Nash Disability Law: Advocating for Our Clients and Our Community

April 4, 2017

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” That quote from Winston Churchill sums up quite well what we believe and practice every day at Nash Disability Law. We are active in our advocacy for our clients and for Chicago-area social services. Here are just some of the organizations we support:

  • Chicago Family Health Center – a primary care medical home for thousands of Chicagoans, including some of the city’s most vulnerable populations.
  • Mercy Housing – works to create stable, vibrant, and healthy communities by developing housing opportunities for those with limited economic resources.
  • Voices for IL Kids – an independent advocacy organization that champions strong public policies and investments for all children in our state.
  • Community Counseling Centers of Chicago – C4 offers a comprehensive range of services designed to help those with behavioral health challenges.
  • Thresholds -provides healthcare, housing, and hope for thousands of persons in Illinois with mental illnesses and substance use disorders each year.
  • Lazarus House – a charitable organization helping persons who are homeless or at risk of homelessness by providing hospitality, food, safe shelter, and education – tools for life.
  • Pillars – the largest nonprofit provider of mental health and social services in the western and southwestern suburbs of Chicago, serving 10,000 people each year.
  • Community Health Chicago (West Town and Englewood) – a leader in delivering comprehensive, high-quality, patient-centered healthcare at no cost to low-income, uninsured adults in need of a medical home.
  • Legal Assistance Foundation – provides high quality civil legal services to people living in poverty, and to other vulnerable groups.
  • Grand Prairie Services – a not-for-profit behavioral healthcare provider with over 66 years of experience in providing outpatient counseling and mental health services.
  • Trilogy, Inc. – another private not-for-profit behavioral healthcare organization serving people with serious mental illness in the city of Chicago and its surrounding suburbs.
  • Erie Family Health Center – delivers high quality medical and dental care to patients in the language of their choice and with respect for their cultural values and beliefs.
  • Ecker Center – provides an array of outpatient mental health services including crisis intervention, psychiatry, and counseling programs for adults, children, and adolescents.
  • Heartland Health Centers – with 15 locations serving Chicago’s north side and nearby suburbs, HHC provides patients affordable and comprehensive medical, oral, and mental health care services.
  • Chicago House – serves those disenfranchised by HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ marginalization, poverty, homelessness, and/or gender nonconformity by providing housing, employment services, HIV prevention services, legal services, and other supportive programs.
  • Human Resource Development Institute – at the forefront of addressing the many health issues affecting our community and provides more than 40 programs in a wide range of need areas.
  • Kedzie Center – provides accessible, high quality, and culturally-informed mental health care to North River residents in collaboration with key partners and local people.
  • Lutheran Social Services of IL – responds to the Gospel and brings healing, justice, and wholeness to people and communities.
  • AID – helps thousands of women each year in the Chicago metropolitan area who find themselves facing unexpected and difficult pregnancies.
  • Anixter Center – serves people of all ages with disabilities and related challenges by providing teens and adults residential, educational, employment, socialization, and health services.
  • Franciscan Outreach – extends a helping hand to people in poverty offering hospitality and services with meals, shelter, shower facilities, and laundry services for men, women and children in a model of respect and dignity.
  • Night Ministry – provides housing, health care, and human connection to members of our community struggling with poverty or homelessness.
  • Metropolitan Family Services – part mentor, part motivator, and part advocate, and has been an engine of change empowering Chicago-area families to reach their greatest potential and positively impact their communities.
  • South Asian Bar Association – affords South Asian lawyers a recognized forum for professional growth and advancement and focuses on the legal needs of the South Asian community.
  • WBEZ – a noncommercial public radio station affiliated with both National Public Radio and Public Radio International.
  • WTTW – a public media organization committed to creating and presenting independent, unique television and digital media content.
  • Weishfest – a fundraising event for the Andrew Weishar Foundation, which provides immediate resources and financial assistance to families with adolescents or young adults stricken with cancer.
  • Kicks 4 the City – provides shoes for people in the Chicago area who are homeless.

We also are proud supporters of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. NAMI is working hard to support families impacted by mental illness and to eliminate its stigma. One of the organization’s key events every year is Light the Darkness, NAMI Chicago’s annual awards dinner which brings people together to illuminate the path to change and raise funds for NAMI’s important work. The March 30th event was attended by eight of our attorneys and staff members.

Nash Disability Law at NAMI
(Pictured from L-R: Attorney Stephen Pauwels, Case Manager Krista Wilkins, Attorney Brianne Stricoff, Benefits Case Manager Sean Freund, Case Manager Caitlin Plefka, Case Manager Mandisa Innis, Case Manager Shantel Johnson, Attorney Andrew Barone)