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During fiscal year 2021, the Blowitz-Ridgeway Foundation
received 145 applications and awarded 78 grants.

Health Care Services


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

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 Alliance (AAHAA) $10,000
For General Operating Support. The agency links 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.

Apna Ghar, Inc. (Our Home) $15,000
For General Operating Support. Apna Ghar provides comprehensive culturally competent services, outreach and advocacy services to immigrant and non immigrant women experiencing domestic violence and other gender violence in Chicago.

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.

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.

BUILD, Inc. $10,000
For the Community Mental Health Services Program, which addresses mental health/substance abuse needs of youth and families impacted by violence and trauma in Chicago's south and west side communities.

Center on Halsted (formerly Horizons Community Services) $20,000
For general operating support of its services which support the LGBTQ community including Behavioral Health Services, comprehensive therapeutic short term and long term services, group therapy, crisis support, etc.

The Community House aka Charlie's Gift $10,000
For the Community Based Counseling Center, which provides outpatient mental health care for uninsured low income residents in DuPage County. Services include individual, couples, family and group counseling, and parent education.

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

Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women's Network $15,000
For the new Access to Housing Program, which includes Emergency Rental Assistance Program and Rapid Rehousing Program, which works with member organizations to address the increased housing insecurity of domestic violence survivors post pandemic.

Chinese American Service League $15,000
For the Client Advocacy Unit, a pilot program to assess and address the health care needs of immigrant Chinese community in the Chinatown neighborhood in Chicago. The program will lay the foundation for a FQHC.

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

Crisis Center for South Suburbia $10,000
For General Operating Support. 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, etc

DuPage Health Coalition $10,000
For the 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, 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 Shelter Service of Metropolitan Family Services DuPage $10,000
For general operating support of its programs which help victims of domestic violence rebuild their lives.

Gads Hill Center $7,500
For general operating support of its programs which create opportunities for children and their families to build a better life through education, access to resources and community engagement.

Healthcare Alternative Systems $10,000
For General Operating Support. Agency provides culturally tailored services, such as individual counseling, post partum depression counseling, transitional housing, residential treatment programs, substance abuse treatment, & domestic violence counseling.

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

Heartland Alliance $20,000
For General Operating Support of the Kovler Center, which provide critical trauma informed services to individuals, unaccompanied children, and families affected by forced migration. This includes physical and mental healthcare, case management, etc.

Heartland Health Centers $20,000
For General Operating Support of this FQHC. HHC will deliver care within the context of COVID 19 (and with the Delta variant now looming as a major new risk), it seeks to sustain service capacity both in person and via telehealth and respond innovatively.

House Of The Good Shepherd Chicago $7,500
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.

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/youth, from birth to 18, as well as prenatal and women's health.

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, Cook/DuPage County.

National Foundation Of Dentistry For The Handicapped $10,000
For Donated Dental Services (DDS) program, which works in partnership with a statewide volunteer network of dentists to provide comprehensive dental care to elderly, disabled/medically fragile who are unable to afford dental treatment in the Chicago area.

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.

Project Vision $10,000
For general operating support of its programs which help youth of Chicago’s Chinatown, Bridgeport, and surrounding communities achieve their full potentials by providing them with tools for educational, personal, and civic development.

Refugee One $15,000
For general operating support of its programs which create opportunites for refugees fleeing war, terror, and persecution to build new lives of safety, dignity, and self reliance.

Sargent Shriver National Center On Poverty Law $15,000
For the Reaching the Uninsured & Keeping Newly Insured in Coverage. The Program will provide training, public education and outreach on coverage for low income seniors, immigrant access to public benefits, Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act, etc.

Suburban Primary Health Care Council dba Access to Care $15,000
For General Operating Support. Access to Care enables low income uninsured individuals, or individuals with high deductibles, in Suburban Cook County and northwest Chicago, to receive basic health care services.

Syrian Community Network Inc $10,000
For Refugee Medical Case Management. Funding will be used towards salary of a new, full time medical case manager, who will conduct outreach for medical case management services, coordinate plans of care for refugees with medical needs,& ensure follow up.

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 include primary care screenings, dental exams and treatment, medication assistance, etc.

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 Oral Health Care Program, for adults with developmental disabilities, which provides exams, cleanings, x rays, fillings, extractions, crowns, prophylactic treatments, and follow up visits. Funding would allow 19 participants to receive oral care.

Well Child Center $15,000
For the Pediatric Dental Clinic and First Tooth Program, which seeks to eliminate early childhood caries in the Elgin area/northern Kane County. Funds will be used towards oral health education, PPE supplies for staff and patient families, etc.

WINGS Program $15,000
For general operating support of its programs for victims of domestic violence. Programs include emergency shelter, transitional/permanent and emergency housing.

Youth & Opportunity United (formerly Youth Organizations Umbrella) $10,000
For General Operating Support. YOU integrates mental health counseling into all youth and family programs serving youth and young adults in near north suburban Cook County.

YWCA Evanston/North Shore $15,000
For Bridges, a Long Term Supportive Housing Program for survivors of domestic violence and their children in Evanston and northeast Cook County. Participants staying at 16 unit building receive supportive services such as individual/group counseling.

YWCA of Lake County $10,000
For the Health and Human Services Program, which strives to improve the health and wellness of the uninsured and low income residents through Health Education, Screenings and Diagnostics, Referrals for Treatment and Services, and Follow up Care.

Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center (formerly LaCASA) $10,000
For Direct Client Services, Prevention, Counseling and Advocacy Services for sexual assault survivors in Lake County. Funds will be used to virtually modify/strengthen counseling services especially for children, prevention education for students, etc.

Zion Benton Children's Service $10,000
For General Operating Support of Lind Memorial Dental Clinic, a full service dental clinic for school age children from low income families in the Zion, Beach Park, & Winthrop area in Lake County. Clinic provides routine preventative care.

Total 42 grants $542,500.00

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Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center $10,000
For Harm Reduction Supportive Housing Program, which addresses the needs of low income, uninsured individuals and chronically homeless who have a history of substance abuse by providing clinical case management and Medication Assisted Treatment services.

Beds Plus Care $15,000
For general operating support of its programs which help vulnerable individuals stabilize their lives through housing and supportive services.

The Boulevard of Chicago (Formerly Interfaith House) $15,000
For General Operating Support. Funds will be used to provide transitional housing and support services for Chicago homeless adults discharged from the hospital with acute medical needs and prepare them for independent living.

Bridge Communities $15,000
For general operating support of its programs which transition homeless families to self sufficiency by working with partners to provide mentoring, housing, and supportive services.

Casa Central $15,000
For the 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 and Tenant Based Rental Programs. Transitional Housing (TH) is a program for homeless families with minor children. TBRA (Tenant Based Rental Assistance) Project is a rapid rehousing program addressing the immediate housing crisis

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless $15,000
For general operating support of its programs which leads strategic campaigns, community outreach, and public policy initiatives that target the lack of affordable housing in metropolitan Chicago and across Illinois.

Chicago Lights $10,000
For the Social Service Center's Housing Opportunities Program, a 3 year Pilot Program which provides rental subsidies and intensive case management for up to three selected participants in Chicago.

Deborah's Place $15,000
For general operating support of its programs which provide supportive housing and services for homeless women.

DuPage PADS $15,000
For general operating support of its interim and permanent housing, and support services in order to help individuals work toward becoming self sufficient.

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.

Franciscan Outreach Association $15,000
For general operating support of its programs which include Emergency Shelters, Transitional Housing Program (Streets to Home Initiative and Interim Housing), case management, financial assistance fund, meals, access to health care, and more.

H.O.M.E. $10,000
For its affordable housing and housing support services for seniors with low incomes in Chicago. H.O.M.E. has three affordable intergenerational buildings where seniors choose between private apartments or, for those who desire more support and a family-like setting, communal living residences with private rooms. In their buildings, all older adult residents have access to social services and engagement opportunities, and families with children and young adults live alongside older adults.

The Harbour $15,300
For general operating support of its programs which provide immediate, stable and safe housing to homeless young people and young mothers with children. They provide nutritious meals; services and support for continued education and employment, etc.

Home of the Sparrow $15,000
For general operating support of its programs which reduce homelessness among women and children through creative strategies and community partnerships, resulting in lasting self sufficiency.

Housing Forward (formerly West Suburban P.A.D.S.) $15,000
For general operating support of its homelessness prevention programs. Programs include emergency assistance, interim housing, permanent supportive housing, medical and legal clinics, rapid re housing, etc.

Housing Opportunities for Women $15,000
For General Operating Support. HOW provides permanent supportive housing for individuals and families experiencing chronic homelessness and/or with a documented disability in Chicago's Rogers Park neighborhood.

Impact Behavioral Health Partners (formerly Housing Options for the $15,000
For General Operating Support. Impact provides adults living with chronic mental illness and homelessness in Evanston/surrounding area with both permanent supportive and wrap around services, such as housing, clinical services and employment assistance.

Inspiration Corporation $10,000
For the Housing Program, which provides individuals and families in Chicago who are experiencing homelessness with access to housing and ongoing rental support. Program includes transitional, permanent supportive housing, and supportive services, etc.

KAN WIN (Korean American Women in Need) $20,000
For the Transitional Housing Program, which provides Asian American survivors of domestic violence in Cook and Lake Counties with emergency and transitional housing assistance, financial education and job skills training.

Kids Above All (formerly ChildServ) $7,500
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, etc.

Lake County Haven $15,000
For General Operating Support to continue providing homeless women and their children with shelter, transitional housing, counseling and mental health support, access to medical care, life skills training, career services, financial education, etc.

Latin United Community Housing Association (LUCHA) $15,000
For the Resident Services Program, which provides culturally and linguistically appropriate supportive services to its affordable housing tenant base and local residents in the northwest side of Chicago.

Lawyers Committee for Better Housing $15,000
For Eviction Prevention by CERA (Court based Emergency Rental Assistance) Program, which provides integrated legal/social case management to Chicago renters facing eviction to keeping them stably housed by resolving unpaid rent and avoiding costly trials.

Lincoln Park Community Shelter $15,000
For General Operating Support. The Shelter provides homeless individuals in Chicago with a drop in center, interim and 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 of its programs which provide healthy food and promote self sufficiency.

Mercy Housing Lakefront $12,500
For 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 Leadership.

The Night Ministry $15,000
For General Operating Support to meet the needs of homeless adults and youth through Youth Services and Health Outreach. Services include Outreach Bus, Street Medicine, Youth Housing, Parenting youth housing, etc.

North Side Housing & Supportive Services (formerly Lakeview $15,000
For General Operating Support. Funds will be used towards programs and comprehensive services for individuals facing homelessness in Chicago. Programs include Permanent Supportive Housing, Integrated Health Services, Housing System Navigation, etc.

PADS Lake County $15,000
For general operating support of its programs which provides comprehensive programs and services for people experiencing homelessness. Programs include Outreach, Prevention and Diversion, Emergency Overnight Shelter, Day Resource Center, etc.

People's Resource Center $10,000
For the Social Services Program, which exists to support families in DuPage County experiencing crises with financial assistance, in depth social services support, and referrals to other community providers to help them avoid homelessness.

Respond Now $15,000
For General Operating Support to provide health, hunger and housing services in the South Suburbs. Programs include a food pantry, SNAP outreach, homelessness prevention, housing counseling, supportive housing, aid with prescription medication, etc.

Sarah's Circle $15,000
For General Operating Support of women who are homeless/at risk of being homeless in Chicago. 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 $20,000
For General Operating Support. They provide Prevention (emergency rent and utility funds), Street Outreach, Emergency Shelter, Rapid Rehousing, Permanent Supportive Housing, Supportive Services for homeless individuals and families in S. Suburban Cook.

Southside Center of Hope (formerly St. Martin de Porres House of $15,000
For General Operating Support of this residential recovery home 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.

Total 36 grants $500,300

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