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VIsiting Nurses Association Foundation Provides $50,000 grant
For the fifth consecutive year, the well-respected VNA Foundation in Chicago has provided a grant to Porchlight Counseling Services to enable Porchlight to provide free, high-quality counseling to surivors of college sexual assault.
The VNA Foundation Board of Directors has awarded a grant of $50,000 to Porchlight. The grant will fund counseling and an expansion of staff that will allow Porchlight to raise awareness about this epidemic and serve more survivors. This is the largest foundation grant Porchlight has received in our 11-year history. VNA uses a rigorous application process. That makes this grant a huge milestone and a validation of our organization and of our work with survivors.
From 1890 to 1995, the Visiting Nurse Association of Chicago employed its own nurses and other health professionals to provide health care to the underprivileged. Now, the VNA Foundation operates exclusively as a grantmaking foundation, giving financial support to nonprofit organizations offering home- and community-based care to the underserved.
Survivors of sexual assault on a college campus are an underserved population, which fits with the mission of the VNA Foundation. Survivors often encounter waiting lists on campus when they seek counseling, and they do not have the money to pay for private counseling. VNA truly understands the need for a free and community-based program of high-quality counseling for college sexual assault survivors.
At Porchlight, we have skilled therapists located throughout Chicagoland so that help is available in the student's own community. We also address the financial barriers student survivors face by providing a free program of counseling. Our counseling program helps survivors stay in school and return to good mental health.
Thank you, thank you, thank you, VNA Foundation, and thank you to all of our wonderful supporters!
Porchlight named Excellent Emerging Organization in Chicago
We are pleased to announce that Porchlight Counseling Services was named Excellent Emerging Organization (2013) by the Axelson Center for Non-Profit Management at North Park University in Chicago. A selection committee reviewed applications and selected three finalists. Porchlight was invited for an interview with the committee and ultimately chosen as the honoree. The award recognizes "young organizations whose potential for growth and impact is high. The winning organization demonstrates that it is capable of leadership within its subsector, as well as innovation in its programs and service delivery. While young and small, the organization practices financial stability, sound management, and visions and plans for its future success. The Board, staff, volunteers and clients of Porchlight are incredibly honored to have been recognized by the prestigious Axelson Center, and the honor motivates us to continue to provide top-quality service to survivors of college sexual assault. Porchlight received a $2,500 unrestricted grant, a commemorative award and a capacity-building package valued at $25,000. Thank you to everyone who has supported the mission and work of Porchlight!Read more about the award here: Excellent Emerging Organization Award
Porchlight documentary wins an Emmy!
"One in Five," a program about Porchlight's work with survivors of college sexual assault and the epidemic of college sexual assault in this country won a Midwest Emmy!! The 30-minute program will air on PBS and other stations in the United States and Canada. Huge thanks to Life Focus and to producer Mona Hennein, a five-time Emmy winner, and her incredible team for the fantastic job they did on this program. Special love and thanks to Amy, Megan and Kathy, three survivors who bravely share their stories and inspiration in the program.
Porchlight on WBEZ
We had a wonderful opportunity on March 13, 2014, to talk on air with WBEZ Morning Shift host Tony Sarabia and Know Your IX co-founder Dana Bolger. The segment was a much appreciated opportunity to raise awareness about the epidemic of college sexual assault and President Obama's new White House Task Force, which will address how to improve prevention, reduce assaults and provide more support to survivors. Listen to the interview here: WBEZ interview
Center for Public Integrity Study and NPR series on campus sexual assault
The Center for Public Integrity and NPR conducted an investigation into campus sexual assault and how schools are failing students.
Read the Center for Public Integrity's Findings Here
Listen to NPR's Series of Reports Here