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Emergency Fund Partner Deborah’s Place works to break the cycle of homelessness for women in Chicago. Deborah’s Place runs the Rebecca Johnson Apartments, a permanent housing facility for homeless women in Chicago. Among other things, Fund Manager Kathy Booton Wilson uses Emergency Fund assistance to pay security deposits and to buy basic household items for women ready to transition out of Deborah’s Place.

Women in Manufacturing Program

Completing the Women in Manufacturing Program at the Jane Addams Resource Corporation (JARC) is no small task. The participants, who train together for two and a half hours a night, three nights a week for six months, have to be determined to learn, and ready to deal with the hardships of working and going to school at the same time. But while the challenges are great, so is the reward. Through the program, the women learn to operate Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines, a sought-after skill in the manufacturing world.

5 Stories

Each year the Emergency Fund helps thousands of people in need. Below are five people who received help in 2010, thanks to our generous supporters like you.

How does the Emergency Fund choose its Partner Agencies?

The Emergency Fund touches the lives of struggling families and individuals through a collaborative and growing network of more than 51 partner organizations across the region. These partners distribute our financial assistance to help people during difficult times. We are committed to strengthening these relationships and to welcoming new partners as we cultivate our dedicated and compassionate community of giving.

Specifically, we always assess the following factors when choosing Partner Agencies:

The Power of Community

The Emergency Fund is focused on building our community. Together, we can bring strength to our cause. We can band together to fight for awareness and change by filling critical service gaps affecting people in a crisis or transition. Chicago needs that strength. By providing an immediate safety net during an unexpected occurrence in life, we can make a significant difference in the lives of our community members.

5 Facts

 The federal poverty level for a family of four is a mere $23,550 per year.

For many of us, the idea of supporting a family on $23,550 is out of the question.  For some, it would not even be enough money to support a single person.  This number is not as shocking as it might first seem.  In fact, a person living in Chicago making minimum wage ($8.25 an hour), and working full-time without any personal, vacation, or sick days (40 hours a week), will make approximately $16,000-$17,000 in a year. 

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