April 2018 Newsletter
Two New Projects Inspire Community Changemaking
Our community recently celebrated the launch of two important regional assets: the grand opening of Beds Plus’ Ogden Avenue Supportive Housing and HCS Family Services’ new Willowbrook Food Pantry at Anne M. Jeans Elementary School. Both projects are rooted in collaboration and strengthen the “safety net” for residents throughout our service area.
The new Beds Plus facility provides 20 units of permanent supportive housing to qualifying chronically homeless within the Foundation’s service area. It also includes a daytime support center that provides meals, case management, support groups and job readiness activities.
The Willowbrook Food Pantry at Anne M. Jeans Elementary is open every Wednesday from 5-6:30 PM and is one of only three school-based pantries in Illinois. The project is credited to the partnership of several community organizations, including HCS Family Services, Northern Illinois Food Bank and School District 180.
Both projects exemplify the Foundation’s commitment to address the effects of poverty on health by providing for basic needs, including access to nutritious food, homelessness prevention and promotion of self-sufficiency.
Applications for Management Association Membership Due April 20th
Community Memorial Foundation partners with the Management Association to provide grantees with a range of human resources services, including training, legal support and employee benefits services. All nonprofit organizations that have previously received a grant from the Foundation are eligible to apply for this sponsored membership.
Up to six organizations will be selected for the program and applications for the current cycle are due Friday, April 20th at 5:00 PM. Please click here to learn more and submit an application.
Creating a Trauma-Informed Community: A Learning Symposium on Mental Health Well-Being in the Western Suburbs
July 10, 2018 | La Grange Country Club
As part of our Regional Health and Human Services Agenda, we will look at what defines a trauma-informed community and how we can work together to collaboratively and consistently promote mental health and wellness in our region.
Save-the-date for this important day-long summit that will present best practices of the trauma-informed approach and help cross-sector participants create a framework for action.
Details and invitation to follow.