Lawrence Hall Receives COVID-19 Grant from SC Johnson

The grant helps Lawrence Hall address unexpected expenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic

CHICAGO, IL — Lawrence Hall is pleased to announce it has received a grant from SC Johnson to help fund youth programming and organizational response to COVID-19. This support assists all of Lawrence Hall’s five core programs, most notably the Child and Family Treatment Center (CFTC), whose staff and residential youth are most at risk of COVID-19 exposure.

The $30,000 grant will offset the cost of deep cleaning the entire CFTC building that occurred this past spring, as well as provide on-site COVID-19 testing for all Main Campus youth and staff through our partners at Thorek Memorial Hospital. SC Johnson’s grant also aided in funding direct care workers to help compensate for the increased health risk while at work and will help fund additional nursing staff this fall to meet the increased demand of our CFTC’s medical clinic.

Additionally, the grant supports essential needs such as:

  • Groceries for foster families and Transitional/Independent Living Program youth
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) and disinfectant supplies
  • Youth computer tablets for remote learning
  • Weekly lunches for direct care staff to boost morale

“Already in difficult circumstances before the pandemic, the youth and families we serve have been absolutely upended by this crisis. This grant from SC Johnson enables us to provide a sense of safety and normalcy to those in our care, saying, ‘We see your needs, we’re all in this together, and we’re here to help,’” said Kara Teeple, CEO of Lawrence Hall. Through this grant, Lawrence Hall will bolster the physical and emotional health of Lawrence Hall youth, families, and staff during the pandemic while continuing to provide a vast array of high-quality services.

Annually serving over 1,400 youth and families, Lawrence Hall is a community-based 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 and is a statewide leader in highly effective, evidence-based, and innovative therapeutic treatment. Their five core programs—the CFTC, Therapeutic Day School, Foster Care, Project Work workforce development, and Transitional/Independent Living Program—have met the changing and complex needs of youth and families by not only becoming more community based, but also by developing more preventative programs that help curb violence in Chicago’s communities.