December 2014

During this season of giving, LSSI is grateful for the following foundations and their generous grants that support a variety of programming across Illinois. These three foundations have supported LSSI in the past.

Russell & Josephine Kott Memorial Charitable Trust awarded a $100,000 grant for Intouch Chicago South. LSSI Intouch Home Care Services addresses the need to provide older adults with a cost-effective alternative to nursing home placement and assisted living. Older adults want to remain in their homes as long as possible, however, daily activities such as personal care, cleaning, getting to doctor appointments, and meals can be difficult to manage alone, leaving many seniors struggling and isolated. Without basic assistance, many seniors would not be able to remain in their homes because their health and safety would be compromised. The Russell & Josephine Kott Memorial Charitable Trust supports a range of charitable organizations that improve the lives of individuals, with an emphasis on gerontology.

Polk Bros. Foundation presented LSSI with a $25,000 grant for the Connections Program. Connections helps low-income, African American women and their families affected by incarceration through supportive services that address the needs of the family, support caregivers of children, maintain relationships between children and their incarcerated mothers, and help formerly incarcerated mothers transition back to their families and their south and west side Chicago communities upon release from prison. The Polk Bros. Foundation improves the quality of life for the people of Chicago by partnering with local nonprofit organizations that work to reduce the impact of poverty and provide area residents with better access to quality education, preventive health care, and basic human services.

Lloyd A. Fry Foundation awarded an $80,000, two year grant to support LSSI’s Children’s Mental Health Services in Chicago. Through the children’s programs offered at the Byron Street location, in local schools, and in the community, more than 1,600 children and their families will receive the prevention, early intervention, crisis, and longer-term counseling services that they need to have a better quality of life. The Fry Foundation envisions a Chicago that offers hope, prosperity and education for all. For the past 31 years, the foundation has supported programs that address the problems of poverty, violence, ignorance, and despair.