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New Foundation Center, Inc

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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

52 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Carrie Katz

Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I always help to set up the big event. The New Foundation Center makes for happier, fulfilled lives for the mentally challenged. The Budniks son is our relative, and this place has done fabulous things for him...

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I like it here. They have great groups that really help.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We are supporters of the New Foundation Center Inc. of Illinoiis. Our friends the Budnick's son is part of this group. We help out whenever and participate in all the foundations events.

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have witnessed the unbelievable assistance and support New Foundations provides to its members and their families. A very close friend is a member and has lived in a group home for several years. It is so nice to see all the wonderful things New Foundations has provided him over the years.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The organization was started by my closest chilhood friend. Through 20+ years of working for NFC, I've gained an insight to the personal struggle of people with mental illness and the impact of the disease on families, health care, housing, and public perception. I am seeing a new awareness and understanding of the disease. For our members, with safe permanent housing, counseling, job coaching, and a supportive day program in the Clubhouse, the focus of managing their disease is now towards recovery. It is a partnership of member, trained staff, and volunteer Board, that provides the best service, compassion and hope. I am continually proud to be associated with this organization!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

great organization. staff is very attentive and caring. members feel empowered.

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.