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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.

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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.

Donor

Rating: 5

So many caring people work so tirelessly to make New Foundation Center the wonderful organization it is. I have a relative who has been helped tremendously by this organization and I have witnessed many others who have been given opportunities they may not otherwise have had.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

New Foundation Center is a non profit organization that provides psychiatric/socials services to about 250 citizens of the north and northwest suburbs of Chicago. New Foundation Center works hard to help members recover from serious mental illness so that they can find value and meaning in their lives. Supported employment, health management, social skills, and creative arts are some of the programs that foster recovery. New Foundation Center is a life line to those it helps. About fifty individuals and a couple small families benefit from supportive housing. Some were homeless before they came to New Foundation Center.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We became aware of NFC and its programs through a relative who has benefitted from NFC's services and have seen or heard other clients' stories about how they have benefitted from the various services provided: housing, counseling, preparation for back to work or holding a job; socialization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer for New Foundations and I am extremely impressed with the help and support the organization provides to its members and their families. There is a tremendous need for this type of organization in our community, as so many families are affected by mental illness.

Donor

Rating: 5

One of the benefits of New Foundation besides the wonderful care given to its clients is the fact that the parents and relatives of these clients can maintain a fairly normal life knowing that their loved ones are in good hands.

Board Member

Rating: 5

New Foundation Center (NFC) is a wonderful organization of family members, friends, and mental health advocates dedicated to the goal of enabling adults suffering from chronic mental illness to live as independently as possible. NFC provides housing, supportive services and job opportunities for those adults. Their proffessional staff providescounseling, group therapy and job training to members.
As a mother of a 43 year old son who suffers from Scizophrenia I can't fathom what our family would have done without NFC. Through the organization our son has had a place to call home and a life to share with friends for the past years. They have helped our family greatly.

Donor

Rating: 5

Donating to a local organization where you can witness the results first hand is very rewarding. The staff are truly engaged in the welfare of those they serve. With diminishing government support, it is important to step up and support those in need.

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization has helped our family tremendously. The staff cares about each individual and provides a safe place for those who are in need.

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

New Foundation Center helps give people with mental illness a chance to have meaningful lives.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had the honor of knowing this organization for the last twenty years. One of the founders of the New Foundation Center was a person I held in the highest of regard. Throughout the years that this organization has existed, I have seen so many wonderful ways in which it has served the families and their loved ones battling mental illness. I can only hope that my uncle living in New York has a tenth of the support which I have seen provided by the New Foundation Center.
I work with children every day who will need the help of their community in the not so distant future. I hope that their will be the funding required for deserving organizations such as the New Foundation Center.

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Bradley B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

i am brad that was featured in the exerpt from the movie Unbreakable Minds on the newfoundation center website..I am still living in a group home funded by the organization, and i think the staff and organization have helped me immensly..i have a nice place to live and the staff are always there to lend support and leave me alone when i need privacy. they take me shopping and do errands with me and always make sure i get to my monthly blood draw on time . im never alone which would be a problem if i lived on my own and i never miss a scheduled dose of medication

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Donor

Rating: 5

As a relative of a staff member I am intimately aware of the work they do, the difficulty they have in raising money to provide their highest aspirations of service, and the good they accomplish for their clients, and the communities in which they operate. I am impressed with their goals for clients, their respect for those they serve, their seriousness about their work, their prudence in managing scarce resources, and their commitment to their mission. I know that the success of those they serve is their reinforcement to recommit every day to the goals of the organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This place does amazing things for amazing people. Keep up the good work!

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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.

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