During fiscal year 2022, the Blowitz-Ridgeway Foundation
received 137 applications and awarded 77 grants.
Health Care Services
HEALTH CARE SERVICES
Alternatives, Inc. $12,500
For Behavioral Health Services, which provides comprehensive
trauma informed counseling services in schools & at a
community based center, substance abuse treatment, crisis
intervention counseling for at risk youth from low income families in Chicago.
Anew: Building Beyond Violence & Abuse $10,000
For general operating support of its comprehensive coordinated
domestic violence services in the south suburbs. Services include
24 hour bilingual hotline, crisis intervention, emergency shelter,
transitional housing, individual and group counseling, etc.
Antioch Area Health Accessibility Alliance (AAHAA) $10,000
For General Operating Support. AAHAA links underserved
individuals in need of healthcare with healthcare providers in the
rural area Lake County. Funds will be used for Network Nurse
Program, which provides direct/personal support to individuals in need.
The Ark $15,000
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 $15,000
For Integrated Health Program, which provides bilingual primary
and mental healthcare services as well as intensive case management
services on site, in home and telehealth to low income African American
& Latino adults in multiple Chicago neighborhoods.
Between Friends $15,000
For General Operating Support. Between Friends provides
comprehensive counseling and support services for individuals
and families, as well as prevention education for both youth and
adults in Chicago's northside.
Center on Halsted $20,000
For the Behavioral Health Services, which provides LGBTQ+
community with comprehensive bilingual (English/Spanish)
therapeutic short term and long term individual, group family and
relationship therapies, and crisis support in Chicago.
The Community House aka Charlie's Gift $10,000
For Community Based Counseling Center, which provides
outpatient mental health care for uninsured low income residents
in DuPage. Funds are for trauma informed mental health services
focusing on youth/young adults utilizing evidence based interventions.
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 in Chicago. The Center
provides individual, group and family therapy as well as provides support.
Chicago Workers Collaborative $15,000
For the Working Families Protection Program, which utilizes a
community health worker approach to reaching workers at
manufacturing, hospitality, landscaping and other day laborer
sites in Kane, DuPage, Lake and Cook Counties.
Children's Research Triangle $10,000
For the Evaluation and Treatment Fund, which provides medical
and developmental/psychological evaluations, individual, family,
group psychotherapy, and medication management for low income
families. Funding would support 18 children and their families.
Connections for Abused Women and their Children (CAWC) $20,000
For General Operating Support. CAWC's comprehensive domestic
violence services include crisis intervention, shelter, safety
planning/assessment, legal and medical advocacy, individual and
group counseling for survivors of domestic violence in Chicago.
Crisis Center for South Suburbia $12,500
Grant in honor of Tony Dean. The Crisis Center provides safety,
hope and services to victims of domestic violence in the south
suburbs through emergency, interim and transitional housing;
individual and group counseling; legal and medical advocacy,
Crisis Center for South Suburbia $10,000
For general operating support. Crisis Center provides safety,
hope and services to victims of domestic violence in the south
suburbs through emergency, interim and transitional housing;
individual and group counseling; legal and medical advocacy, etc.
DuPage Health Coalition $12,000
For Access DuPage (AD) 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, therapy inpatient care, etc.) and medication.
Enlace Chicago $15,000
For the Community Health Worker led Access to Care Initiative, in
which trained public health workers assist community members in
Chicago's Little Village with enrolling in Medicaid, health
insurance, finding a medical home, etc.
Family Health Partnership Clinic $15,000
For General Operating Support. FHPC provides a medical home
for uninsured in McHenry County. They provide primary care, lab
tests, pharmacy, dental, mental health therapy, case management
services and onsite medical care at two area homeless shelters.
Family Rescue $15,000
General operating support of it programs which provide
comprehensive support services and shelter to victims of domestic
Gads Hill Center $10,000
For the Healthy Moves Program, which trains Health Promoters to
provide critical community education on health, nutrition and
mental wellness, and financial literacy. Funding will expand on
educating on COVID 19 information and importance of vaccinations.
Health & Medicine Policy Research Group $15,000
For the Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program, a year long
service learning program that helps graduate students in
healthcare professions design/implement innovative direct service
projects in underserved communities.
Independence Center INC. $10,000
For General Operating Support and Supplies. The Center provides
Lake County individuals with chronic mental illness with
inpatient and outpatient services, housing and transportation
assistance, and vocational support.
Infant Welfare Society of Chicago $10,000
For General Operating Support of the Angel Harvey Family Clinic,
which provides medical, dental, optometry, therapeutic, and
behavioral health services, and child development for low income,
uninsured families in Chicago.
IWS Children's Clinic $15,000
For General Operating Support. The Clinic is a full service
pediatric health clinic and medical home, providing medical,
dental, and behavioral health services and social support services
for children in the west side of Chicago, and Cook/DuPage County.
Juvenile Protective Association $10,000
For the Treatment & Counseling Program in 16 schools in North
Lawndale, and west and south side neighborhoods in Chicago.
The Program includes Relationship based individual and small
group therapy, Therapist led psycho educational classroom groups, etc.
Mobile CARE Chicago $12,000
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.
Mutual Ground $10,000
For General Operating Support. Mutual Ground is the only service
provider of domestic and sexual violence services in Aurora and
Kane County. Services include emergency shelter, counseling,
24 hour crisis hotline, hospital and legal advocacy, etc.
NAMI of Dupage County $10,000
For General Operating Support. Nami provides support and
education programs for families and individuals living with mental
National Foundation Of Dentistry For The Handicapped $10,000
For the Chicago Donated Dental Services Program for Chicago
area residents. The Program works with volunteer dentists to
provide comprehensive dental care to elderly, disabled/medically
fragile who are unable to afford dental treatment.
Old Irving Park Community Clinic $15,000
For General Operating Support. Funds will cover expenses
incurred to provide free, quality primary and behavioral health
care to uninsured and underserved low income individuals in
Chicago's northwest side.
Organizing Neighborhoods for Equality: Northside aka ONE Northside $10,000
For the Mental Health Justice Campaign, which works with
people living with mental illness to educate the broader
community and break down the stigma of mental illness. Funds
will be used toward salary support for a community organizer.
Refugee One $15,000
For general operating support of its programs which create
opportunities for refugees fleeing war, terror, and persecution to
build new lives of safety, dignity, and self reliance.
For General Operating Support. Resilience empowers people and
communities to help prevent sexual violence and provides a full
range of services to decrease trauma and support healing, such as
follow up health care, trauma informed therapy.
Sarah's Inn $15,000
For the Intervention Program, which provides Advocacy and
Counseling to victims of domestic violence in the west side of
Chicago and near western suburbs. Services include emergency
support and assistance, legal services and counseling, etc.
Sargent Shriver National Center On Poverty Law $15,000
For Reaching the Remaining Uninsured & Keeping the Newly
Insured in Coverage Project. The Center will conduct trainings,
technical assistance public education, outreach on four
programs: coverage for low income noncitizens, etc.
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.
Turning Point $15,000
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, etc.
UCP Seguin Services $10,000
For the Oral Health Care Program for low income adults with
Intellectual Developmental Disabilities at the Adult Residential
Services in the west suburbs of Chicago. The Program includes
exams, cleanings, x rays, extractions, fillings, crowns, etc.
Young Invincibles $10,000
For the Health Care Program, including Mental Health needs of
young adults. Working in partnership with NAMI Chicago, the
program will target higher education institutions to ensure
students' mental health needs are being met.
Youth Crossroads $15,000
For General Operating Support. The agency provides trauma
informed individual/group counseling support programs to teens
in Cicero and Berwyn school districts. Counseling services are
designed to help youth deal with anger, trauma, and other issues.
Youth & Opportunity United $10,000
Request restricted to Mental Health Program. The Mental Health
Services is particularly unique as they provide free mental health
services at safe and familiar school locations; draw on
partnerships between community, school, and institutional resources.
Youth Outreach Services $15,000
For general operating support of its programs which help at risk
youth in the Chicago area to reach their potential. Programs
include counseling, child welfare and prevention services which
help youth and families develop the skills/opportunities.
Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center $15,000
For General Operating Support. ZCenter provides comprehensive
services for survivors of sexual violence and abuse in Lake County.
Services include a 24 hour hotline, trauma informed counseling,
medical/legal advocacy, prevention education, etc.
Total 42 grants $544,000
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Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center $15,000
For the West Garfield Park Supportive Housing and Employment
Program Expansion, which integrates permanent supportive and
emergency housing behavioral health treatment, and health and
nutrition for low income adults and families.
All Chicago Making Homelessness History $20,000
For the All Chicago Emergency Fund for Agencies. Funds could
be used towards, for example, Mental Health Counseling, hiring
staff, transportation, technology, or cover expenses related to the
pandemic that is not covered by grants.
Beds Plus Care $15,000
For General Operating Support. Beds Plus provides
evidence based services to individuals and families experiencing
homelessness in Southwest Suburban Cook County. Services
include Stabilization Services and Homelessness Prevention
The Boulevard of Chicago $17,000
For General Operating Support to provide transitional housing
and support services for Chicago homeless adults discharged from
the hospital with acute medical needs and prepare them for
Casa Central $15,000
For LaPosada Transitional/Interim Housing Program, which
provides low income families in Chicago with short term housing
with bilingual and cultural responsive support services. Each
family is assigned a case manager who will assist with their needs.
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet $10,000
For Transitional Housing (TH) and Tenant Based Rental
Assistance (TBRA) Programs. TH Program serves homeless families
with minor children, and TBRA is a rapid rehousing program that
addresses immediate needs of chronically homeless
The Center of Concern $12,500
For General Operating Support. The agency addresses multiple
housing needs of individuals and families in suburban Cook
County. Services include Rapid Rehousing/Transitional Housing
Program, case management, emergency rental/mortgage
Christian Outreach of Lutherans $15,000
For the Family Housing Program, a transitional housing program
for homeless families with children in Lake County. Families must
demonstrate the potential to obtain permanent housing in 12 18
months by adhering to a structured plan with specific goals.
Connections for the Homeless $15,000
For General Operating Support. Funding will help with expansion
efforts for eviction prevention, shelter, housing, advocacy, and
implement program improvements for homeless individuals and
families in north suburban Cook County.
Deborah's Place $17,500
For General Operating Support. Deborah's Place provides
housing and comprehensive supportive services to chronically
homeless women in Chicago. Funding is needed to help expand
programs and increase the number of women served.
DuPage PADS $15,000
For Emergency Housing & Stabilizing Services, which provides
supportive services to individuals and families staying in
hotel placed housing in DuPage. Funds will be used toward salary
support of a case manager working with hotel placed families.
Franciscan Outreach Association $20,000
For General Operating Support of its programs and services,
which include Emergency Shelters, Transitional Housing Program
(Streets to Home Initiative/Interim Housing), case management,
financial assistance fund, meals, access to health care, and more.
The Harbour $15,000
For General Operating Support of its programs which provide
immediate, stable and safe housing to homeless young people and
young mothers with children in north and northwest suburban
Cook County. Services include emergency shelter, trauma
Howard Brown Health Center $15,000
For the Broadway Youth Center, a drop in center for LGBTQ and
unstably housed youth in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood, with
services in the south side. The Center provides comprehensive low
barrier medical care, behavioral health services, etc.
For General Operating Support. Ignite provides homeless youth,
age 14 24, in Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood with
comprehensive services, such as emergency & transitional
housing, Street and Community Outreach, case management,
employment support, etc.
Inspiration Corporation $10,000
For the Housing Program, which provides individuals and families
in Chicago who are experiencing homelessness with access to
housing and rental support. Program includes transitional,
permanent supportive housing, and supportive services.
Journeys The Road Home $6,000
For General Operating Support. To provide shelter, social services
and affordable housing to those experiencing homelessness in
north/northwest suburban Cook. Services include Emergency
Shelter, Day Program, mental health & vocational counseling, etc.
Kids Above All $10,000
For the Emerge Program, which provides homeless youth, ages
18 24, in Chicago with subsidized temporary housing and
supportive services. Services include trauma informed individual
case management, therapeutic individual and group counseling,
La Casa Norte $15,000
For General Operating Support. La Casa Norte serves youth and
families facing homelessness in Chicago. Services include
emergency shelter, rapid rehousing, transitional housing,
permanent supportive housing, counseling, health care, rental
Lake County Haven $15,000
For General Operating Support to continue providing homeless
women and their children in Lake County with shelter,
transitional housing, counseling/mental health support, access to
medical care, life skills training, career services, financial ed, etc.
Law Center for Better Housing (formerly Lawyers Committee for $15,000
For the Tenant Supportive Services, which provide integrated
social service case management to renters in Chicago facing
eviction with the goal of keeping them stably housed and avoiding
Lazarus House $10,000
For General Operating Support. Lazarus House is the only
emergency shelter and transitional housing program in central
Kane County serving homeless men, women and children. Services
include Immediate needs shelter, food, health care); Case
Margaret's Village $15,000
For General Operating Support. The agency operates Maria's
Shelter, a 50 bed interim shelter for women and children in
Englewood; Believe is a 50 bed interim facility for families in
South Chicago; and Vincennes Senior Center for low income
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 conditions and mental illness, job training, and Tenant
New Moms $15,000
For General Operating Support. New Moms serves young mothers
in need of housing stability in Chicago and near western suburbs.
Programs include housing and support, job training, classroom
training, home based parent coaching, prenatal/parent support
The Night Ministry $15,000
For General Operating Support to meet the needs of homeless
adults and youth in Chicago through Youth Services and Health
Outreach. Services include the Health Outreach Bus, Street
Medicine Team, Youth Outreach Team, Crib Overnight Emergency
Northwest Compass $10,000
For Homelessness Prevention, which aims to provide timely
intervention and assistance to people experiencing housing crisis,
reduce the rate of unsheltered homeless individuals in the
Northwest Cook County Suburbs.
Nourishing Hope $15,000
For General Operating Support. Hunger is often connected to
unemployment, homelessness, and mental health, the Pantry
provides groceries and social services to Chicago's Lakeview
area. Services include, job training and search, access to
People's Resource Center $10,000
For the Social Services Program, which supports families in
DuPage County who are experiencing crises with financial
assistance and at risk of homelessness. The Center provides direct
financial assistance such as rent, security deposits.
Primo Center for Women and Children $15,000
For General Operating Support. The Center provides housing and
services to families who are homeless in Chicago's Austin and
Englewood neighborhoods. Services include comprehensive
behavioral/medical health treatment, which addresses trauma
Public Action to Deliver Shelter dba Hesed House $10,000
For General operating support. Hesed House has two on site
shelter programs as well as supportive housing programs both
on site and in the community.
Renaissance Collaborative $15,000
For General Operating Support of its affordable housing for
low income seniors and chronically homeless in Chicago's
Bronzeville neighborhood. In addition to SROs, Renaissance offers
supportive services such as case management, employment
Renaissance Social Services $15,000
For General Operating Support. Programs serving homeless
individuals and families in Chicago's west side include Street
Outreach, rapid re housing, mental health drop in center, a new
short term supportive housing program, homeless prevention, etc.
South Suburban PADS $32,500
For General Operating Support. Programs & Services include
Prevention (emergency funds), Street Outreach, Emergency
Shelter, Rapid Rehousing, Permanent Supportive Housing, and
Supportive Services for homeless individuals/families in south
Transitional Living Services dba TLS Veterans $10,000
Original request was for Veterans Community Action Team, which
employs veterans to donated furniture, household items & meals to
homeless veterans in transitional housing. Grant restricted to New
Horizons, a 20 bed transitional housing shelter/program.
Total 35 grants $503,000
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