Season of Concern is proud to acknowledge the Contributing Theaters and other Companies that have supported our efforts, and encourages you to attend their productions and patronize their businesses.

We also encourage you to investigate our Beneficiary Organizations, to learn about the multitude of services and the human lives that your SOC donation dollars directly support.


THE BISCOTTO-MILLER FUND

The Biscotto-Miller Fund is the only private grant given directly by Season of Concern to local artists in need. Throughout the year, confidential Biscotto-Miller grants are awarded on an as-needed basis to cover short-term emergency costs such as medication, food, and rent for members of our community suffering from debilitating illness of any kind.


THE ACTORS FUND

The Actors Fund, a nonprofit human services organization founded in 1882, serves all professionals - and not just actors! - in film, theater, television, music, opera, and dance through programs that address their unique and essential needs. As a national organization with offices in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago, The Fund directly serves almost 11,000 performing arts and entertainment professionals across the country, and more than 600,000 through our website. In providing care and service to professionals throughout the industry, The Fund's programs are wide in scope, responsive in nature, and produce significant results, affecting the lives of people in our community year after year.


Season of Concern awarded $5,000 to each of the following 16 Chicago area agencies in 2016:


Alexian Brothers Bonventure House in Chicago serves approximately 55 residents each year through its two-year Transitional Living Program for homeless adults with HIV/AIDS, many living with substance use and mental health issues. Bonaventure provides food, shelter and supportive services such as case management, recovery services, occupational therapy, on-site psychotherapy, a nutrition program, and spiritual care, to assist residents in maintaining stable health and housing and breaking the cycle of poverty and homelessness.


The Boulevard of Chicago provides high quality, cost-effective medical respite care, holistic support and housing services to help ill and injured homeless adults break the cycle of homelessness, restore their health and rebuild their lives.


CALOR, a division of Anixter Center, is a leading provider of HIV/AIDS services to more than 1,000 low-income, Chicago area individuals impacted by, or at risk of contracting HIV/AIDS each year. While CALOR provides services to all in need, its primary focus is on Latinos and all people of color. CALOR's confidential, bilingual services are categorized in the following key areas: Prevention and Education (including free HIV and STI testing at multiple locations), Case Management, Employment, and Housing. Each of these areas plays a critical role in enabling clients to maximize their overall health.


The Care2Prevent program at The University of Chicago works to radically reduce HIV transmission events through the provision of comprehensive HIV treatment and prevention services for HIV positive, LGBTQ, and underserved youth communities on the South Side of Chicago. Each year, Care2Prevent reaches more than 500 children, adolescents, and young people year through medical, case management, and behavioral health services as well as outreach and prevention programming.


Helping people in need for nearly 100 years, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago is one of the largest private, not-for-profit social service agencies in the Midwest. Every 30 seconds someone counts on Catholic Charities for help. The Catholic Charities HIV/AIDS program provides comprehensive case management, supportive and clinical counseling, and nutritional services to those living with HIV/AIDS. Program services link clients with medical/dental resources while engaging clients in a wide range of supportive and assistive services designed to improve health and increase their quality of life.


Center on Halsted is the Midwest's most comprehensive community center dedicated to advancing community and securing the health and well-being of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) people of Chicagoland. More than 1,000 community members visit the Center every day, located in the heart of Chicago's Lakeview Neighborhood.


Chicago House and Social Service Agency provides a vast array of programs for those who are disenfranchised by HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ marginalization, poverty, homelessness, and/or gender nonconformity. Through housing, employment services, medical linkage and retention services, HIV prevention services, legal services and other supportive programs, Chicago House helps its clients live healthy, independent, and fulfilling lives. To learn more about getting help, making a donation, or volunteering, visit www.chicagohouse.org.


The Chicago Women’s AIDS Project (CWAP) initiated the first support group for women living with HIV in Chicago in 1988 and has been providing crucial peer support, therapy, treatment education and advocacy ever since. CWAP delivers treatment education workshops (Project SASS) and mental health workshops (Mind, Body and Spirit) designed for women, men and transgender individuals at clinics and residential programs throughout the Chicago area with the assistance of our team of Peer Ambassadors, bilingual staff and therapist. In addition to helping positive women live a healthy life, CWAP is excited to be empowering women returning from prison or jail through the recovery coaching and therapy offered by our Returning Sisters program and through our new PrEP services.


For a quarter century Children’s Place Association has reached out to children whose lives and futures are in jeopardy. We serve Chicago’s most vulnerable children and families – those overwhelmed by illness, poverty, homelessness and abandonment. Opened in 1991 in response to HIV/AIDS, today Children’s Place helps children and families facing a wide range of health issues – including cancer, epilepsy, autism and HIV. Besides serious illness, the common factor among those we serve is extreme poverty. We provide critical assistance focused on health, education, family stability and financial stability.


Heartland Alliance, one of the world’s leading anti-poverty organizations, works in communities in the U.S. and abroad to serve those who are homeless, living in poverty, or seeking safety. It provides a comprehensive array of services in the areas of health, housing, jobs and justice – and leads state and national policy efforts, which target lasting change for individuals and society. Heartland Health Outreach, a subsidiary of Heartland Alliance, works to transform healthcare for the most vulnerable—particularly people experiencing homelessness, mental illness or addictions, living with HIV/AIDS, or struggling with multiple chronic illnesses—improving health for all the well-being of our community.


Founded in 1974, Howard Brown Health delivers high-quality, affordable health services to a patient population and geographic area disproportionately affected by health inequities. As a federally qualified health center (FQHC), Howard Brown underscores collaborative health care management with an emphasis on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people, uninsured and under-insured individuals, and people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA). The agency serves more than 19,000 adults and youth each year through seven programmatic divisions, through primary medical care, behavioral health, and social support services. Through these services, Howard Brown serves its mission of eliminating health disparities and improving health outcomes experienced by LGBTQ individuals through research, education, and the provision of services that promote health and wellness.


Legal Council for Health Justice uses the power of the law to secure dignity, opportunity, and well-being for people facing illness or disability. The Council provides free, immediate legal assistance for low-income people across the region, and its AIDS Legal Council program--founded in 1987--focuses on critical issues for people with HIV and their families. These include access to life-saving health and income assistance programs for the poor and uninsured, the unsteady future of the Ryan White program, changes to Medicare and Medicaid managed care, as well as the effects of the Affordable Care Act on the lives of those with HIV. As the Council has always done over its nearly three decades of existence, it adapts to the changing environment and will do whatever it takes to broaden our reach to serve as many people and their families as is possible.


Open Door has been the premier provider of sexual and wellness for almost 40 years. Our comprehensive care includes early intervention, primary medical care, behavioral health and substance use, and case management for over 500 people living with HIV/AIDS within the 5 collar counties of Cook. We also provide outreach and prevention services to Kane, DeKalb, DuPage, McHenry and suburban Cook Counties.


The Pediatric AIDS Chicago Prevention Initiative’s (PACPI) mission is to eliminate deaths from pediatric AIDS and to reduce transmission of the virus from mothers to their children in the state of Illinois. PACPI helps fund and develop HIV-specific prenatal classes, a statewide hotline for pregnant women living with HIV, enhanced case management linking women living with HIV to care, and rapid testing in Illinois hospitals. Through education, testing, treatment, and support mothers can prevent HIV transmission to their child by 98 percent.


Sinai Health System’s mission is “to improve the health of the individuals and communities it serves;” its vision is “to become the national model for the delivery of urban healthcare.” Sinai is composed of Mount Sinai, Holy Cross, and Schwab Rehabilitation Hospitals, the Sinai Medical Group, Sinai Community Institute, and the Sinai Urban Health Institute. Sinai’s comprehensive infectious diseases program provides HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, and STI screening, testing, therapies, PrEP, navigation, and linkage to/retention in care. Sinai partners with HIV/STI providers across Chicago, and its staff have advanced research and published and presented broadly over the past two decades.


Test Positive Aware Network (TPAN) has provided services to the HIV/AIDS community since 1987. Clients include those who are HIV-positive and those who are vulnerable to HIV. TPAN's mission is "saving lives and empowering those affected by HIV/AIDS and related illnesses". Our vision is "a world positively aware of HIV/Aids and related illnesses". Last year, almost 1,000 people enrolled in at least one TPAN program at our offices in Uptown. Our prevention/outreach staff reached thousands throughout Chicago through our mobile testing program. Current programs and prevention services include: Prevention/Outreach; HIV Testing/Counseling; Needle Exchange; Hepatitis C/STI Screening; Care Coordination; Early Intervention Services; Case Management; Treatment Education; Psychosocial Support; Substance Abuse Treatment; Mental Health Services; Art Therapy; and Retention Services. TPAN has 32 full-time employees and two part-time employees.