January 2015

LSSI is grateful to the following foundations for their generous grants that support a variety of programming across Illinois.

The Coleman Foundation awarded a $25,000 grant for Handfuls of Hope Kettle Corn Enterprise to be located on our Shady Oaks campus in Homer Glen, Illinois. Handfuls of Hope will provide adults with developmental disabilities job training and decision-making opportunities regarding business operations, as well as strengthen social skills. LSSI’s Shady Oaks campus includes two residences that provide housing and 24-hour care for 32 adults with developmental disabilities, as well as a developmental training program. The Coleman Foundation provides grants, mainly in the Chicago area, to educational institutions offering entrepreneurship courses, cancer treatment centers, and agencies providing services for individuals with developmental disabilities.

The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois (CFNIL) is that area’s largest provider of grants and scholarships. Celebrating 60 years of philanthropy, the Foundation’s mission is to attract, grow, and preserve an endowment for the needs of Northern Illinois.

A $10,000 grant from the CFNIL’s Dr. Louis and Violet Rubin Fund will be used to support the Retired Seniors Volunteer Program (RSVP) Healthy Futures national initiative. As part of Healthy Futures, RSVP volunteers provide presentations on preventive healthcare services, health and wellness, and nutrition to vulnerable community residents—from children to seniors. Volunteers also partner with food pantries to deliver food to older adults and people with disabilities. As part of the initiative, RSVP volunteers established a community garden in Rockford. Last year, 500 pounds of food was harvested and distributed through the Belvidere Boone County Pantry and the Rock River Valley Pantry to people in need.

Additionally, a $5,000 grant from CFNIL’s Howard D. Coleman Memorial Fund was made to support LSSI’s Legacy Corps. An AmeriCorps program, Legacy Corps is facilitated by the University of Maryland and executed locally across the United States by 17 non-profit organizations, including LSSI. Legacy Corps provides respite, education, and resources to veterans, military families, and their caregivers through volunteered hours of service by trained members. Legacy Corps members provide time off for caregivers to run errands, attend to other responsibilities, or just relax.