A Safe Place

For nearly 40 years, A Safe Place has provided services to victims of domestic abuse and their families as the sole provider exclusively addressing domestic violence in Lake County. A Safe Place offers comprehensive domestic violence services that provide a safety net to assist victims and their children. They provide a 24-hour crisis line, shelter, transitional & permanent housing, individual & group counseling and therapy, art therapy, orders of protection, safe custody exchanges, supervised visitations, community education, and supportive services. HPCF’s grant supports counseling for local residents.


Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters develops high-impact mentoring relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people facing adversity. Mentors (“Bigs”) work with children (“Littles”) in the community, workplaces, their schools, and many places in between. Big Brothers Big Sisters provides ongoing professional support to volunteers, children, and parents/caregivers throughout the life of the match. 100% of the grant funds from the Highland Park Community Foundation directly supports the Highland Park Neighborhood Mentoring Program through which Highland Park and Highwood youth are paired in one-to-one relationships with caring mentors.


Blessings in a Backpack Highland Park

Blessings in a Backpack is designed to feed school-age children whose families qualify for Federal programs and have little or no food at home on weekends so every school-aged child in America has the nourishment needed to learn and grow. As a leader in the movement to end childhood hunger, Blessings strives to ensure children don’t go hungry on the weekends by empowering individuals and communities to take action.  Funds from the Highland Park Community Foundation were used to support this program.


Community – The Anti-Drug Coalition

Community – The Anti-Drug Coalition (CTAD) is a community coalition that is comprised of parents, local government, school officials, clergy, and health providers. CTAD’s mission is to generate conversation and provide accurate information about alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use in our community.  CTAD is a volunteer-led organization, which strives to build and sustain a safe and drug-free community in which our youth feel protected, confident and empowered to make healthy choices. They bring together input and contributions from all sectors of the community—schools, parents, youth, government, healthcare, faith, law enforcement, youth-serving organizations and more—to transform the environment around our youth so that the drug-free choice is the easy choice. The grant from the Highland Park Community Foundation supports CTAD’s youth program through which Highland Park High School students are trained in and work together to implement evidence-based, drug-prevention strategies in their school and community.


Family Service of Lake County – Community Counseling

Founded in 1930, Family Service of Lake County responds to the ever-changing needs of the community with professional social services, educational programs and case management referrals for all ages. Family Service of Lake County continues to evolve to address critical community needs in Highland Park and Highwood. Clients come from diverse communities and across the full economic spectrum and life cycle. Their history is to serve all in need, regardless of ability to pay. Most services are available at no out-of-pocket cost to the client. Family Service annually serve over 6,000 clients of all ages.

Family Service works to ensure that their supportive services can be affordable for all who need them. Supporters like the Highland Park Community Foundation help make that possible. With the Foundation’s help, they are able to make counseling available even to a significant number of clients who are uninsured or underinsured or cannot pay their minimum sliding-scale fee of $15.


Family Service of Lake County: Latino Educational Continuum

The Latino Educational Continuum supports students and their families from first grade through high school graduation and transition to college. Continuum programs include After-School Homework Club for Oak Terrace Elementary School first-fifth graders, Youth Educational Support & Success (YESS) program for sixth-eighth graders at Northwood Jr. High School, and Latino Youth Initiative (LYI) at Highland Park High School. Their graduates and their families continue to acknowledge that their path to life success has been greatly improved by the support they received from the Continuum. Today, the need for these programs is more essential than ever to the Highland Park/Highwood Latino community. The Foundation’s grant has helped Nuestro Center develop a more structured program that included improving academic performance, bridging the educational gap between Latino students and their peers and promoting the social-emotional growth of students.


Highland Park/Highwood Legal Aid Clinic

Since May of 2015, the North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic has served hundreds of members of the community, primarily in the areas of housing, immigration, and domestic violence.  The Clinic supports the provision of pro bono legal services provided to all qualifying individuals who live in Highland Park and Highwood. Highland Park Community Foundation’s funding will help to design and implement a domestic violence program to address the many legal and social issues involving family stress, domestic abuse, and intimate partner disturbances.


Jewish Council & Family Service – Response

Response is a safe, welcoming space where teens receive support to deal with life’s challenges, meet new friends, and above all, feel free to be themselves. Their mission is to support adolescents and their families in the Jewish and general community by providing prevention, outreach, counseling and medical services in a teen-friendly environment that empowers teens to make healthy life choices. The grant from the Highland Park Community Foundation supports Operation Snowball which is a year-long leadership program for teens culminating in a 3-day retreat, which addresses topics including bullying, alcohol abuse, identity, diversity, communication, and drug prevention.


Jordan Michael Filler Foundation

The Jordan Michael Filler Foundation (JMFF) was organized to publicly address and combat the disease of substance use disorder. With an emphasis on youth, opioids, and the mental health issues that often precipitate substance use disorder, JMFF takes a multi-faceted approach to meeting our community’s growing needs. JMFF provides on-going parent and student education courses in local middle and high schools. JMFF also provides free access to a 24/7 text-based medical and mental health hotline. Their HPCF grant funds will support its Naloxone Education and Training program.


Mothers Trust Foundation

Mothers Trust Foundation partners with over 200 social workers, school counselors, public health nurses, and other professionals who work with children and families and submit requests on their behalf. Service requests can be for basic needs like clothing and underwear; stable housing including rent; security deposits or utility assistance; enrichment opportunities including playing a sport or musical instrument or attending summer camp; education-related assistance; and medical assistance including eye glasses, prescriptions and counseling. HPCF’s grant will assist in funding summer camp, education and enrichment activities.

Northern Illinois Food Bank

With the help of the Highland Park Community Foundation, the food bank’s mobile pantry program provided regular distributions on the second and fourth Fridays of each month at the Highwood Recreation Center, serving between 100-120 families at each distribution.


Random Acts of Flowers Chicago

Random Acts of Flowers improves the emotional health and well being of individuals in healthcare facilities by delivering recycled flowers, encouragement, and personal moments of kindness. Through the program, flowers that are donated to the organization are arranged into bouquets that are delivered to “unsuspecting people” in healthcare facilities at no charge to the recipient or the facility. The grant from the Highland Park Community Foundation will be used to deliver bouquets to residents in nursing homes in Highland Park.


Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center

Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center (ZCenter) is the only rape crisis center in Lake County. Built on the courage of survivors, staff, volunteers and donors, ZCenter has been serving the community as a non-profit center against sexual assault and abuse since 1983. The Highland Park Community Foundation’s grant supports ZCenter’s Children’s Program. Through counseling and community education, this program helps survivors of sexual assault heal, prevent re-traumatization, and change assumptions and attitudes about rape and sexual abuse.