In the 2nd quarter of 2013, The Coleman Foundation approved four grants totaling $995,380 which advance the strategies articulated in the Foundation’s Developmental Disabilities Impact Plan.
A $500,000 award to Misericordia Heart of Mercy will support the construction of four homes on the Misericordia campus specifically designed to meet the needs of aging residents, including through the provision of end-of-life care. These residences will replace an aging facility which is home to 53 individuals who are semi-ambulatory or non-ambulatory. Misericordia will draw from the lessons learned in the Intersect for Ability network's GRACE project which identified architectural and programmatic best practices to support aging individuals with developmental disabilities.
A $352,380 award to Seguin Services, Inc. will support the continuation of the Building Bridges to the Future initiative of the Intersect for Ability network. This effort enables improved transitions from school to post-school environments for individuals with developmental disabilities. Seguin, along with eight other organizations, will work with parents and students in the Chicago-metro and Rockford area schools to provide coaching; linkages to financial, medical and legal resources; and adult services training experiences. In its 4th year, the Building Bridges initiative has been a compelling example of how Intersect agencies collaborate to serve a broad area of need in an effective and efficient manner.
A $90,000 award to Blue Cap will enable the organization to expand its capacity to provide residential services to individuals with developmental disabilities. Three homes will be obtained and residential services emphasizing independent living skills, freedom of choice, economic self-sufficiency and community integration will be available to up to twelve individuals.
A $53,000 award to TASH will support the organization's 2013 annual conference, "A Movement United," to be held in Chicago in December, 2013. Funding will enable educational sessions focusing on transition to community living as well as micro-entrepreneurship for individuals with developmental disabilities. The grant also funds scholarships for attendees otherwise unable to participate in the event.