-income individuals. Expenses include salary support
for the Clinical Manager, volunteer coordinator, registered nurse,
behavioral therapist, as well as lab tests, medical supplies, etc.
Organizing Neighborhoods for Equality: Northside aka ONE Northside $10,000
For the Mental Health Justice Project, which works with people
living with mental illness to educate the broader community and
break down the stigma of mental illness.
Over the Rainbow Association $10,000
For Dental Care for Disabled Residents at Hill Arboretum.
Although Medicaid coverage of dental care is expanding, it only
covers basic care. It is anticipated that clients will need procedures
such as root canals, crowns and dentures.
PCC Community Wellness Center $10,000
For Oral Health Program, which began with serving children, and
has slowly expanded to also serve uninsured, low-income adults.
PCC prioritizes preventative and restorative oral health care and
health education. (Indirect restorations-crowns)
Samaritan Interfaith Counseling Center $10,000
For the Mental Health Access Program, which provides
fee-subsidized counseling and psychological testing for individuals,
couples or families in crisis who are unemployed,
low-income or otherwise unable to afford the services.
Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law $ 15,000
For Mitigating Harm from Proposed Changes to Public Charge Rule.
The project will provide trainings, public education and outreach
to communities affected by the proposed "public charge" rule changes
on public health benefits. Trainings will also be provided to healthcare
professionals and social service agencies to ensure accurate information.
South Suburban Family Shelter $10,000
For general operating support to continue providing
comprehensive coordinated domestic violence services. Services
include a 24-hour bilingual hotline, crisis intervention, emergency
shelter, transitional housing, individual and group counseling, etc.
Southwest Organizing Project (SWOP) $10,000
For the Southwest System of Care Network, which aims to plan and
implement a System of Care in three schools that is tied to at least
four healthcare and social service providers coordinating efforts in
Tri City Health Partnership $15,000
For general operating support of this free health care clinic which
provides medical care to uninsured and underinsured low-income
residents in Kane County. Services includes primary care
screenings, dental exams/treatment, medication assistance, etc.
Tuesday's Child $8,000
For the 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, bi-Polar behavior, etc.
UCP Seguin Services $10,000
For the Oral Health Care Program, for adults with developmental
disabilities. Program includes exams, cleanings, x-rays, fillings,
extractions, crowns, prophylactic treatments, and follow-up visits.
Will-Grundy Medical Clinic $ 15,000
For General Operating Support. The free health care clinic provides
comprehensive medical and dental care through volunteer doctors,
dentists, and specialty physicians. Services include lab tests,
medications, and wellness services.
Youth & Opportunity United (YOU) $ 10,000
For the Mental Health Counseling program, which provides free
Clinical Counseling Services for low-income youth in school-based
and after-school and summer programs in Evanston. Funds will be
used towards salary support of the Youth and Family Counselor, who
provides psychoeducational and group therapy and individual counseling.
Youth Outreach Services $15,000
For Behavioral and Substance Abuse Counseling for high-risk
youth. Counseling Services include individual, family and group
counseling, life skills training, pro-social activities, and community
YWCA of Lake County $10,000
For the Health Services Program, which provides education and
screenings for Breast Cancer, Cervical Cancer, Cardiovascular
Disease, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, Osteoporosis, nutrition, and referrals
and follow-up services.
Zion Benton Children's Service $10,000
For Support of the Lind Memorial Dental Clinic, a full service
dental clinic for school-age children from low-income families in
the Zion, Beach Park, and Winthrop area in Lake County. The
Clinic provides routine preventative care.
Total: 50 grants $569,600
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Brighton Park Neighborhood Council $10,000
For the Success and Stability Program, a school-based financial
literacy case management program for homeless families. The
program provides financial coaching to ensure
families improve their financial health and be housing secure.
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet $10,000
For the Emergency Services and Homeless Prevention Program
and Hope House Shelter. Funds will be used towards shelter, food,
clothing, prescription assistance, vocational counseling,
transportation vouchers, utility assistance, case management, etc.
Chicago Coalition for the Homeless $10,000
For the Youth Futures Health Initiative, a mobile legal aid clinic
which helps homeless students and unaccompanied youth access
preventive and primary health services. Attorneys help youth access
Medicaid, suitable health and mental health treatment, etc.
Chicago Lights $10,000
For the Social Service Center, which includes case management,
food pantry, clothing, hygiene items, access to a telephone, support
groups, and street outreach, which provides home-less individuals
within a 2 mile radius with water, toiletries, clothing.
For the Emerge Program, which provides homeless youth, 18-24,
with subsidized temporary housing and supportive services, which
includes trauma-informed individual case management, therapeutic
individual and group counseling, medical case management, life
skills education, and job readiness support and placement.
Christian Outreach of Lutherans $10,000
For the Family Housing Program, which provides scattered site
housing in Lake County to small and large homeless families with
children of various compositions, including two parent families and
male head of households.
Deborah's Place $15,000
For the Health Services Program, which provides homeless and
chronically homeless women with on-site access to health care
services, health education, and assists clients with establishing and
achieving self-directed health goals.
DuPage Senior Citizens Council $10,000
For General Operating Support. Programs and Services include
Senior Nutrition Program (Meals on Wheels and Community
Dining), Well-Being Checks, Home Maintenance Program, Chore
Day, Friendly Visitors Program, and Health and Wellness Program.
Facing Forward (formerly Interfaith Council for the Homeless) $15,000
For General Operating Support to help end the cycle of
homelessness. Services include permanent supportive housing,
clinical case management, and supportive services (healthcare, life
Franciscan Outreach Association $15,000
To support the Housing Program and Services, which includes
Emergency Shelters, Transitional Housing Program (Streets to
Home Initiative and Interim Housing), case management, financial
assistance fund, meals, access to health care, and more.
The Harbour $ 15,000
For the Safe Harbour Emergency Shelter, which provides short-term
housing, trauma-informed crisis intervention, counseling, case
management, educational support, and placement for girls, age
12-20. The Aftercare Program provides follow-up services,
linkages to community resources and long-term counseling.
For General Operating Support. Programs include Upkeep and
Repair, which provides home repairs for low-income seniors;
Intergenerational Housing; Shopping Bus, which transports seniors
to obtain food and medical supplies; Moving; and Volunteer
Housing Forward (formerly West Suburban P.A.D.S.) $15,000
For Supportive Services, which provides homeless adults with Basic
services such as showers, laundry, storage, computer access, and
voicemail/mail services; and Case Management Services. A Nurse
Case Manager also provides medical care on-site, etc.
Housing Opportunity Development Corporation $ 10,000
Towards salary support of a FT Services Coordinator to bridge the
gap between low-income tenants, some of whom are disabled, who
live in supportive housing, with service providers in the northern
Housing Opportunities for Women $15,000
For general operating support. HOW provides a comprehensive
array of housing programs and supportive services. HOW is adding
50 units of Permanent Supportive Housing in 2019. Funds will be
used towards trauma-informed, strength-based case management,
Howard Brown Health Center $10,000
For renewal support of the Broadway Youth Center, a multi-agency
collaboration which provides LGBTQ and unstably housed youth
with comprehensive low-barrier medical care, behavioral health
services, homeless youth case management, etc.
Ignite (formerly Teen Living Programs) $15,000
For General Operating Support of TLP, which addresses the
immediate needs of youth, ages 14-24, experiencing homelessness,
and helps them achieve independence and stable housing.
La Casa Norte $10,000
For general operating support of this agency which serves youth
and families facing homelessness. Services include outreach,
emergency shelter, transitional housing, permanent supportive
housing, rapid rehousing, and financial education.
Lakeview Pantry $15,000
For general operating support. The Pantry distributes food and
provides social services such as case management, mental health
counseling, and assistance with housing, employment and medical
care for uninsured, underinsured and low-income individuals.
Lawndale Christian Legal Center $10,000
For MAC House Program, which provides young adults, age 18-24,
in North Lawndale who face chronic unemployment/homelessness,
with customized training in preparation for apprenticeship
programs with local unions, case management, etc.
Lawyers Committee for Better Housing $ 15,000
For the Eviction Diversion Program (EDP). Funds will be used
towards hiring a FT program coordinator position who will
screen tenants who may qualify for homeless prevention funds
and provides follow-up services. The position will also coordinate
the case management aspect of the program, liaise with court
officials and social service providers, and conduct community outreach.
Lincoln Park Community Shelter $15,000
For General Operating Support. The Shelter offers a drop-in
center, interim housing, permanent supportive housing, meals,
rental assistance, health care counseling, job assistance, case
management, referrals, etc., for individuals who are homeless.
Loaves and Fishes Community Pantry $10,000
For the CARES and Grocery Assistance Programs, which includes
emergency financial assistance and utility assistance; healthy food
selections, tailored food preparation for people with dietary needs,
nutrition education, etc.
LYTE Collective $15,000
For general operating support for youth facing poverty and
homelessness with a new community center. The center will provide
youth with a safe space while seeking assistance with housing,
health care, employment, legal services, counseling, etc.
Matthew House $10,000
For the Daytime Supportive Center, which provides homeless
individuals with case management, basic needs, job assistance,
healthcare, housing placement, and permanent supportive housing.
McGaw YMCA $10,000
For the Men's Residence Supportive Services Program, which
provides affordable housing to low-income men in Evanston.
Supportive services include case management, referrals for chronic
illnesses, addiction, health issues, aging, and accessing benefits.
New Moms $15,000
For General Operating Support to provide homeless youth with
children and high-risk adolescent mothers with food, housing and
healthcare. Services include linking mothers to education,
employment, stable independent housing, health care, etc.
The Night Ministry $20,000
For General Operating Support to meet the needs of homeless and
precariously housed individuals through Youth Services and Health
People's Resource Center $10,000
For Emergency Assistance and Social Services for DuPage County
families experiencing crisis situations. Services include emergency
financial assistance or access to benefits to prevent losing their
homes, assistance with finding housing, etc.
Primo Center for Women and Children $10,000
For Trauma-Informed Case Management and Mental Health
Services provided to families in its housing programs, including two
shelters and permanent supportive housing. Funds will be used
towards salary support of case managers and clinic staff.
Renaissance Collaborative $ 10,000
For General Operating Support of its affordable housing for
low-income seniors and the chronically homeless in Chicago's
Bronzeville neighborhood. In addition to SROs, Renaissance
offers supportive services such as case management,
employment training programs, life skills classes and referrals.
Renaissance Social Services $15,000
For general operating support of this homeless service provider.
Programs include the new Family Support Program, which will
provide Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH); new Street
Outreach Program, etc.
Sarah's Circle $15,000
For General Operating Support to support women who are
homeless or at-risk, to rebuild their lives. Comprehensive services
include Daytime Support Center, Clinical Services, Interim
Housing Program, Permanent Supportive Housing Program,etc.
Shelter, Inc. $10,000
For Emergency Group Homes, for children and teens age 11-17 in
crisis due to abuse, neglect or in need of supervision. Supportive
services include individual and group counseling, health
screenings, transportation to/from school, life skills etc.
South Suburban PADS $10,000
For General Operating Support. PADS provide individuals and
families who are at-risk or homeless with emergency shelter, meals,
rapid rehousing, permanent supportive housing as well as street
outreach and emergency prevention services, etc.
Southwest Chicago PADS $10,000
For Case Management Program for chronically homeless
individuals and housing insecure persons. Case managers assist
with furniture/household goods, assistance with
security deposits, access to eye exams, prescriptions, job training
and employment, etc
St. Leonard's Ministries $12,000
For General Operating Support of Grace House and St. Leonard's
Ministries interim housing and integrated care programs for
individuals recently released from prison.
Tasc Inc $10,000
For the Supportive Release Center, a partnership with the Cook
County Sheriff's Office, Heartland Alliance Health and UC Urban
Labs, to serve men leaving Cook County Jail with substance abuse,
mental health, and other health conditions.
Young Invincibles $10,000
Towards the Mental Health Services Map on the StreetLight
Chicago app, which will provide homeless youth with access to
mental health services. The map will geographically plot out the
location of providers delivering mental health services and support.
Total: 39 grants $469,500
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