NEW YORK, Nov. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Mutual of America announced today that Hilda's Place was named a Merit Finalist award recipient in the 2016 Community Partnership Award competition.
Hilda's Place is a transitional shelter that provides individuals without a home with wraparound support services, including temporary shelter, case management, help in securing government subsidies to support permanent housing and job-readiness training. The program grew from a partnership between Connections for the Homeless, a multiservice agency with education, employment, health and housing programs serving 31 communities throughout northern Cook County, and Interfaith Action of Evanston. A drop-in center provides a welcoming environment where homeless individuals can receive clothing, medical and health care and more. During 2016, 104 individuals took refuge at Hilda's Place and 344 individuals received services on the street or in the drop-in center. "Interfaith Action of Evanston runs a hospitality center that our clients can go to when Connections is not open, and staff there supports visitors in their work to achieve the goals they set with their Connections case managers," said Sue Loellbach, Director of Development. "This enables us to provide more comprehensive services and a model of support where individuals struggling with homelessness can come to build hope and confidence that they can find a better life."