June 2015

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

Boeing Corporation Employees Community Fund Chicago/Gary presented a check for $10,000 for the Steps to Life Program, which helps at-risk teens transitioning from foster care to an independent adult life. Foster teens between the ages of 13 and 18 meet year-round in weekly group sessions that focus on developmental and educational areas of concern including behavior modification, positive self-expression, engagement in constructive activities, and strengthened family and peer relationships. This is a first-time gift from the Boeing Corporation Employees Community Fund, which supports organizations that help build better communities.

G.J. Aigner Foundation, which supports human and children’s services, generously gave $30,000 to LSSI with grants of $10,000 each to the following programs:

  • the Welcoming Center, an expansion of LSSI’s Project Impact for treating crisis-level behavioral health needs in the community by providing an alternative for people seeking emergency room care particularly to address mental health and addiction issues.
  • Pregnancy and Adoption Services
  • Steps to Life

Grand Victoria Foundation awarded LSSI a $25,000 grant to support The Elgin Center, which offers a variety of inpatient and outpatient services designed for people who want to learn how to live substance-free. The Grand Victoria Foundation seeks to strengthen Illinois communities with a focus on four key elements: high-functioning systems, strong public policies, engaged communities, and effective organizations.

Helen Brach Foundation presented a check for $15,000 to support the Connections Program that helps maintain the parent and child relationship for women and children affected by incarceration, as well as devastated families that have also been fractured by the separation. The Helen Brach foundation generously donates to Chicago organizations that support education, literacy, animal cruelty prevention, youth services, and arts and culture.