Being deeply connected to the community means more than providing access to excellent healthcare. It means understanding, and investing in, the health needs of our community.

Through our Community Investment Fund (CIF), Endeavor Health has awarded more than $21.4 million to 47 local partnerships dedicated to enhancing community health and wellbeing, advancing health equity and supporting local economic growth. Together, we’re committed to helping everyone in our communities be their best through initiatives that focus on behavioral health, access to care, food insecurity, workforce development, housing insecurity, financial wellbeing and violence prevention. 

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2024 partnerships

This year’s awards will support organizations and initiatives dedicated to behavioral health, violence prevention, housing and food insecurity, access to care and workforce development.

Primary focus: housing insecurity

Funded program: provide youth experiencing homelessness with emergency housing, case management and trauma-informed services at a new resource center

Communities: Naperville, Aurora

Duration: 2-year

Year awarded: 2024

Award: $570,000

Website: https://360youthservices.org/

Primary focus: behavioral health

Funded program: support teen-led programming to enhance confidence, belonging, vitality, coping, and leadership skills

Communities: Naperville, Aurora

Duration: 3-year

Year awarded: 2024

Award: $189,000

Website: https://alivecenter.org/

Primary focus: workforce development

Funded program: inspire Evanston students and young adults through healthcare career exploration opportunities, in partnership with the City of Evanston, Evanston Township High School and iKit, the Evanston Work Ethic (WE) Program, Youth Job Center, Endeavor Health, and more

Communities: Evanston

Duration: 3-year

Year awarded: 2022

Award: $600,000

Website: https://www.cityofevanston.org/government/departments/health-human-services/workforce-development

Primary focus: workforce development

Funded program: connect Lake County students and young adults with healthcare career exploration opportunities, in partnership with District 113 (Highland Park/Deerfield), District 116 (Round Lake), District 127 (Grayslake), College of Lake County, Rosalind Franklin University, University Center, Youth Build, and Lake County Workforce Development

Communities: Grayslake, Round Lake, Highland Park, Highwood , North Chicago

Duration: 3-year

Year awarded: 2023

Award: $430,000 

Primary focus: behavioral health

Funded program: expand domestic violence support programs to end the cycle of abuse, including counseling, financial empowerment workshops, and family engagement outings

Communities: Chicago, Evanston

Duration: 3-year

Year awarded: 2022

Award: $463,237 

Website: https://betweenfriendschicago.org/

Primary focus: housing insecurity

Funded program: provide transitional housing  for families facing homelessness and financial and life-skills coaching for long-lasting economic independence

Communities: Glen Ellyn

Duration: 3-year

Year awarded: 2022

Award: $878,500 

Website: https://bridgecommunities.org/

Primary focus: access to care

Funded program: provide those experiencing homelessness wraparound care to heal and recover through a Medical Respite program

Communities: Evanston

Duration: 2-year

Year awarded: 2024

Award: $400,000

Website: http://www.connect2home.org/

Primary focus: financial wellbeing

Funded program: expand medical debt relief and navigation of financial assistance programs, financial literacy education and coaching, and advocacy

Communities: DuPage County

Duration: 3-year

Year awarded: 2022

Award: $759,333

Website: https://accessdupage.org/

Primary focus: housing insecurity

Funded program: support emergency housing for individuals and families experiencing homelessness, including basic care such as food, clothing, and case management combined with intensive and stabilizing support to meet complex needs and help clients reach their long-term housing solution

Communities: Downers Grove

Duration: 3-year

Year awarded: 2022

Award: $750,000 

Website: https://dupagepads.org/

Primary focus: behavioral health

Funded program: provide a safe and inclusive space for children and their families to receive support and build a strong foundation for improved rehabilitation and overall health outcomes, improving family stability, and helping a child succeed at home, at school, and in their community

Communities: Villa Park

Duration: 3-year

Year awarded: 2022

Award: $750,000

Website: https://www.easterseals.com/dfv/

Primary focus: food insecurity

Funded program: acquire and develop new location, growing capacity to provide healthy food and basic necessities to underserved communities

Communities: Elmhurst

Duration: 1-year

Year awarded: 2024

Award: $330,000 

Website: https://www.eyfp.org/

Primary focus: access to care

Funded program: expand outreach, education, and support to facilitate access to primary care and timely preventive cancer screening

Communities: Lake County

Duration: 1-year

Year awarded: 2024

Award: $115,490 

Website: https://equalhope.org/

Primary focus: access to care

Funded program: provide bilingual, bi-cultural and comprehensive medical care, mental health services, and prenatal care in Lake County

Communities: Highwood

Duration: 3-year

Year awarded: 2023

Award: $600,000 

Website: https://fenixclinic.org/

Primary focus: access to care

Funded program: expand health care access for the underserved including through a new pediatric practice at Greater Family Health’s Franklin Park location

Communities: Franklin Park

Duration: 3-year

Year awarded: 2022

Award: $1,100,000 

Website: https://greaterfamilyhealth.org/

Primary focus: behavioral health

Funded program: improve mental health and integration of youth who have experienced forced migration through school-based trauma-informed services and capacity building for caregivers and staff

Communities: Chicago

Duration: 3-year

Year awarded: 2024

Award: $633,572 

Website: https://www.heartlandalliance.org/program/marjorie-kovler-center/

Primary focus: behavioral health

Funded program: expand bilingual mental health education, counseling, case management, and health education programming, including support groups and dedicated outreach personnel

Communities: Highwood, Mundelein, Waukegan

Duration: 3-year

Year awarded: 2022

Award: $1,854,000

Website: https://highwoodlibrary.org/

Primary focus: behavioral health

Funded program: Upskill staff and expand capacity to treat people experiencing complex trauma, especially those in the LGBTQ+ community

Communities: Chicago

Duration: 2-year

Year awarded: 2023

Award: $402,175 

Website: https://howardbrown.org/

Primary focus: behavioral health

Funded program: provide school-based mental health counseling services to students and families with a focus on underserved populations

Communities: Aurora, Bolingbrook, Plainfield, Naperville

Duration: 3-year

Year awarded: 2022

Award: $1,250,666 

Website: https://www.ipsd.org/

Primary focus: behavioral health

Funded program: enhance mobile behavioral health crisis response, providing safe, accessible and 24/7 mental health services, navigation and follow-up

Communities: Elk Grove Village, Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates, Mount Prospect 

Duration: 3-year

Year awarded: 2023

Award: $600,000 

Website: https://www.kennethyoung.org/

Primary focus: workforce development

Funded program: provide healthcare career exposure for teens including behavioral and mental health professions, Youth Mental Health First Aid training for adults, and teen Mental Health First Aid training for high school students

Communities: Aurora, Bolingbrook, Plainfield, Naperville

Duration: 3-year

Year awarded: 2022

Award: $750,000

Website: https://kidsmatter2us.org/

Primary focus: workforce development

Funded program: renovate facility to enhance adult day services and launch new job training program for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities

Communities: Warrenville

Duration: 1-year

Year awarded: 2024

Award: $300,000 

Website: https://www.littlefriendsinc.org/

Primary focus: food insecurity

Funded program: promote increased access to food via mobile delivery, and extended evening and weekend hours for the pantry

Communities: Naperville

Duration: 1-year

Year awarded: 2024

Award: $297,000

Website: https://www.loaves-fishes.org/

Primary focus: behavioral health

Funded program: expand access to behavioral health care at LSSI's Welcoming Center, a walk-in community mental health clinic that provides counseling, crisis intervention, psychiatric serves, and follow-up to hospitalizations

Communities: Chicago

Duration: 3-year

Year awarded: 2024

Award: $600,000 

Website: http://www.lssi.org/

Primary focus: behavioral health

Funded program: increase access to treatment, follow‐up services, and recovery for behavioral health conditions and substance use disorders (SUD)

Communities: Naperville, Elmhurst

Duration: 3-year

Year awarded: 2024

Award: $945,000

Website: https://hcenter.org/

Primary focus: access to care

Funded program: provide accessible, affordable, culturally sensitive primary, preventive and specialty medical, dental and behavioral healthcare to under-resourced, un/underinsured community members

Communities: Chicago, Evanston, Lincolnwood, Skokie

Duration: 3-year

Year awarded: 2024

Award: $665,000

Website: https://midwestrefuahhealthcenter.org/

Primary focus: behavioral health

Funded program: support training and development of peer mental health specialists to increase access to mental health services to the community

Communities: Naperville

Duration: 3-year

Year awarded: 2024

Award: $609,428

Website: https://namidupage.org/

Primary focus: access to care

Funded program: reduce barriers to learning and increase potential for academic success through access to mental health services and support with housing, transportation, child care, access to care, and more

Communities: Naperville

Duration: 3-year

Year awarded: 2022

Award: $750,000

Website: https://nef203.org/

Primary focus: violence prevention

Funded program: support gun violence prevention and response programming, including outreach, mentoring, mediation, advocacy, and financial literacy

Communities: Chicago

Duration: 3-year

Year awarded: 2024

Award: $505,428

Website: https://www.onenorthside.org/

Primary focus: behavioral health

Funded program: expand access to affordable behavioral health services in eastern DuPage County through the newly established Outreach Counseling Center - York

Communities: Villa Park, Lombard

Duration: 2-year

Year awarded: 2022

Award: $674,533

Website: https://weareoutreach.org/

Primary focus: access to care

Funded program: increase access to vital resources for new immigrants and low-income residents, including food, clothing, and other social support services through intake and case management

Communities: Palatine, Rolling Meadows, Arlington Heights

Duration: 3-year

Year awarded: 2022

Award: $430,408

Website: https://www.poc.news/

Primary focus: behavioral health

Funded program: expand services to treat substance use disorders and provide ongoing recovery support for Northern Cook County residents involved with the criminal justice system

Communities: Cook County

Duration: 3-year

Year awarded: 2023

Award: $1,026,926

Websites: https://peerservices.org/ and https://www.tasc.org/tascweb/home.aspx

Primary focus: food insecurity

Funded program: create a comprehensive PRC Wheaton Campus featuring an expanded food pantry and increased education and empowerment program space to better serve our neighbors and meet growing community needs

Communities: Wheaton

Duration: 2-year

Year awarded: 2024

Award: $627,000

Website: https://www.peoplesrc.org/

Primary focus: workforce development

Funded program: recruit, train and launch firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) careers with a focus on young adults and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Communities: Romeoville

Duration: 1-year

Year awarded: 2024

Award: $100,000 

Website: http://www.romeoville.org/153/Fire-Academy

Primary focus: access to care

Funded program: expand mobile medical services in Lake County to improve health equity and long-term health outcomes, including screenings, educational sessions, vaccinations, point-of-care testing, conveniently delivered “on location” at trusted community organizations

Communities: Northern Lake County

Duration: 3-year

Year awarded: 2022

Award: $1,750,050 

Website: https://www.rfuclinics.com/services/caring-for-our-community/community-care-connection/

Primary focus: behavioral health

Funded program: remove critical transportation barrier to community-based services for children and families at risk and in need, including health care, counseling, job training, and support groups

Communities: Palatine 

Duration: 3-year

Year awarded: 2024

Award: $226,360 

Website: https://www.shelter-inc.org/

Primary focus: access to care

Funded program: connect immigrant community in Will and DuPage counties to health insurance benefits and other available community resources to break down barriers to healthcare access through trusted team of health justice workers, navigators, and community health workers

Communities: Will & DuPage County

Duration: 3-year

Year awarded: 2022

Award: $750,000

Website: https://www.ssipchicago.org/

Primary focus: behavioral health

Funded program: support construction of a recovery home for women and their children, including education and job training programs

Communities: Joliet

Duration: 2-year

Year awarded: 2022

Award: $300,000

Website: https://steppingstonestreatment.com/

Primary focus: financial wellbeing

Funded program: support the building of a new commercial hub for startups, small businesses, Black entrepreneurs and Evanston job creation

Communities: Evanston

Duration: 3-year

Year awarded: 2022

Award: $500,000 

Website: https://theauxevanston.com/

Primary focus: food insecurity

Funded program: support low-stigma food pantry, food rescue, mobile outreach, and navigation to public benefits and resources in Chicago

Communities: Chicago

Duration: 3-year

Year awarded: 2022

Award: $504,250

Website: https://friendshipcenterchicago.org/

Primary focus: behavioral health

Funded program: support youth mental health and wellness programs through outreach, expanded team of bilingual parent navigators, transportation, and health care career pathway experiences

Communities: Villa Park, Lombard, Oakbrook Terrace

Duration: 3-year

Year awarded: 2024

Award: $540,000 

Website: https://tritownymca.org/

Primary focus: behavioral health

Funded program: create an accessible mobile unit to expand access to mental health services, reduce stigma, and raise awareness of behavioral health community resources

Communities: Evanston

Duration: 3-year

Year awarded: 2024

Award: $571,600 

Website: http://www.tpoint.org/

Primary focus: food insecurity

Funded program: Expand access to healthy foods via community partner distribution enabled by ordering kiosks, storage lockers, and a refrigerated truck

Communities: Downers Grove

Duration: 1-year

Year awarded: 2024

Award: $151,600 

Website: https://wscpantry.org/

Primary focus:access to care

Funded program: promote culturally responsive outreach, health and behavioral health education, health screenings, healthcare case management and navigation support for individuals in Lake County, including referrals which connect individuals to local social service and medical agencies

Communities: Northern Lake County

Duration: 2-year

Year awarded: 2023

Award: $379,993

Website: https://www.ywcachicago.org/

Previous awards

We are honored to have supported the work of the following community-based organizations in these past partnerships.

Primary focus: behavioral health

Funded program: support renovation of a new behavioral health services facility in Waukegan for Lake County residents, especially Medicaid patients

Communities: Northern Lake County

Duration: 1-year

Year awarded: 2023

Award: $550,000

Website:https://www.josselyn.org/

Primary focus: food insecurity

Funded program: mobile food delivery program

Communities: Naperville

Duration: 1-year

Year awarded: 2022

Award: $325,500

Website: https://www.loaves-fishes.org/

Primary focus: behavioral health

Funded program: provide behavioral health services, including individual and group counseling sessions for Budlong Elementary in Chicago

Communities: Chicago

Duration: 1-year

Year awarded: 2023

Award: $120,000

Website:http://www.lssi.org/

Primary focus: workforce development

Funded program: Nursing Workforce Pathway Program

Communities: DuPage County

Duration: 1-year

Year awarded: 2022

Award: $93,000

Website: https://www.vnahealth.com/

Primary focus: access to care

Funded program: support new space and multilingual services for citizenship and English language classes, group and youth services and case management

Communities: Chicago

Duration: 1-year

Year awarded: 2023

Award: $500,000

Website:https://rccchicago.org/

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