Outreach program gets share of $800,000 grant to help homeless

DuPage Foundation Trustee Del Koch (left) stands with Jim Heinking, donor-adviser; Carol Simler and Valerie Jungels of the DuPagePads; and Mary Kay Kluge of the foundation.   Downers Grove Area Chamber of Commerce & Industry

DuPagePads recently received a grant from the DuPage Foundation to help support the organization's family outreach program.

DuPagePads is a not-for-profit organization that helps families and individuals get into a home and self-sufficiency. It was one of 37 not-for-profit organizations and six local collaboratives to receive a share of the $800,000 grant awarded during the DuPage Foundation’s Spring Grant Awards Breakfast in Glen Ellyn.

The grant will help provide continued access to case management and support services, which aims to reduce the amount of time children live in an unstable housing situation, according to a press release.

Carol Simler, the president and CEO of DuPagePads, said the grant will play a pivotal role in the lives of an estimated 100 children under 18 years of age.

“Research has shown that once children who were homeless obtain a place to call ‘home,’ their health improves and they can focus in school and excel in their studies," Simler said, according to the press release. "DuPagePads Family Outreach program keeps families engaged in comprehensive support services so that they can overcome their challenges to housing."

DuPagePads expects to use the funds for benefits like access to health care, employment training and advocating for children in local school districts. 

Collaboratives focusing on improving kindergarten-readiness in DuPage County also walked away with $317,612 from the foundation’s Bright and Early DuPage initiative, according to the press release.

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