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Hesed House Receives $25K Grant From Community Foundation

The Beacon-News

For further information:
Ryan J. Dowd, Executive Director
(630) 897-2156 ext. 536


Once again, the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley has recognized, and responded to, an opportunity to help improve and enrich the lives of individuals in our community.  I am honored to recognize the Foundation for recently awarding a $25,000 grant to Hesed House to sponsor the Educational Opportunities Office in its new Homeless Resource Center at 680 South River Street.

We are extremely grateful for this most generous grant from the Community Foundation and are proud to display its name on the Educational Opportunities Office as well as on the Wall of Honor gracing our new building.  The guidance and one-on-one support that will take place in the Educational Opportunities Office is a critical component in getting individuals and families out of homelessness.  Providing educational opportunities to individuals who would otherwise not have access to, or knowledge of, is an important first step for many who are working to reclaim independent lives.

This generous donation is another example of the stewardship  exercised by the Community Foundation in allocating funds in the most meaningful ways on behalf of the local citizens who provide resources to the Foundation.  Hesed House, in turn, will continue to work hard to validate the trust the Foundation has placed in its hands to change the lives of our poorest neighbors.

Hesed House acquired the 38,000 SF facility at 680 South River Street, Aurora in the fall of 2007 for additional space to expand services to help individuals out of homelessness. The 5,000 SF Phase I renovation was completed in June of this year, providing 15 offices for case managers; a work-force development professional; mental health and addictions counseling; legal services; educational opportunities, veterans and re-housing assistance; a media lab;  a homeless prevention program  and a training and conference center.

On behalf of the men, women and children served at Hesed House, its board of directors, staff and volunteers, we say thank you, to the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley.

Ryan J. Dowd, Atty., MPA
Hesed House Executive Director

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

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

Marianne Renner

Past Scholarship Recipient & Current Leadership Coach

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

…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

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

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