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Letter from the
Board President

In FY21, we started to recognize that the pandemic was going to be much more long-term than many had originally anticipated. We adapted to this reality by finding innovative and safe ways to run programming and initiatives that we had been facilitating for years. We also saw the need to create new programs, provide new services and build new partnerships in order to respond to the overwhelming challenges that our community was facing. FY21 was a year of incredible growth for Enlace, and for many other non-profits across the country. We worked hard to guide this growth with intentionality and a focus on long-term sustainability because we recognized that it would put us in a better position to address the needs that existed before the pandemic and will continue to exist moving forward.

Maurice Soné

Section 1

We took advantage of the summer weather to do safe activities that were in-person and outdoors.

In addition to developing their organizing skills, Summer Youth Leadership Academy participants did Census outreach and painted a mural with other youth leaders.

Section 2

Moving into the fall, it became clear that we would need to adapt to pandemic restrictions for a much longer time than many had expected.

We got creative in order to make sure that participants could fully participate. For example, Community Schools staff dropped off bags of supplies at participants’ houses before programs started.

Section 3

By the end of 2020, we had experienced a lot of growth.


The Violence Prevention Team added a number of staff - including Victim Advocate, Clinical Case Manager, Support Manager and new School-Based Counselors - and expanded its street intervention efforts into the Lower West Side.

Secton 4

Enlace has always relied on many strong partners, and there were a few that were absolutely essential during this time.

Second Federal Self-Help Federal Credit Union made sure that recipients of the Little Village Emergency Assistance Fund could easily collect their money regardless of whether they had a bank account. Second Federal has a history of making banking accessible for immigrants.

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Section 5

It was a very difficult year, but there was a lot to celebrate.

The first cohort of the bilingual community health worker certificate program graduated.

Section 6

In June 2020, Sections of the Healthy Illinois for All bill were passed. Illinois became the first state in the country to expand publicly funded healthcare coverage to uninsured low-income seniors who are undocumented or permanent residents of less than five years. In June 2021, continued advocacy efforts led to the expansion of coverage to those 55 to 64 years old.

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Birds Eye View of the Numbers

Community Health

Pandemic Response


people received one-on-one COVID health literacy


people were supported in getting a vaccine appointment

$1 million+

in emergency funds distributed to community members


people were supported in applying for Pandemic-EBT benefits


Community Schools


partner schools


youth participants


adult participants


Immigration and Legal Services


Legal Clinic cases


people reached by 10 Immigration Navigators who facilitated 42 activities

Violence Prevention

Street Intervention


participants with 591 case notes




community events


In fiscal year 2021, we sustained the large increase in revenue that we experienced between fiscal years 2019 and 2020.

Fiscal Year 2021

Total Revenue


Total Expenses


Fiscal Year 2020

Total Revenue


Total Expenses


Fiscal Year 2019

Total Revenue


Total Expenses


Supporter List

Thank you to our fiscal year 2021 institutional supporters.

Allstate Insurance Company
Arie and Ida Crown Memorial and Crown Family Philanthropies
Bank of America
The Blowitz-Ridgeway Foundation
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois
Bright Promises Foundation
Central States SER and Chicago Department of Family and Support Services
Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund
The Chicago Community Trust
Chicago Department of Family and Support Services
Chicago Department of Public Health
Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards
Chicago Public Schools, Community Schools Initiative
Chicago Public Schools, School Safety and Security
Chicago Teachers Union Foundation
Chicagoland Workforce Funder Alliance and The Chicago Community Trust
Cook County Justice Advisory Council
Dr. Scholl Foundation
Education Equity Fund
Eleanor Network at CFW (Chicago Foundation for Women)
The Field Foundation of Illinois
Forest Preserves of Cook County and Forest Preserve Foundation
Healthy Communities Foundation
Illinois Action for Children
Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Community Catalyst and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Illinois Department of Human Services, Family and Community Services
Illinois Immigration Funders Collaborative

Illinois Immigration Funders Collaborative and IL Legislative Latino Caucus Foundation
Illinois State Board of Education
IMC Chicago Charitable Foundation
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Jordan Brand and NIKE USA, Inc.
Joyce Foundation
Lincoln Park Zoo
Lloyd A. Fry Foundation
The Lumpkin Family Foundation
Marguerite Casey Foundation
The Mayer & Morris Kaplan Family Foundation
Metropolitan Family Services and Office of the Illinois Attorney General
Metropolitan Family Services and Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority
Michael Reese Health Trust
New Life Centers and Chicago Department of Public Health
New Life Centers, Metropolitan Family Services and Chicago Department of Public Health
New Life Centers, Metropolitan Family Services and Cook County Justice Advisory Council
New Life Centers, Metropolitan Family Services and Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority
Oprah Winfrey Foundation and Live Healthy Chicago
Paul M. Angell Family Foundation
Polk Bros. Foundation
The Resurrection Project and City of Chicago
Robert R. McCormick Foundation
Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust and Kinship Foundation
Southwest Organizing Project and Illinois State Board of Education
Thrive Chicago and Harlem Children's Zone
Union Pacific Foundation
United Way of Metropolitan Chicago
VNA Foundation
Walder Foundation
Walter S. Mander Foundation
West Side United and Clara Lionel Foundation
Whole Kids Foundation
Wieboldt Foundation
Woods Fund Chicago

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