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Children's Endowment Fund Dinner — March 14, 2024

Thank you to all those who joined us for an unforgettable evening, celebrating and raising awareness of two important organizations!

Almost Home Kids is a short-term pediatric healthcare organization that is community-based in 3 locations throughout Illinois. Their mission is to provide a bridge from hospital to home through an innovative community-based system of care for children with medical complexities. They respond to the needs of families, train caregivers, offer respite care, advocate for accessibility and inclusion, and educate healthcare professionals.

Almost Home Kids (AHK) will use this grant from the Justinian Society's Endowment Fund to support its Respite Care Program which provides safe, comfortable medical care for children with medical complexities. Respite Care is a temporary break from 24/7 caregiving. AHK provides nearly 600 Respite Care days each year. The Respite Care Program offers children a place to stay with while their parents tend to personal or family issues. Their goal is to give parent caregivers a much-needed break. This supportive service allows parents to de-stress, tend to other children, and rejuvenate themselves for the future demands of raising a child with medical complexities.

La Casa Norte serves unaccompanied youth and families experiencing or at risk of homelessness in disinvested Chicago neighborhoods. They provide shelter, stable housing, and wraparound services that transform lives and communities.

The grant from JSEF will provide critical programmatic and operational support for La Casa Norte’s Youth Continuum of Care, which annually serves nearly 1,000 unaccompanied youth and youth-led families experiencing homelessness in Chicago. Through years of development and recalibration, they have honed a Housing First service model that is bilingual, trauma-informed, culturally competent, and impactful. They deliver a coordinated network of youth drop-ins, emergency shelters, and supportive housing programs (short term, transitional, and permanent) – all supplemented with transformative wraparound services and 1:1 case management.

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