Coleman Foundation Awards Nearly $1 Million for Developmental Disabilities Programs

The Chicago-based Coleman Foundation has announced second-quarter grants totaling nearly $1 million to four organizations working to improve the quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Awarded as part of the foundation's Developmental Disabilities Impact Plan, the grants include $352,380 to Seguin Services, Inc. in support of the agency's Building Bridges to the Future initiative, which is designed to help individuals with developmental disabilities transition from school to a post-school environment. With the grant, Seguin and eight other organizations will continue to provide families in the Chicago metro and Rockford areas with coaching; connections to financial, medical and legal resources; and adult services training.

The other grant recipients are Misericordia Heart of Mercy, which was awarded $500,000 to build four homes designed to meet the needs of aging residents with developmental disabilities; Blue Cap, which received $90,000 to expand its residential services, with a focus on the skills needed to live independently, freedom of choice, economic self-sufficiency, and community integration; and TASH, which was awarded $53,000 in support of its "A Movement United" conference, which will feature sessions on transition to community living as well as microentrepreneurship for individuals with developmental disabilities.