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May 2017 Newsletter


On Friday, April 21st, friends and supporters of BEDS Plus gathered to break ground on its new Ogden Avenue Supportive Housing facility. Community Memorial Foundation helped fund the project, which will house BEDS Plus’s administrative offices and daytime support center, and also includes 20 units of permanent supportive housing for the chronically homeless living within the Lyons Township community.

Foundation President Greg DiDomenico spoke at the event, noting that it was “a celebration of our community – the best of who we are. A community where everyone feels a sense of belonging; a place where our individual needs and the needs of all are neighbors are being met; a community with shared vision and goals.”

The Foundation proudly supports this new community asset, which complements a strategic Priority and Value of the Regional Health and Human Service Agenda: to create communities with better incomes, jobs, education and housing, and to support our neighbors with health, social and economic barriers. Read more about the Agenda here.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and Community Memorial Foundation would like to acknowledge our continued commitment to supporting behavioral health services throughout our community.

If you would like to join the effort, please consider taking a Mental Health First Aid Class. These classes are offered throughout our community and are free of charge. Attendees will learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help.

For those experiencing elevated mental health symptoms, The Living Room in La Grange continues to provide hope and healing. Open 365 days/year, it is an alternative to the emergency department and provides a calm, safe space where individuals can receive support. The Living Room is free of charge and does not require insurance.

Please also visit for a complete listing of community and hospital-based behavioral health services offered within our local area.

Community Memorial Foundation thanks our many grantee partners who provide behavioral health services throughout our community and remind us that there is help and there is hope.

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