The Coleman Foundation Awards 22 Disabilities Organizations Funds

Hear the heartwarming story of staff who sacrifice being with their own families during COVID-19 to care for adults living in group homes.

May, 2020

In order to provide expeditious financial support to a core group of long-time grantees who serve individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, The Coleman Foundation announced 22 awards totaling $930,000. The organizations have been impacted by COVID-19, incurring extraordinary costs for personal protective equipment, incremental staff compensation, and supplies for the group homes they maintain.

“Most awardees are provider agencies who have engaged in and have participated in the Foundation’s disabilities funding efforts”, said Michael W. Hennessy, President and CEO of the Foundation. “Several have joined the Intersect for Ability network, becoming part of a trusted, proactive system that provides mutual learning, information sharing, program development and support”, he added.

The awardees include 22 residential services provider organizations comprised of 11 Intersect for Ability network members, 7 additional organizations that participate in Communities of Practice established by Intersect for detailed sharing within programmatic or functional specialties, and 4 other organizations identified by staff as worthy of immediate support.

One resident of a group home has tested positive for COVID-19, so a staff member volunteered to move in with him to help care for him while he recovers.

Awardees Include:


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Ada S. McKinley Community Services – $35,000
Aspire of Illinois – $40,000
Avenues to Independence – $50,000
Blue Cap – $50,000
Clearbrook – $35,000
CTF Illinois – $40,000
El Valor Corporation – $45,000
Envision Unlimited – $40,000
Garden Center Services – $50,000
Helping Hand Center – $45,000
Little City Foundation – $35,000
Misericordia – $30,000
Orchard Village – $50,000
Park Lawn Association – $45,000
PACTT – $50,000
Ray Graham Association – $40,000
Search Inc. – $40,000
Sertoma Centre – $45,000
Shore Community Services – $50,000
St. Coletta’s of Illinois – $45,000
Trinity Services – $35,000
UCP Seguin – $35,000

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