- Oct 4
[CHICAGO, IL] — U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today visited the Gateway Foundation’s Kedzie Recovery Home (KRH) in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood and held a roundtable with the Foundation’s leadership to emphasize her support for their work in helping Chicagoans lead healthy, fulfilling lives during recovery. Duckworth and the group also discussed the importance of the Home’s work in the face of the nation’s opioid crisis, as well as the Senator’s successful efforts in securing $1.33 million for KRH to become one of the few ADA-accessible recovery homes in Chicago. The Senator was joined by various officials including State Senator Omar Aquino (IL-02), Gateway Foundation Interim CEO and President Marc Turner, Senior Executive Director of Operations for Chicago Programs Dr. Ciuinal Jones Lewis and Kedzie Recovery Home Program Director Karen Elliot Clark. Photos are available here.
“The folks I met with from the Gateway Foundation and the Kedzie Recovery Home understand that helping all Illinoisans not just live, but thrive, in recovery requires ADA-accessible facilities, stable living environments, mental health support and compassion,” Duckworth said. “We also agreed that people they help deserve a comprehensive, coordinated effort from officials at every level of government and from local organizations. I’m proud that I was able to help secure over $1 million for facility updates and accessibility renovations here, and I will keep working to serve Illinois’s underserved communities.”
“We are grateful to Senator Duckworth including us in her congressionally directed spending program,” said Interim Chief Executive Officer Marc Turner, MS. “This grant of $1.33M will allow us to make our Kedzie Recovery Home physically accessible to future clients and will add to the existing gaps that exist in recovery housing in Illinois. Gateway has been running this lifesaving program at the Kedzie site for 50 years and we have touched the lives of thousands. Housing options that support recovery are limited in the system of care, and this grant will assure continuum of care, increasing the likelihood that people will stay in long-term recovery.”
The $1.33 million Senator Duckworth secured for KRH is intended to help fund a renovation project to improve service delivery capabilities by addressing deferred maintenance, updating the facility to accommodate individuals with mobility issues and continuing to establish an environment that promotes recovery.