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During fiscal year 2022, the Blowitz-Ridgeway Foundation
received 137 applications and awarded 77 grants.

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, etc.

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 violence.

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 health conditions.

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.

Resilience $15,000
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, 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 program, Etc.

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 independent living.

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 individuals/families.

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 assistance, etc.

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 informed, etc.

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.

Ignite $15,000
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, etc.

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 assistance etc.

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 court.

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 management.

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 seniors.

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 Leadership.

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 etc.

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 Shelter, etc.

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 healthcare etc.

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 experienced.

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 training, etc.

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 suburban Cook.

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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