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During fiscal year 2023, the Blowitz-Ridgeway Foundation
received 136 applications and awarded 72 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 two year program provides therapeutic and supportive services such as case management.

Association House of Chicago $15,000
For Integrated Health Program, which provides bilingual primary/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.

Center on Halsted $20,000
For the Behavioral Health Services, which provides LGBTQ+ community in Chicago with comprehensive bilingual (English/Spanish) therapeutic short term and long term individual, group family and relationship therapies, and crisis support in Chicago.

Chicago Children's Advocacy Center $15,000
For Family Hope Center, which provides evidenced based trauma informed therapy for children & families impacted by child sexual abuse and other trauma in Chicago. CAC provides individual, group and family therapy as well as provides supportive services.

Chicago Coalition To Save Our Mental Health Centers $10,000
For Conducting Mental Health Needs Assessments for two EMHSP (Expanded Mental Health Services Programs) Areas. The assessments will identify the unmet mental health needs and define services to be provided at the incoming community mental health center.

Chicago Workers Collaborative $15,000
For Health Equity/Access Program. Program serves Latinx undocumented immigrants and their families who work in low wage jobs. Program provides health outreach, education and access to medical care/health insurance, and workplace health/safety education.

Children's Research Triangle $10,000
For the Evaluation and Treatment Fund which provides medical and psychological evaluations, individual, family and group psychotherapy, and medication management for low income families in community based settings in Chicago and Cook County area.

Chinese American Service League $15,000
For the Client Advocacy Unit, part of the Behavioral Health and Clinical Services program to assess and address the rising mental health needs of immigrant Chinese community in the surrounding Chinatown neighborhood in Chicago.

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.

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 neighborhood with accessing the healthcare system.

Family Rescue $15,000
For General Operating Support of comprehensive services for domestic violence survivors and their children in Chicago's south side. Services include crisis intervention, supportive housing, individual and group counseling, financial literacy, etc.

Family Service and Mental Health Center of Cicero $15,000
For Improving Local Access to Mental Health. The Center provides community based bilingual/bicultural (Spanish) mental health care services for low income individuals and families in Cicero and adjacent towns.

Family Shelter Service of Metropolitan Family Services DuPage $10,000
For General Operating Support. FSS provides comprehensive services for survivors of domestic violence in DuPage County. Services include an emergency shelter, trauma informed counseling, case management, court advocacy, outreach, 24/7 hotline, etc.

Gads Hill Center $10,000
For Healthy Moves Program, which trains Health Promoters to provide critical community education on health, nutrition and mental wellness, and financial literacy. Funding will continue to educate 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.

Healthcare Alternative Systems $10,000
For General Operating Support. The community counseling and treatment Center provides bilingual therapeutic and substance abuse counseling services.

Healthy Schools Campaign $10,000
For Transforming School Health Services, which 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, now residing in Chicago and surrounding Cook County suburbs.

Indian American Medical Association $10,000
General Operating Support. The free health clinic provides basic health care, including prescription medications and lab work for uninsured, underinsured, low income populations in Chicago's West Ridge, Albany Park and Edgewater communities.

Infant Welfare Society of Chicago $15,000
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.

Juvenile Protective Association $10,000
North Lawndale, and west/south side neighborhoods in Chicago. The Program includes Relationship based individual/small group therapy, Therapist led psycho educational classroom groups, etc.

Mobile CARE Chicago $12,000
For General Operating Support. Mobile Care provides no cost medical and preventative care, education, and support to low income children and families within their neighborhoods aboard mobile medical clinics.

Mutual Ground $15,000
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.

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.

The Network: Advocating Against Domestic Violence $15,000
For the Housing Advocacy Program, which works to increase the number of housing units available to survivors of domestic violence in the Chicago area. Funds will be used toward support

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.

Refugee One $20,000
For the Wellness Program for Refugee Youth, which addresses the mental health needs of youth in Chicago's West Ridge neighborhood. Youth, age 6 18, receive culturally and linguistically appropriate trauma informed care, individual and group therapy, etc.

Resilience $20,000
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.

Sargent Shriver National Center On Poverty Law $15,000
For Reaching the Remaining Uninsured & Keeping the Newly Insured in Coverage Project. They will conduct trainings, technical assistance public education, outreach on 4 programs.

United Cerebral Palsy Seguin of Greater Chicago $10,000
For the Oral Health Care Program for Low Income Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities at the Adult Residential Services in the west suburbs of Chicago. The Program includes exams, cleanings, x rays, filings, extractions, crowns, etc.

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.

Will Grundy Medical Clinic $15,000
For General Operating Support of this free health care clinic which provides comprehensive medical and dental care through volunteer doctors, dentists, and specialty physicians. Services include lab tests, medications, and wellness services, etc.

WINGS Program $15,000
For General Operating Support of its programs for victims of domestic violence in northwest suburban Cook County/southwest Chicago. Services include emergency shelter, transitional/permanent and rapid rehousing, counseling, medical and legal advocacy.

Youth Crossroads $15,000
For the Community Counseling Program. Youth Crossroads provides trauma informed individual and group counseling services in English and Spanish to low-income youth in Cicero, Berwyn, and other near west suburbs. Funds will be used towards the salary of a Community Counselor to work with youth who live outside of Cicero.

Youth & Opportunity United (formerly Youth Organizations Umbrella) $10,000
For Mental Health Counseling Services, which provides low income youth, ages 8 22, in Evanston/Skokie with school based year round therapeutic and preventative services. Services include trauma informed care, crisis intervention, family, counseling, etc.

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 and legal advocacy, prevention education, etc.

Total 36 grants $507,000

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Beds Plus Care $15,000
For General Operating Support. Beds provides housing and stabilization services to individuals and families in Southwest Suburban Cook County who are homeless. Programs and services include prevention, housing for families, street outreach, etc.

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 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 the Transitional Housing and Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) Programs in DuPage County. Program serves homeless families with minor children. TBRA is a rapid rehousing program addressing chronically homeless individuals and families.

The Center of Concern $12,500
For the Housing Services, which addresses multiple housing needs of individuals and families in north suburban Cook County. Services include Rapid Rehousing/Transitional Housing Program, case management, emergency rental/mortgage assistance, etc.

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless $15,000
For the Youth Futures Legal Clinic, which provides legal aid and representation to students and youth experiencing homelessness in Chicago. Services include assistance with accessing public benefits, identification documents, legal needs and more.

Connections for the Homeless $20,000
For General Operating Support. Programs and services include eviction prevention, daytime drop in centers, shelter, housing, advocacy, and expanded services for homeless individuals and families in Evanston and surrounding north suburban Cook County.

Crossroads Fund $15,000
Mutual Aid Pooled Fund Grant (Emergency Grant)

Deborah's Place $17,500
For General Operating Support. Deborah's Place provides housing and comprehensive supportive services to chronically homeless women in Chicago. Services include Interim/Permanent Supportive Housing, comprehensive support services, case management, etc.

DuPage PADS $15,000
For General Operating Support. PADS provides individuals and families experiencing homelessness in DuPage County with access to stabilizing services. Funds would be used towards one case manager's salary.

Facing Forward $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 $20,000
For General Operating Support. They provide emergency shelter, transitional housing, rapid rehousing, case management, meals, financial assistance, access to health care, and more, for individuals who are homeless.

H.O.M.E. $10,000
For Intergenerational Housing Program, which provides a family like support system in addition to affordable housing for low income seniors, families and children, and young adults who work as Resident Assistants/RA. RAs assist seniors with misc chores.

Home of the Sparrow $15,000
For General Operating Support. HOS provides women and children who are homelessness in McHenry County with shelter, transitional housing, counseling, specialized case management, and employment assistance.

Housing Forward $15,000
For General Operating. They provide people experiencing homelessness in west suburban Cook with emergency shelter, interim housing, permanent housing, rapid rehousing, medical/legal clinics, case management, employment readiness, and medical respite.

Ignite $15,000
For General Operating Support. They provide homeless youth, age 14 24, in the Bronzeville neighborhood with comprehensive services, such as emergency & transitional housing, Street/Community Outreach, case management, employment support, aftercare, etc.

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.

Journeys The Road Home $15,000
For General Operating Support to provide shelter, social services and affordable housing to individuals and families experiencing homelessness in north/northwest suburban Cook. Supportive services include Emergency Shelter, Day Program, etc

KAN WIN (Korean American Women in Need) $20,000
For General Operating Support. Programs include multi lingual crisis hotline, legal clinic, advocacy, transitional housing, emergency hotel stay, counseling, art therapy, support groups, childrens program, transportation, community education/outreach.

Lake County Haven $15,000
For General Operating Support. Lake County Haven provides women and their children who are homeless with shelter, transitional housing, counseling, mental health support, access to medical care, life skills training, and more.

Lazarus House $15,000
For General Operating Support. Lazarus House provides emergency shelter, and transitional living for homeless individuals/families in Kane County. Services include case management, food, education/employment coaching, linkages to medical/dental. etc.

Margaret's Village $15,500
For General Operating Support. The agency operates Maria's Shelter, a 50 bed interim shelter for women/children; Believe is a 50 bed interim facility for families in South Chicago; and Vincennes Senior Center for low income seniors in Englewood.

Matthew House $15,000
For General Operating Support. They provide daytime shelter, permanent supportive housing, health screening, case management services and food to individuals/families who are or at risk of becoming homeless in the Douglas neighborhood of Chicago.

McHenry County PADS/Pioneer Center for Human Services $10,000
For 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 serves new residents in its Permanent Supportive Housing communities in Chicago. Services include tailored case management, physical and mental health referrals, onsite mental health, etc.

New Moms $15,000
For General Operating Support. They serve 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, etc.

North Side Housing & Supportive Services $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.

Northwest Compass $10,000
For Housing and Supportive Services for individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness in northwest suburban Cook County. Services include counseling, immediate short term rent assistance, transitional living and rapid rehousing program, etc.

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 healthcare etc.

Primo Center for Women and Children $15,000
For General Operating Support. The Center provides housing & services to families who are homeless in Chicago's Austin and Englewood neighborhoods. Services include comprehensive behavioral and mental health treatment which addresses trauma experienced.

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.

Respond Now $15,000
For General Operating Support. They provide health, hunger and housing services to low income individuals and families in Chicago's South Suburbs. Programs include a food pantry, SNAP outreach, homelessness prevention, housing counseling, 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 $15,000
For General Operating Support of the 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. Programs & Services include Prevention (emergency 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, which assists formerly incarcerated women and men in Cook County work to improve critical areas of their lives and achieve successful reentry.

Total 36 grants $538,000

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