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Breaking Free Receives $17K Grant From Community Foundation

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Ann E. Spehar, Director of Development

Breaking Free announced today that it is the proud recipient of a $17,875 grant from the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley for the purchase of new, customizable, electronic record-keeping and billing software.

As a community-based provider of comprehensive services, Breaking Free works collaboratively with a broad base of local agencies to help youth remain drug-free.  For those individuals who become harmfully involved in the use of alcohol and other drugs, Breaking Free is a licensed provider of outpatient treatment services that meet the needs of these individuals and their families.  “We have amazing, talented counselors and social workers coupled with an unmatched treatment program,” says Michael Moran, MA, CADC, Executive Director.  “This generous grant from the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley will increase our capacity and improve our efficiency in numerous ways.  We are so very grateful.”

Breaking Free provides assessment, outpatient and intensive outpatient services at a variety of schools throughout Kane and DuPage Counties for students that have been identified as in need of substance abuse services.  By integrating the services with the school setting, this model breaks down many of the barriers to engagement in treatment by providing services on-site during the school day.

“Project SAFE,” a specialized intensive outpatient program for substance-involved women who have been charged with child neglect or abuse is also run by Breaking Free.  Through the use of intensive outreach services, gender-specific programming and parent-training services, this program provides it’s clients with the opportunity to enter recovery and regain or retain their parental rights.

Outpatient assessment and treatment services are also available for adults.  With an emphasis on long-term abstinence, Breaking Free counselors provide individual, group and family treatment to help clients begin and maintain their recovery from mood-altering substances.

In addition, Breaking Free also provides specialized substance abuse assessment and early intervention services to the Kane County Court Services Department for both juvenile and adult probationers.

These programs are examples of Breaking Free’s innovative perspective partnered with its professional staff.  “Multidisciplinary, clinical meetings are conducted on a weekly basis to review clients for purposes of admission, discharge and treatment planning, “ says Barb Goy, LCSW, CADC, who provides oversight and supervision of all clinical services, including the Dunham Student Assistance Center.  “The new software will allow our counselors, social workers and treatment providers more timely access to both active and stored records for improved continuity of care.  We are truly thrilled and looking forward to assisting more clients because of our improved technology.”

The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley is a collection of individual funds and resources given by local citizens to enhance and support the quality of life in the Fox River Valley in Illinois.  It is a tax-exempt public charity that allows individuals, businesses, and other non-profit organizations to establish permanent endowment and temporary funds within the confines of one large foundation. Foundation funds are used to provide grants to non-profit organizations and scholarships to area students. The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley serves the Greater Aurora Area, the TriCities and Kendall County in the State of Illinois.

More About Breaking Free

Breaking Free is the leading organization in our community providing prevention, treatment and education programs focused on alcohol and drug abuse, child abuse and mental health. We work to strengthen families one person at a time.

Challenges such as substance abuse, violence, and child abuse strike at the very heart of our community, and Breaking Free is here to meet those challenges. Located in Aurora but working in DuPage, Grundy, Kane and Kendall Counties, each month we assist more than 900 people – children, adolescents, adults as well as entire families. People who are in desperate need of our services with nowhere else to go.  Founded in 1977, we expand our continuum of care as needed to meet the ever-changing and increasingly complex needs of today’s families.

We chose the Community Foundation because of its reputation. It’s well known, established and we can trust them to do the job for us.

Dick Schindel

Richard and Susan Schindel Scholarship Funds

A community foundation is a donor-driven organization that helps donors custom-design funds that reflect their charitable interests. Through the years, grants from these funds have made a significant impact on our local communities.

Sharon Stredde

President Emeritus

Thank you very much for supporting my college education for these four years. I will never be able to repay you for the opportunity that this scholarship has given to me.

Julia H.

[Renewing Scholarship Recipient] Graduate of Hinkley-Big Rock High School

As a first-generation college student from a low-income family, I was worried about how I was going to pay for books and supplies. This scholarship will allow me to focus more on my studies instead of worrying about how to afford college. I am working to not only create opportunities for myself but to motivate future generations. Thank you so much for helping me along this journey!

Moises J.

Claude & Alice Allen Memorial Scholarship Recipient

There’s no question in my mind that the scholarship I received opened up possibilities.

Marianne Renner

Past Scholarship Recipient & Current Leadership Coach

…you can always start small, even $25 can make a difference. Remember we can’t take our money with us. Even if it’s just your gift of time. Volunteer and get involved.

Cris Anderson

Cristina & Thomas S. Anderson Endowment Fund | Tom & Cris Anderson Colonial Advisory Fund

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