ENTACT is dedicated to work that is protective of human health and the environment and recognizes its role and obligations as an organization to improve and sustain and to benefit individuals that we touch directly through our work or indirectly through our outreach and charitable activities. In addition to our annual charitable efforts, many ENTACT employees have long standing history of working with groups and organizations. The following are two examples of how ENTACT employees contribute to their communities:
ENTACT has been a proud supporter of The Harbour for over seventeen years. The Harbour, located in Park Ridge, Illinois provides immediate shelter and support services to young women between the ages of 12 and 24 who are experiencing homelessness, or who are leaving the Department of Children and Family Services care at the age of 21. The service, which was founded in 1971, has operated in Des Plaines, Illinois since its inception. Today, The Harbour operates a homeless shelter, four transitional living congregate care homes, and many scattered site apartments.
The triage services provided to young women include those that meet basic needs: shelter, food, clothing, and hygiene products. The Harbour’s all female Bachelor level direct care staff and Master’s level case management team provides essential counseling, discharge planning, and referrals to community partners. Additional services and supports are provided to ensure that young women are on a path to safe and stable housing and productive adulthood.
The Harbour provides residential services to an average of 100 young women per year. The crisis line fields an average of 500 calls annually of people seeking services; referrals are provided to all people regardless of age, gender, or geographic location.
ENTACT has supported the overall mission of the agency as well as the young women directly through monetary and non-monetary donations. In addition, ENTACT Vice President Tom Frawley, annually volunteers to teach the girls the importance of filing their taxes.
Learn more at www.theharbour.org
The Bengal Group
The Bengal Group, Inc. was founded in 1987 by a collection of Baton Rouge area businessmen— including our own Business Development Associate, Mitch Wall— many of whom are graduates of LSU. Searching for a way to help students truly in need of financial assistance, it was agreed upon to establish a scholarship fund with those particular individuals in mind.
“We all take our turn leading these efforts, I have acted as President twice, and filled every other office over the years,” says Mitch.
The Bengal Group fashioned its mission to provide assistance to deserving individuals, may are non-traditional student types, usually facing particular hardships. Single moms, working parents, young adults with little or no support, inner city kids hoping for a brighter future as well as those who simply don’t have the money to attend school; these are the people who truly need our help.
One of our previous candidates was Amanda Brewer. Born in Baton Rouge, Amanda attended Christian Life Academy, graduated in 2005, and enrolled at LSU that fall in Elementary Education. A string of medical problems together with the birth of her daughter, Alexie, took Amanda off the fast track for completion of her degree requirements. Today, Amanda is a senior, maintaining a 3.5 GPA, and plans to graduate this December. In spite of her medical issues and the responsibilities of raising a child, we were still impressed with Amanda’s determination to finish her degree and become a school teacher. She has found great help from her mother and from her church, The Healing Place. The Bengal Group is proud to be able to help Amanda finish this home stretch of her education.
Learn more at www.thebengalgroup.org
This year, ENTACT has made gifts to the following local and national organizations:
DuPage P.A.D.S., Inc. www.dupagepads.org
The Harbour, Inc. www.theharbour.org
The Fisher House Foundation www.fisherhouse.org
Operation Home Front www.operationhomefront.net
Northern Illinois Food Bank www.solvehungertoday.org
SEARCH Homeless Services www.searchproject.org
Houston Food Bank www.houstonfoodbank.org
North Texas Food Bank www.ntfb.org
Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance www.mdhadallas.org
Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank www.pittsburghfoodbank.org
Operation Safety Net www.pmhs.org/operation-safety-net
The Wounded Warrior Project www.woundedwarriorproject.org
Marines Toys for Tots Foundation www.toysfortots.org
The Bengal Group www.thebengalgroup.org
Birds Eye View Project www.birdseyeviewproject.org