Core Grantees (PFF)
The following ‘core grantees’ receive ongoing general operating grants from the Pierce Family Foundation, as well as targeted assistance with organizational development projects:
Chicago House and Social Service Agency serves individuals and families by providing housing, employment services, medical linkages, HIV prevention services, and other supportive services to those who are disenfranchised by HIV/AIDS, poverty, homelessness, and/or gender nonconformity. All Chicago House services are provided without discrimination and are explicitly designed to guide people towards wholeness and self-sufficiency. Founded in 1985, Chicago House was the first organization in the Midwest to provide housing for people with HIV and AIDS.
Rev. Stan J. Sloan, Executive Director
1925 North Clybourn St., Suite 401
Chicago, IL 60614
Deborah’s Place breaks the cycle of homelessness for women in Chicago. Through a continuum of housing options, comprehensive support services and opportunities for change provided by dedicated volunteers and staff, women succeed in achieving their goals of stable housing, sustainable income and greater self-determination. Deborah’s Place is Chicago’s largest provider of supportive housing exclusively for women and is recognized as an innovative leader among homeless service providers locally and nationally. Since our founding in 1985, we have worked collaboratively with our participants, offered a range of high quality services and tried new approaches – putting Deborah’s Place at the forefront of agencies making a difference to those in need in Chicago. Donate
Rebecca Johnson Apartments,
Administrative Offices, Learning Center
2822 W. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60612-3653
Goldie’s Place is a support center for people who are homeless. We help our participants transform themselves into healthy, hopeful, and productive members of the community by offering a unique combination of services including employability training, free dental care, and job placement. The Dental Services Program assists homeless individuals to maintain or attain dental wellness, through dental services staffed by volunteer dentists. There are very few sources of dental care available to people who are homeless. Yet exhibiting good dental hygiene is an essential element of employability.
Johanna Dalton, Executive Director
5705 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL 60659
Good News Partners
Located in East Rogers Park, is a 32 year old faith-based community organization that provides affordable housing for homeless families with a step-by-step transition from interim housing to independent living. Our housing options include (1) New Life Interim Housing, serving homeless women and children; (2) the Jonquil, an SRO, accommodating 58 families; (3) GNP subsidized rental housing, and (4) 60 units of co-op housing affordable for families with very low incomes.
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HOW empowers women, children and families to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty. Since 1983, HOW has been a leader in permanent solutions to homelessness by striving to promote capacity, sustainability, and provide innovative and effective services for individuals, families, and communities. HOW operates under the Housing First Model, which ensures that homeless individuals are housed as quickly as possible, and then provided with tools for success and self-sufficiency. Events of HOW • Donate
Britt Shawver, Executive Director
1607 West Howard Street' Chicago, IL 60626 •
Institute of Women Today
The Institute of Women Today was started in 1974 by a group of interfaith women who advocated on issues affecting women and children. Today IWT operates Maria Shelter, a 50-bed interim housing facility for homeless women and their children, and the Vincennes Senior Center, which offers senior citizens a place to socialize, enjoy a nutritious meal, and learn new skills. Both facilities are located in the Englewood community of Chicago, one of the most economically deprived areas of Chicago. Donate
La Casa Norte (LCN)
"La Casa Norte is committed to providing a safe and nurturing environment for homeless and abandoned people, where they will benefit from a comprehensive program of education, guidance and counseling in a community setting.” - La Casa Norte Mission Statement
La Casa Norte serves youth, families and individuals that are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless or when necessary to help individuals and families with being rapidly re-housed. Donate
Matthew House is a nonprofit community based organization that provides food, shelter, housing, and supportive services to needy men, women and children who are homeless. Located in the Bronzeville/Douglas community, Matthew House is currently the only safe haven for homeless individuals on the South Side of Chicago. Matthew House fulfills its mission by addressing both emergency and long-term needs.
Rev. Dr. Sanja R. Stinson
3722-28 S. Indiana
Chicago, IL 60653
Spanish Coalition for Housing
The Spanish Coalition for Housing is the lead agency helping Latino families with their housing needs in the greater Chicagoland area. Spanish Coalition for Housing was created in 1966 with a mission to strengthen our communities by providing counseling, advocacy and resources that empower Latino and other first-time homebuyers and homeowners-in-crisis to achieve financial and housing stability.
Ofelia Navarro, Executive Director
1922 N. Pulaski
Chicago IL. 60639
Teen Living Programs
Teen Living Programs delivers comprehensive, long-term solutions to youth without homes who strive for self-sufficiency and community connection. Teen Living Programs offers housing, job training, educational support, mental health counseling, holistic health care, and life skills training within a community of professional and passionate support. TLP’s comprehensive, long-term approach to youth homelessness reduces the number of youth who might otherwise become homeless adults. TLP also limits youth homelessness from taking root through its outreach and prevention programs in neighborhoods and schools. Donate
162 W. Hubbard St., Suite 400
Chicago, IL 60654
Core Grantees (P&A)
Also receiving organizational development assistance from the Foundation’s team of nonprofit specialists are these select recipients of corporate contributions from the law firm Pierce & Associates:
The Cara Program
The Cara Program assists motivated individuals affected by homelessness and poverty to transform their lives and achieve real, lasting success, by providing comprehensive training, permanent job placement, and critical support services. The comprehensive nature of The Cara Program takes into account the need to support Cara students as they transition into the workplace. Over 100+ Chicago area companies hire Cara students and hundreds of parents have reclaimed custody of their children.
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Eric Weinheimer, CEO •
237 S. Desplaines, Chicago, IL 60661
The Emergency Fund
The Emergency Fund provides immediate financial assistance to help low income Chicago area individuals and families through a crisis or transition. In 2004, The Emergency Fund for Needy People merged with My Brother’s Keeper, and the organization grew to become the largest provider of homelessness prevention funds in the Chicago area. It was at this time the Fund shortened our name to Emergency Fund. Together with our partners, the Emergency Fund provides financial assistance as well as other resources, as needed, to help families and individuals in need avert crises. Donate
Mercy Housing Lakefront
Mercy Housing Lakefront is one of the Midwest's premier non-profit affordable housing development and management companies. They have developed and currently manage 21 properties serving more than 2,800 residents. Mercy Housing serves residents in Illinois and Wisconsin, and is committed to changing lives and revitalizing neighborhoods by providing safe, quality, service-enriched housing. Donate
Cindy Holler, President •
120 S. LaSalle, Suite 1850 Chicago, IL 60603
Neighborhood Housing Services
Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago’s mission is to create opportunities for people to live in affordable homes, improve their lives and strengthen their neighborhoods. NHS educates and prepares new homeowners for success; provides mortgage loans for purchase, rehab and refinance; provides foreclosure intervention services; builds and rehabs single-family homes; and builds powerful and enduring community partnerships. Since 1975, NHS has served 188,982 clients, invested $520 million in Chicago neighborhoods and created 3,628 new homeowners. NHS services are available to residents of the City of Chicago and Kane County. Donate