Lawrence Hall Receives COVID-19 Grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois

CHICAGO, IL – To help ease the ongoing needs of Illinoisans created by the COVID-19 pandemic, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) has awarded Lawrence Hall a $20,000 grant as part of BCBSIL’s latest round of giving aimed at helping the helpers.

“For the past year, we’ve seen an uptick in our youth’s need for clinical services due to the strains of quarantine life, and BCBSIL’s generous grant will help us continue to meet those increased needs,” Lawrence Hall’s CEO Kara Teeple explained. “Fewer family visits, no in-person classes, and the stay-at-home orders have made our therapies, mentoring programs, and other mental health supports essential to getting our youth and families to the other side of this pandemic.”

BCBSIL selected 175 organizations across Illinois with missions focused on access to care, hunger, shelter and behavioral health care, and COVID-19 health education and vaccine access to receive $20,000 grants as part of its COVID-19 Community Collaboration Fund.

“A year into the pandemic and the health, economic and social impacts around Illinois are still great,” said Harmony Harrington, Vice President of Government and Community Relations for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois. “We’re proud to be able to help so many organizations increase their capacity to help more people receive the help they need.”

See the full list of grantees here.

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About Lawrence Hall
Annually serving over 1,400 youth and families, Lawrence Hall is a social service agency that fosters resilience, healing, and hope in youth and families in vulnerable circumstances. For more than 150 years, Lawrence Hall has been delivering high-quality care throughout the Chicago metropolitan area through their five core programs—the Child and Family Treatment Center, Therapeutic Day School, Foster Care, Project Work, and Transitional/Independent Living Program. Lawrence Hall has met the changing and complex needs of youth and families by not only becoming more community centric, but also by developing more preventative programs that help curb violence in Chicago’s communities.

About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) is committed to expanding access to quality, cost-effective health care to as many people as possible in Illinois. BCBSIL is dedicated to innovation and exploring, nurturing, and activating future possibilities to make the health care system work better for our members and our communities.