Shelter Care Ministries gets $30,000 grant

Online Staff Report

Shelter Care Ministries has been awarded a grant of $30,000 by the Norris A. and Margaret K. Aldeen Fund of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois,” Lou Ness, executive director of Shelter Care, has announced.

Shelter Care will use the grant money to serve the families and children who are housed in Shelter Care’s Doorsteps Housing Program. The program serves families who are living in cars or places unfit for human habitation and moves them into a safe environment, where case managers work with them to stabilize their situations and move them toward permanent housing of their own.

Shelter Care Ministries was established in 1984 by Emmanuel Episcopal Church in response to the needs of a growing homeless population. The programs have expanded since then to include Jubilee Center, a daytime drop-in center serving individuals with serious chronic mental illness, emergency/transitional or permanent supportive housing programs for families that are homeless, a drop-in day center (MAYA’S House) for children who are homeless and Careers & MORE, which prepares clients for the job market by providing classes, coaching and support.

The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois is the area’s largest provider of grants and scholarships. Its mission is to attract, grow and preserve an endowment for the needs of the people of northern Illinois.

For more about Shelter Care Ministries and how you can be a partner in the growing efforts, contact Judy Johnson at or phone Shelter Care at (815) 964-5520.

Posted Dec. 19, 2014

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