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Allstate Awards Adler $50K Grant to 
 Rejuvenate Chicago Neighborhood 04.27.17
Allstate Awards Adler $50K Grant to
Rejuvenate Chicago Neighborhood

Adler University will be providing restorative justice and community embedded mentoring to at-risk youth in an underserved South Side neighborhood, thanks to a $50,000 grant from The Allstate Insurance Company.

The insurance company’s support will facilitate a more robust infrastructure for 185 youth and their families through “Restoring Health in Back of the Yards”. The initiative kicked off Feb. 1 and will continue through Jan. 31, 2020. It reflects a collaborative effort between Adler University — specifically, the school’s Institute on Public Safety and Social Justice and Adler Community Health Services programs — and Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation (PBMR).

Each partner brings a specific set of services to the program’s shared mission of helping young people and their families to: heal from trauma; develop positive life skills; and reengage with school, job, family and life opportunities. Led by Fr. David Kelly, PMBR will act as participants’ foundation, safe place and Restorative Justice, or RJ, Hub for recovery and growth.

Restoring Health in Back of the Yards participants will receive personalized mentoring and supportive services that enable them to complete their education, find and keep jobs, and foster healthier family relationships. Data reflects a 26 percent decrease in recidivism among young offenders who complete RJ programs.

Back of the Yards was selected because of its high need for restorative services. The neighborhood has long maintained a reputation for being tough, gritty, gang-ridden and violent. From April 2013 to 2014, the community represented 4.1 percent of Chicago’s population yet accounted for 10.6 percent of its violent crimes. Slightly more than 60 percent of its young adult offenders return to jail or prison within three years of their release. The same data set indicates that the majority of those individuals violate court orders rather than commit new crimes.

The ministry has been serving court-involved and at-risk youth and their families since 2000. Adler University Health Services professionals teamed up with the its coordinators in February 2016 to fill the existing Back of the Yards area’s void in mental health care providers.

The university’s student-clinicians assist with outreach and other community-building activities and provide therapeutic services to complement and enhance the ministry’s work. These students are trained in social justice as well as couple and family therapy. The university will also gather data to gauge and improve the initiatives’ impacts. Other integral community partners include INVC; several local elementary, middle and high schools; Port Ministries; and the Resurrection Project.

About Adler University

Adler University educates students to engage the world and create a more just society. Established in 1952, it enrolls more than 1,400 students in master’s and doctoral programs for social change through its campuses in downtown Chicago and Vancouver, as well as an Online Campus. Adler University’s mission is to continue the pioneering work of Alfred Adler, the first community psychologist, by graduating socially responsible practitioners, engaging communities and advancing social justice.

About The Allstate Corporation

The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life’s uncertainties through auto, home, life and other insurance offered through its Allstate, Esurance, Encompass and Answer Financial brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate®.” The Allstate brand’s network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In the 20 years since Allstate became a fully independent public company, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners have donated more than $405 million to support local communities.