In the fourth quarter of 2015, The Coleman Foundation awarded four grants totaling over $400,000 to four not-for-profit organizations which advance the Foundation's Disabilities Impact Plan. Those receiving grants include:
A $262,750 award to Envision Unlimited (Chicago, IL) to formalize and grow the organization's Host Family Community Living model program in which two adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities reside in the private residence of a host family. The Host Family option will offer clients new options for stability, independence, comfort, and community integration. Grant resources will enable Envision Unlimited to recruit prospective host families and bear incremental program costs during the period of time the program opens ten homes for twenty individuals and scales to self-sufficiency.
An $80,000 award to Jewish Child & Family Services (Chicago, IL) to support person-centered planning for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families in a process of assessing and formulating viable residential models and to provide residential services to individuals in two of the organization's three existing group homes. As part of the grant, a planning structure will be identified and field-tested and the organization will open a fourth residential site.
A $50,000 award to Gateway to Learning Special Education and Training Center (Chicago, IL) to expand the organization's Café and Food Preparation Service program for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities by renovating and upgrading the Café's kitchen appliances, enabling the organization to serve lunch and handle larger bakery orders. The number of program participants will nearly triple and the volume of salable items will double. Additional resources for marketing activities will support the program's growth.
A $35,000 award to L'Arche Chicago (Oak Park, IL) towards acquisition costs of a new residence for three individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, two of whom will be new to the organization. The grant will enable the organization to restructure its current four person home to three persons by transition of an existing resident to a newly acquired home. L'Arche Chicago will recruit and train two live-in assistants in the principles of self-determination and increase self-determination in its residents, as measured by an industry-standard assessment methodology.