During the second quarter of 2015, the Coleman Foundation approved six grants totaling over $1.75 million dollars in support of initiatives in human services programs. These grants advance strategies described in the Foundation's Disabilities Impact Plan. Among those receiving grants in this program area are:
Aspiritech NFP, Highwood, IL
$280,000 to develop a robust and scalable infrastructure that will support Aspiritech's continued growth and future geographic expansion in order to provide meaningful employment to more adults on the autism spectrum in software testing and related quality assurance and technology support services.
Blue Cap, Blue Island, IL
$70,000 to support efforts to increase residential capacity for individuals with developmental disabilities. Grants funds will support a Community Integrated Living Arrangement (CILA) home, which will provide housing for four to five females with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and renovations an existing CILA home to provide housing for two males.
Clearbrook, Arlington Heights, IL
$667,650 for replication of the Discovering CHOICE program at Clearbook, UCP Seguin of Greater Chicago, and Park Lawn Association. Previously piloted with support from a prior CFI grant, the Discovering CHOICE program assists organizations in: downsizing from large congregate day settings; achieving person vs. program-based programming; and offering flexible services targeting wellness, socialization, volunteerism, and integrated community employment.
Little City Foundation, Palatine, IL
$500,000 matching grant to support the Children's Residential Group Home Capital Campaign to construct a group home, which would house children diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and other intellectual and developmental disabilities. The group home will be specifically designed to create a safe, calming and comforting environment for children on the autism spectrum.
NorthPointe Resources, Inc., Zion, IL
$95,000 to support renovations of the Community Integrated Living Arrangement (CILA) homes, which will improve the functionality and comfort of five existing CILA homes, and provide furnishings for one new CILA.
$160,000 for the development and marketing of four online training modules, consisting of on-demand videos, webinars and other materials, for mandated training of Direct Support Persons (DSPs) at organizations which serve people with developmental disabilities.