ST. CHARLES, IL — The Lazarus House shelter in St. Charles is set to receive an $18,100 from the Geneva Mental Health Board, with the money to support its critical services to local homeless residents.
Thirteen Kane County nonprofits that serve Geneva residents submitted applications in the fall for funding from the Geneva Mental Health Board. Those organizations are set to share $200,000, about $40,000 short of the total amount requested, according to Suzy Shogren, who chairs the board.
Five Geneva-based organizations will split about $55,000 of that funding, with three Aurora-based organizations to share about $48,000, Shogren revealed during the Geneva City Council’s Dec. 7 meeting.
The coronavirus pandemic has fueled a surge in demand for mental health services from Kane County providers, along with a slew of unplanned expenses for most of 2020, Geneva Mental Health Board member Christine Kautz said.
More than a quarter of adults in the U.S. reported having unmet mental health needs in the past year amid the coronavirus pandemic, Shogren said.