Thresholds Awarded Additional Grant from Boeing Company
Contribution Adds $115,000 Grant for Veteran Mental Health Services
Chicago, IL – Today, the Boeing Company announced that it has awarded the Thresholds Veterans Project an additional grant of $115,000 to support a variety of evidenced-based therapies designed to help veterans manage their symptoms and work through trauma. The award will enhance the Veterans Project’s capacity to provide three evidence-based therapies for veterans, including BREATHE, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.
“Society has many different views about our soldiers and the war,” says Thresholds Veterans Project Program Director, Fernando Valles. “Our clinical staff at Thresholds and Boeing are changing those views one veteran at a time. We are grateful to Boeing for the opportunity to influence our veteran community by finally helping them grow and thrive.”
Boeing’s contribution will also provide essential funding needed to increase therapeutic services, with a focus on increasing outreach to women veterans through systematic, targeted collaboration with community organizations serving this population. Women account for approximately 10% of the entire veteran population, but according to a study by the Disabled American Veterans, nearly one in five women veterans have delayed or gone without needed treatment, and more than half of those who did access care did so for mental health reasons.
“Thresholds is so grateful for the generosity of our friends at Boeing,” says Thresholds CEO Mark Ishaug. “Not only will Thresholds be able to better serve our veteran clients through the expansion of evidence-based services we currently provide, but we will be able to build upon that with a new program that will help us serve these men and women as soon as they come to us. Our reach will be greater than ever, and our impact all the more everlasting.”
Chicago-based Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems. Through purposeful investments, employee engagement and thoughtful advocacy efforts, Boeing and its employees support innovative partnerships and programs that align with the company’s strategic objectives, create value and help build better communities worldwide. Boeing’s efforts are focused on improving access to globally competitive learning, contributing to workforce and skills development, and supporting our military and veteran communities.
Thresholds is one of the largest providers of recovery services for mental health and substance use disorders in Illinois, providing healthcare, housing, and hope for thousands of persons with mental illnesses each year. Through care, employment, advocacy, and housing, Thresholds assists and inspires people with mental illnesses and substance use disorders to reclaim their lives.