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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Homeless & Housing, Housing & Shelter, Job Training, Mental Health, Mental Health Treatment, Residential Mental Health Treatment, Vocational Counseling

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.

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Indeed "a new foundation" for us seeking meaningful lives inspite of mental disability. This is a place where I'm learning concrete steps to a structured lifestyle. In other words, freedom from anxieties of the world & within. Truly grateful for individuals, full of love & dedication in changing lives for the best.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My son was diagnosed with a severe chronic mental illness in 1999. He was in a State Approved School when I received a call about possible graduation. I said no and had numerous interviews in April 2001 to find an alternative program. I first learned about New Foundation Center (formerly Wilpower) in April 2001 when I interviewed, was impressed by their program and put my son on the waiting list. With Counsel's help we received approval for a residential program until he aged out of school services in 2003.
In 2004 my son was placed in a setting that was not appropriate for the care that was needed at the time. With the help of a great advocate and professional working with and for people with mental illness, Jay was most helpful in recommending transferring my son to an Intermediate Care Facility. I had interviewed there in April 2001 as well. This program works specifically for those with mental health needs. With past records and proper care , the team was able to get state approval for New Foundation Center in April 2007.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

New Foundations Center is a wonderful place of refuge for my family member who would be spending many days lost and alone without it. The people at New Foundations really care and help the members have some semblance of a normal life. At New Foundations, members have therapy, life skill lessons, art projects, outings and great friendships. The members all look forward to going and learning something everyday.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

We have gotten to know NFC through close friends who have a son who is in treatment with this wonderful organization. We need to make sure they continue their worthwile services.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a great organization run by great people who care about helping members live life to the fullest.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What is New Foundation Center? It's a God-Sent place not only to its members but to their parents. We see not only the education they recieve there but friendship and social activities that are a needed plus. They are able to leave their home and enter a much welcomed environment. Thank you New Foundation Center.

Review from Guidestar

Beth I.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In an economic climate in which Human Services are the first to feel a hit, New Foundation goes out of its way to ensure that their clients needs are being met and that the level of hands-on care that each individual needs does not suffer. To know that those at New Foundation are committed to helping individuals feel valued in society is a testament to their strength as an organization.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have seen the tremendous benefit New Foundations provides to the community and have personally known two people who have lived in the residential facilities. Their families are so grateful to have the help of this wonderful organization.

Review from Guidestar