March 2016

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

Illinois Children's Healthcare Foundation (ILCHF) awarded a $100,000 grant for Parenting Educator and Advocate, a program for parents of children in foster care or at risk of entering foster care in Massac, Alexander, Pope, Hardin, Johnson, and Pulaski counties in southern Illinois. LSSI will expand in-home parenting education and advocacy for families working with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. ILCHF strives to ensure that every child in Illinois has the opportunity to grow up healthy. The Foundation focuses its grant making on identifying and funding solutions to the barriers that prevent children from accessing the ongoing healthcare they need.

Daniel F. and Ada L Rice Foundation presented LSSI with a $5,000 grant to help sustain Reentry Services for Returning Citizens, a program that provides inmates and ex-offenders with resources, services, and job skills that will help them return to their communities after prison as productive contributors and responsible citizens. The Rice Foundation supports a wide array of programs including child welfare, human services, animal welfare, the environment, health, and higher education.

G.J. Aigner Foundation, a long-time LSSI donor that supports human and children's services, generously gave $5,000 for Portage Cragin Counseling Center - Children and Youth Services, which provides comprehensive mental health services for children and youth diagnosed with severe emotional problems. From short-term crisis services to longer-term outpatient treatment such as therapy, psychiatry, case management, and community-based support, Portage Cragin is a vital resource to the community.