Stepping Stones Receives Grant from the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois

Stepping Stones of Rockford, Inc. is proud to announce that it has received a $5000.00 grant from the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois Grant Program, with the support from the Dr. Louis and Violet Rubin Fund. The grant will help fund the installation of a new privacy fence at our North Main Street Group home. 

Enhanced safety, privacy and attractiveness. The new fence will enhance the attractiveness of the North Main Street Group home property in order to improve the appeal of the neighborhood, while also providing an additional level of safety and privacy of the residents. This enhanced safety and privacy will improve the living environment at the Group home, which will aid in our residents' treatment outcomes and ongoing recovery from mental illness. The fence is being installed at this time (June 2019). 

Good Neighbor, Enhanced Treatment Experience. Susan Schroeder, LCSW, CEO of Stepping Stones of Rockford said about the grant, "I agree with E. Fuller Torrey, M.S., one of our country's leading experts on schizophrenia and rehabilitation, that one of the most important decisions adults with mental illness, and their families, must make is where the person should live. We are proud to make this decision easier for adults in Rockford by providing this fully-supervised group home. The new fence is in-line with our commitment to be a good neighbor and will enhance the treatment experience and safety for all residents, especially those who have experienced past traumatic events living there."

The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois: Directly impacting treatment at Stepping Stones. The North Main Street group home has the capacity to serve six adults. Clinical staff members provide 24-hour supervision, encouragement and treatment, helping residents rebuild their lives by developing skills needed the skills needed to manage their mental illness and live more independently. Thank you to the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois for making a difference to the treatment environment at our North Main Street Group home!

About the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois: The mission of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois (CFNIL) is to serve as a catalyst for giving in order to attract, preserve and grow an endowment for the current and future needs of the people of Northern Illinois. Since its foundation in 1953, CFNIL has granted over $71 million for charitable purposes. To learn more about CFNIL's grantmaking and commitment to endowment at

Stepping Stones: Improving Lives One Step at a Time. Stepping Stones of Rockford is a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit social service organization that provides housing and psychiatric rehabilitation services for adults with serious mental illness and adults with severe emotional disturbances. Since beginning as a single halfway house in 1969, Stepping Stones has grown to become Northern Illinois' leading provider of residential programs designed to meet the housing and recovery needs of adults with mental illness. To learn more about Stepping Stones, visit

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