In the first quarter of 2016, the Coleman Foundation approved grants totaling $740,000 to three non-profit organizations in support of human services programs. These grants advance strategies articulated in the Foundation's Impact Plans. Among those receiving grants in this program areas are:
Aspire, Westchester, IL
$440,000 – Aspire Career Center
The award is to support the transformation of Aspire's sheltered workshop space and a new program for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The new program will prepare individuals for community-based jobs in simulated work environments developed in partnership with employers.
CTF ILLINOIS, Tinley Park, IL
$200,000 – Art Studio and Advocacy Center
The award is to establish two small-site programs, an art studio and an advocacy center, for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities as part of the transition of a sheltered workshop program. This will enable participants to experience greater community integration, an increase in self-awareness and confidence, deeper understanding of their desires, increased self-sufficiency and a pathway to community employment.
El Valor Corporation, Chicago, IL
$100,000 – Supporting the Individualized Placement Services Employment Program
This award is to support the Individualized Placement Services employment program that provides vocational assessments, job training, interview training, and other supports to assist individuals with I/DD in obtaining and maintaining employment in the local community.