In the 1st quarter of 2013, The Coleman Foundation approved four grants totalling $270,000 which advance multiple strategies articulated in the Foundation’s Impact Plans.
A $125,000 award to IFF (Chicago, IL) supports its Home First Illinois - Community Living Initiative which advances the Foundation's Disabilities Impact Plan strategy to fund efforts to increase the supply of housing alternatives for individuals with developmental disabilities, including emerging models which allow for ownership by residents or other parties.
The Community Living Initiative builds upon the prior goal of the Home First Illinois project to develop, own and manage accessible homes that will remain permanently affordable to very low income people with disabilities. This new Initiative will focus on the development of 50 small, group homes in downstate Illinois for adults with developmental disabilities who are transitioning out of the State of Illinois' Murray Developmental Center in Centralia, IL. Murray is one of seven large institutions which house individuals with developmental disabilities. The scope of this project is to organize and plan the initiative and to begin implementation in time to transition individuals as early as fall, 2013.
A $70,000 award to Northpointe Resources, Inc. (Zion, IL) will support organization's Nursing Services Program & Self Advocacy Program which will address the healthcare needs of residents, and help teach individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities to be advocates for their healthcare needs utilizing the Ask Me 3TM program. This program employs the Foundation's Disabilities Impact Plan strategy to improve client health outcomes enabling them to reach vocational and residential goals.
A $50,000 award to Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care (Mount Prospect, IL) supports the organization's Rest in Comfort Campaign for capital improvements for the Rainbow Hospice Ark inpatient hospice unit. Improvements to the space are intended to upgrade furniture, equipment, and patient and staff areas. This grant advances the Foundation's Cancer Impact Plan strategy to fund capital and program projects that enable the delivery of comprehensive treatment.
A $25,000 award to DePaul University (Chicago, IL) supports a re-launch of the Coleman Entrepreneurship Center through seminars, enhanced advising and social media efforts. The project components support Coleman’s Entrepreneurship Impact Strategies that: increase the quality and frequency of experiential/co-curricular activities and increase stakeholder engagement on campus and in the community. Activities seek to build core self-employment skills not through the curriculum, but through co-curricular engagement.