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Haymarket Center

The majority of Haymarket Center’s clients are homeless or marginally housed when they arrive at The Center for treatment. They have usually burned all bridges with their families, so when they are ready to transition back into the community they need a place to stay. Often, they lack the resources to establish stable living environments. Haymarket Center uses various governmental programs to connect clients to housing but had no way to provide for the other
re-entry needs of these disadvantaged men.

First Nonprofit Foundation awarded Haymarket Center a grant of $15,000 to provide these other services to their male clients. Clients might need a crib for a child, appropriate clothing for a job search or to pay an outstanding utility bill in order to receive new service.

Haymarket anticipates that this grant will bridge this community re-entry funding gap for approximately 80 alcohol or drug-addicted men. The funds will be spent throughout 2014 as needs
arise and a record of all purchases will be kept. This simple model of helping clients with ancillary
needs to help them get established plays a crucial role in determining positive treatment outcomes and preventing relapse.

The model can be easily replicated by other nonprofits serving this population as Haymarket Center has replicated it from a similar program for their female clients.

This project will be sustainable with consistent funding. Haymarket is hopeful that by establishing the program with First Nonprofit Foundation’s award and demonstrating results, they will be able to persuade other funders to help continue the program.



Mission Statement

The mission of Haymarket Center is to aid people with chemical dependency in their recovery by providing a continuum of optimal professional care that is responsive to the identified needs of the community. Haymarket continues Monsignor Ignatius McDermott’s (Father Mac) mission of treating the ”whole person” and restoring stability to those in treatment and their families.
Haymarket goes beyond treatment of addiction—from detoxification to recovery to finding a home, learning a job skill and gaining employment. Haymarket Center’s goal is to provide its clients with opportunities enabling them to lead productive and creative lifestyles without drugs.

Organization History

Believing that addiction is a disease calling for treatment rather than criminalization, Monsignor Ignatius McDermott established Haymarket Center when he retired from Catholic Charities in 1975. His goal was to help alcoholic men living on the street.

Today, Haymarket Center is Chicago’s largest community-based, nonprofit provider of substance use disorders treatment. Their programs encompass all levels of substance use disorders treatment including medically monitored detoxification, residential, intensive outpatient, and recovery homes. With 412 employees, they serve 16,000 to 20,000 men and women addicted to alcohol or any drug. Services are provided through their main location on Chicago’s west side and several outpatient sites throughout Chicago and the suburbs.

"Funding for the treatment of alcohol and drug abuse has been cut by 40% by the State of Illinois over the past 4 to 5 years so we are overburdened and our time is stretched. The First Nonprofit Foundation grant process was simple and smooth. The amount of documentation required was appropriate for the amount of funding, helping us to manage our workload."

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