Chicago Heights based nonprofit organization South Suburban Family Wellness Alliance (SSFWA) was awarded a $125,000 grant to help develop the first year of a proposed five-year drug prevention program.
The city was one of 147 communities nationwide to receive grant money through the Drug-Free Communities support program. SSFWA will use the money to help curb increases in youth alcohol consumption, as well as the availability of tobacco and alcohol to young people.
“We are not powerless against the challenge of drug use among young people here in Chicago Heights,” said Mayor David Gonzalez. “Research shows that prevention is the most effective tool we have to reduce the negative consequences associated with drug use among young people. This new funding will allow South Suburban Family Wellness Alliance to help place more young people on the path toward success and enable them to live healthier and safer lives.”
You can read more about the grant on the Chicago Heights city website.