New Foundation Center, Inc

Rating: 4.94 stars   52 reviews 97

Issues: Mental Health, Job Training, Homeless & Housing

Location: 444 W Frontage Rd Northfield IL 60093 USA

Mission: New Foundation Center partners with people with mental illness to recover and pursue lives of meaning and purpose.
Target demographics: adults with serious mental illness recover and pursue lives of meaning and purpose
Direct beneficiaries per year: 280 men and women with mental illness.
Geographic areas served: greater Chicago and north/northwest suburbs of Cook County, and Lake County
Programs: psychosocial rehabilitation, permanent supportive housing, and supported employment.
2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 36-3555018
847-386-3060
www.newfoundationcenter.org

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Year in and year out the commitment of others on the Board, the way that the staff works with members using care and compassion, and how Sue Shimon's tireless effort to always do better never ceases to amaze me!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find others to donate their time and energy to this organization!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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My mother was one of the founders of The New Foundation Center (what was then WilPower), a place where those affected by mental illness could find support, rehabilitation, and housing in the northern suburbs. The metamorphosis from grass roots organization to serving over 250 members, with the belief never wavering in the potential of our members, has remained a focus and mission. All members are treated with dignity and respect, are challenged, participate and live as independently as possible with support from the Center and family. My Uncle is a member working on his own personal road to recovery, and I am humbled by the dedication of those who have chosen this career path-and are fortunate enough to work for such a dynamic and enriching organization as The New Foundation Center.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing how my Uncle has been supported so that he is able to be the best member of society which he is able

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find more funding, give more money, make sure that those in need are never turned away....

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Great Organiztion...Providing supportive assistance to Adults coping with serious Mental Illnesses..They offer help with Medication Manangement, Safe and Stable Housing, along with Social Services to help re-introduce these Adults into the work force and hopefully a meaningful productive Future

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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NFC is a wonderful, dedicated Non Profit org dealing with the very difficult problems associated with chronic adult mental illness. Through their facilities "members" are able to secure assistance in group housing, including medicatlion management, daily advisor sessions to improve their socialization skills, and find meaningful creative potential. In addition the Org works with local firms willing to hire members where possible for re-entry into the workforce allowing these individuals the means to provide themselves with the possibilitiy of some independent living potential.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Assistance we've received in finding managed group housing for our Son who has a severe mental disorder(schizophrenia) and is now 43 yr old....Cannot imagine what his life would be like if we did not have their devoted support for his well being

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find a way to provide them with adequately funded State and Local financial support to continue their mission of helping those adults suffering from these terrible psychological disorders....

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1 person found this review helpful

Many organizations are good but this one is very special. I have seen up close the wonderful things that they accomplish. I am proud to help and I hope others will too.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've met with several recipients of their services.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get them more funding.

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2 people found this review helpful

The NFC is a wonderful organization that does amazing work and services that most other organizations can't or won't.The have provided many services and a home for a dear friend of ours. We have attended many of their benefits and are proud to support this organization.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing how they helped a dear friend of our family.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Don't know of any

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1 person found this review helpful

I have the utmost respect for NFC. I have been to fund raisers and observed staff and a few clients and see the warm interactions and listened to some success stories of clients.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen improvement in a relative who is a client. He is more socialable

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Not change anything

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1 person found this review helpful

Twelve years ago my wife and I were desperate. Our son was diagnosed as paranoid schizophrenia. We didn't know which way to turn and then we heard about the New Foundation Center (formerly WilPower). We told Wendy who eventually became our son's case worker that we could never get our son to go to NFC for guidance. Wendy said, "no problem, I'll get him to come. She went where he was living and the rest is history." "Dave" has had his ups and downs but NFC was the best thing that ever happened to him. He now lives in his own apartment, still goes regularly to NFC for guidance, even makes a little extra money over and above the monthly SSI money he receives. The stress on our family is far less because of NFC.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have not only experienced the results referred to above, but have seen how many other mentally ill adults and their familes have benefit at NFC.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Involve even more people in serving as volunteers. If we had the funds expand our agency and publicize that help is available for mentally ill adults. We are stretched to the limit now.

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Over the last several years I have been privileged to see the wonderful work that New Foundation has accomplished. I was introduced to New Foundation through our friends, Bette and Henry Budnik. I have been fortunate to have gone to many of the fund-raising events for New Foundation over these past years and have been given an opportunity to listen to the inspiring stories of the people who are served by New Foundation, both young and old.

Mental illness "ain't no picnic", as we all know, darkness can permeate the thickest mask yet, the people who are part of New Foundation have offered a light to shine where only darkness might have been.

I am honored to be asked to write this tribute about such wonderful organization.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

witnessing how my friend, Brad Budnik, has found a home for himself

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

nothing

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For over 20+ years I have witnessed my friend and his devoted family contend with the horrific disease of Schizophrenia. Stricken as a young adult, he has faced the most challenging life of anyone I have ever known. The extraordinary people and organization of the NFC has made all the difference in his life. The NFC is truly remarkable and I am grateful for all the support and assistance they have provided him.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the quality of life for my friend.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing

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Rating: 5 stars  

This charity has truly been amazing! It has helped one of my beat friends and their family.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I see how it has helped a great person and family

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

nothing

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1 person found this review helpful

I became aware of NFC when it was Wilpower and attended several events to benefit the residents. The most moving was a movie showcasing the lives of three of the memberss and their daily struggles. I was deeply moved by the stories portraited there.
The community needs an organization such as NFC to aid the families as well as the members. To help the these members feel the dignity of a 'normal " life and autonomy is indeed, priceless.
I hope that NFC can thrive and function for many years as the dream of the original founders

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the accounts from a friend who has a relative in NFC

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand their influence

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