The Primo Center for Women and Children Among First to Receive Day 1 Families Fund Grant

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Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos donate $97.5 million to 24 nonprofits across the U.S. working on family homelessness

 CHICAGO – November 20, 2018: The Primo Center for Women and Children (“Primo Center”) is pleased to announce it’s been selected to receive a $2.5 million grant from the Day 1 Families Fund to boost the organization’s programs focused on families experiencing homelessness. Funding from this grant will support new after-school programs, financial literacy services for residents, and employment training in four locations.

“This grant is transformational for the Primo Center,” said Christine Achre, Primo Center Chief Executive Officer. “Funding from the Day 1 Families Fund allows the Primo Center to provide basic immediate resources to families most in need, while allowing the agency to further increase its long-standing impact on families experiencing homelessness. We are truly humbled and proud to be given this award.”

Achre added, “The Primo Center deploys four proven strategies that guide our work with families when they enter our shelter, throughout their time in our shelter, and for 18 months after they leave our shelter.”

Under Achre’s leadership, the Primo Center has grown from the smallest shelter in Chicago with 22 beds to the largest provider of family beds with nearly 300 beds at its four facilities. In addition, the center opened a 12-unit permanent supportive housing program plus serving families in an additional 65 units throughout the city of Chicago. The Primo Center is now expanding its services to New York City.

Primo Center is one of 24 nonprofits to receive the first Day 1 Families Fund grants, totaling $97.5 million. Primo Center is the only organization from Chicago to receive the funding.

 

About Bezos Day 1 Families Fund

Founded by Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos, the Bezos Day One Fund consists of two programs: the Day 1 Families Fund that provides grants to nonprofit organizations fighting homelessness, and the Day 1 Academies Fund that will fund and build a network of pre-schools in low-income communities across the country. The Day 1 Families Fund’s vision comes from the inspiring Mary’s Place in Seattle: no child should sleep outside. A small group of expert advisors provided input to the Bezos Day One Fund team to select these organizations. The Day 1 Families Fund will be awarding grants annually. For more information, visit www.BezosDayOneFund.org/Day1FamiliesFund.

About Primo Center

Established in 1978, the Primo Center is Chicago’s largest provider of family shelter and supportive services, touching more than 700 parents and children annually. To learn more, visit PrimoCenter.org.

Media Contact: Trish Hoffman
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The Primo Center Among First to Receive Bezos Day 1 Families Fund Grant

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Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos donate $97.5 million to 24 nonprofits across the U.S. working on family homelessness

CHICAGO – November 20, 2018: The Primo Center is pleased to announce it has been selected to receive a $2.5 million grant from the Day 1 Families Fund to boost the organization’s programs focused on families experiencing homelessness. Funding from this grant will support new after-school programs, financial literacy services for residents, and employment training in four locations.

 The Primo Center will also focus on developing supports necessary for families to become more independent during and after shelter.

“This grant is transformational for the Primo Center,” said Christine Achre, CEO. “Funding from the Day 1 Families Fund allows the Primo Center to provide basic immediate resources to families most in need, while allowing the agency to further increase its long-standing impact on families experiencing homelessness. We are truly humbled and proud to be given this award.”

The Primo Center is one of 24 nonprofits to receive the first Day 1 Families Fund grants, totaling $97.5 million. Recipients from around the country include: Abode Services, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Miami, Catholic Community Services of Western Washington, Community of Hope, Community Rebuilders, Crossroads Rhode Island, District Alliance for Safe Housing (DASH), Emerald Development & Economic Network (EDEN) Inc., FrontLine Service, Hamilton Families, Heartland Family Service, Housing Families First, JOIN, LA Family Housing (LAFH), Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS), Primo Center for Women and Children, Refugee Women’s Alliance (ReWA), SEARCH Homeless Services, Simpson Housing Services, The Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte, The Salvation Army of Greater Houston, UMOM New Day Centers and Urban Resource Institute (URI).

Founded by Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos, the Bezos Day One Fund consists of two programs: the Day 1 Families Fund that provides grants to nonprofit organizations fighting homelessness, and the Day 1 Academies Fund that will fund and build a network of pre-schools in low-income communities across the country. The Day 1 Families Fund’s vision comes from the inspiring Mary’s Place in Seattle: no child should sleep outside. A small group of expert advisors provided input to the Bezos Day One Fund team to select these organizations. The Day 1 Families Fund will be awarding grants annually. For more information, visit www.BezosDayOneFund.org/Day1FamiliesFund.

About The Primo Center
Established in 1978, the Primo Center is Chicago’s largest provider of family shelter and supportive services, touching more than 700 parents and children annually. To learn more, visit PrimoCenter.org.

Media Contact: Trish Hoffman
312-805-4314
trish@blitzgroupllc.com

When Chicago’s Homeless Kids Can’t Go to the Doctor, This Group Steps In

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Two years ago, a new family—a young mother and her six kids—arrived at the Primo Center for Women and Children, a homeless shelter on the west side of Chicago. Mom had only a sixth grade education and the youngest child, a two-year-old girl, was hardly speaking.

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The One Gala 2018 — November 2, 6:00pm – 10:00pm

November 2,  6:00pm – 10:00pm
The Geraghty
2520 South Hoyne Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60608

A special event to benefit: The Primo Center for Women and Children
In our commitment to end homelessness, we at the Primo Center have sharpened our purpose and our resolve — One Family. One Home — that’s what we’re all about. Simple. Clear. We’re speaking in one voice. Determined to achieve one goal. This year, we are proud to be celebrating 40 years.

Join us at The One Gala on Friday, November 2nd for our most important fundraiser and one of Chicago’s most celebrated social events. This year, The One Gala features an exclusive, one-night only jazz performance with Quintin Primo III, Frank Russell and Charles Heath. We are pleased to announce that the 2018 Global Service Award recipients are Tina Knowles and Richard Lawson. Join us for an evening of world-class cuisine, design and style, infused with a spirit tied directly to the Primo Center’s sole purpose.

For sponsorship opportunities, please review the 2018 Sponsorship Guide and contact Sarah Neukom at sarah@esppresents.com.

To make a donation, click here.

Visit our Eventbrite page for more information and tickets!


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ILCHF Commits $11.5 Million to Improve Children’s Mental Health

Awards Planning Grants to 5 Illinois Communities

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Oak Brook, IL (July 9, 2018) — Building upon its successful Children’s Mental Health Initiative (CMHI 1.0), the Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation is applying lessons learned to help five more Illinois communities develop a coordinated system of care for children and families. The  Foundation awarded 13 month $200,000 planning grants to enable mental and physical health providers, schools, parents, youth and other community organizations to develop a plan to improve the health of their children and communities. If the planning process is successful, in November 2019 each of the five communities will receive a second grant of $2.1 million over six years to implement their plans.

At any point in time, one in 10 children in Illinois suffers from a mental illness severe enough to cause some level of impairment; yet, in any given year only about 20% of these children receive mental health services.[1] Children who are experiencing environmental trauma and stress, anxiety, or depression can be unable to learn or function to their full potential.  A coordinated system of care which includes their primary care doctor, school, community mental health provider and other services can give these children and their families the support they need to thrive at home, in school and in their communities.

“As a field, we know the best approaches to caring for children with behavioral and emotional problems, and early intervention is key,” said Amy Starin, PhD. LCSW. ILCHF Senior Program Officer for Mental Health. “Each community in Illinois is unique and these grants will give them the resources to plan together. It is the start of what we hope will be a successful implementation of their plan over the following six years.”

The five communities were selected through a rigorous review process from twenty-nine submitted proposals. “We are applying learning from the first four CMHI communities, and the CMHI 1.0 leadership will serve as mentors for this second round of grantees.  Evaluation will be an integral part of this work as we support these five new communities in creating evidence-based models that communities across Illinois can learn from,” explained Heather Alderman, ILCHF president. “Our greatest hope is that these projects will result in real change that helps move the State toward the ILCHF Vision that ‘Every Child in Illinois Grows up Healthy’“.

Funded Communities Include:

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About Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation

Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation (ILCHF) is the only statewide private foundation solely focused on improving the health of all children in the State of Illinois. ILCHF was created in December 2002 through an action of then Attorney General Jim Ryan and an Illinois insurance carrier. This action and a settlement of approximately $125 million established the Foundation’s endowment.

From 2002 to 2018, Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation has awarded more than $79 million in grants that have been invested in programs aimed at improving children’s overall health in Illinois, with a focus on oral health and mental health. For additional information about ILCHF, please see www.ilchf.org.

[1] Illinois Children’s Mental Health Partnership; FY 2017 Annual Report to the Governor

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