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!
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.
Review from Guidestar
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
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.
Review from Guidestar
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.
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 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.
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.
Review from Guidestar
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.
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 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